All About ‘It’

Sunday 15th March – FOWC Browse,  RDP Something

“Great satisfaction comes from sharing with others!” – Anon.   But in this instance not if you’re the recipient!

Catching 2


We’re all handling this blooming thing differently; we think about it, talk about it, some of us make a tremendous fuss and panic about it, and lots of us blog about it, but none of us is an authority on it unless one of us is unfortunate enough to catch it.

On Friday my Canadian partner Gerry (GC) blogged about it on his site The Main Aisle, yesterday (Saturday), my Australian friend Maureen also blogged about it on her site How To Be Eighty. Another Australian Colleague, Jennifer Wilson No Place for Sheep wrote a very interesting article, about the way the Australian  government is mishandling the advice.

Let’s face it no matter how our governments handle the situation intense criticism will prevail, none of them can do right for doing wrong, they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place!

Gerry wrote about the sensible precautions some of us take to keep ourselves safe, but he also expressed concern about live TV shows and the studio audiences.

I added my two pennyworth to his comments box …

I read about widespread panic in the US, but I’m unsure why so many people feel they need to be tested, isn’t this a waste of resources?

It would be ridiculous to test everyone who has a temperature or a cough because the usual cold/flu season is still with us. And of those who do contract the virus, the majority will not become too ill.

Over here, we are instructed that if any of us has a cold or temperature we should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. If after seven days our condition is worse or hasn’t improved we should seek medical help. No one should turn up at a hospital or GP’s surgery (doctor’s office).  In the first instance help should be sought via the phone. Common sense prevails here.

As you know, I had lunch in a hotel with a group of friends yesterday to celebrate our friend’s 70th. I made the decision that this will be my last social occasion for some time.

My children have said that when they visit they will wash their hands for the recommended full 20 seconds, will no longer kiss and hug me and will keep a few metres distance when they visit. Each of them has offered to do the shopping. That said, I am happy to shop online.

I don’t think they are over-reacting, they are attempting to protect me because as you also know, colds and flu always go to my chest.

PS. all sporting events have been cancelled in the UK.

The World Health Organisation has been expecting another pandemic for some time. It also knew of the frightening speed it would spread around the world, and as I understand it, most countries already had pandemic plans in place.

What I have noticed is the differing advice that each country offers. Australia advises that people should keep a distance of just one metre (just over 3ft) between each other. The World Health Organisation and the UK advise two metres (approx 6ft. 7inch). After browsing the WHO I definitely know which advice I am taking.

A health spokesman informed the UK to expect 80% of us to contract the virus – the figure is uncertain it could go either way. On Friday Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that many families will lose loved ones before their time. 

‘Old folks’ have been blamed and labelled a Drain on NHS resources because we are living too long. Ah, so that’s why we’ve paid our taxes all these years, not for our own benefit but for that of the younger generations!

According to one of my daughters, I have joined the ranks of old folk! I don’t feel like an old folk, does anyone? Is there an age, a stage where we declare ourselves to be an old folk? What is the singular of folks anyway? 

It’s pretty safe to assume that as this virus takes a hold, some of us old folks will no longer be draining the system! Mmm… perhaps Safe is the wrong adjective! 

The virus is expected to peak in the UK in around 14 weeks. The worry for our government is that although the measures are expected, if schools and institutions shut down too early, people will become bored of hanging around at home in social isolation and will begin to circulate before the virus has peaked, and this will have the effect of the virus kicking off again!

Yesterday, my son asked why I was unconcerned about my health. He’s mistaken, I am concerned, but there is little point in panicking, something very big  (quoting Trump) is happening whether we like it or not,  I will take my precautions and I’ll take each day as it comes. 

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I am also concerned for my family and friends, because being a realist if anything is a certainty right now, it’s this … no matter what precautions we take, this is a pandemic and it’s inevitable that many of us if not most will fall victim to COVID-19 and not all of us will survive.

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32 thoughts on “All About ‘It’

  1. I’m trying to carry on as normal, but taking extra care with washing hands etc. No one really knows what the outcome will be, we can only hope and do our best, oh and keep blogging. Stay safe, Sue.

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Like Maureen, How To Be Eighty, your blog is calm and practical. No hysteria to whip your readers into a frenzy. Thank you for that. On this side of the pond, newscasters carried the bad news from health officials that Covid-19 will likely be here until September! Wasn’t expecting that. But, like that old tired saying, it is what it is.

    If people would just step back and take a deep breath, and reach inside themselves and locate their common sense again, we’ll get through this. Granted, some of us will come through better than others, but panicking now won’t change that fact.

    My prayers go out to all of us that Covid-19 has a quick and permanent death and that many years from now, we’ll all be saying, “Remember that awful virus in 2020?”

    Stay well and be safe my friend.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Me too! I’m not sure if it’s been announced yet but a family member health professional informed us that the government has been asked to advise everyone over 70 to self isolate. She also said that the virus has proved to be more dangerous to those with heart conditions than to those with respiratory illnesses!

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      1. That’s it – I’m doomed!
        My board of trustees at the charity I chair has an average age of 73. We couldn’t make the quorum of five if we had to self isolate. Looks like virtual meetings from now on!!

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  3. A good approach, Sue. Like you, I was surprised to be included among the ‘elderly’ 60 and over. Yesterday a friend and I went for a long walk and there were a lot of people out in the parks and on the bike trails. This seemed perfectly safe to me. Apparently cheap, ‘big box’ stores have been seeing some crazy panic buying, but my grocery store was fine. I have been looking for ‘peak’ numbers and haven’t found them, so was interested to see yours. I’m perfectly happy to hunker down and not go to restaurants or other places where I can’t distance. My workplace has encouraged people to telework, so I’m doing that and perfectly capable of practicing good hygiene with my dried out hands for an extended period. Enjoy farm walks and visits and stay well.

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    1. Hello Lisa, yes, life continues.
      As I understand it, the advice for each day/stage has been planned within the pandemic guide. This also means that each country will be at a different stage of the virus and following the guide for that particular stage. Though the basic rules of hygiene etc are the same for everyone.
      The government here has also taken a look at advice from China.

      Given the arrogance of some governments or individuals, I’m pretty sure that some will be making up the rules as they go along!

      Thank you. Lisa, stay well. 🙂

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  4. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2020 and commented:
    Let’s face “IT”. The corona Virus is not only a political hot potato but an economic nightmare and a World Health Organization blunder. “It” is a pandemic and eventually the whole will succumb to it. Susan’s article tries to clarify things from her neck of the woods’ – gc

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  5. What a good post Sue.
    Working for the NHS (National Health Service) I am sure we are as prepared as we can be. Whatever happens there will be those who will complain and those who will be grateful. As as non clinical worker I can’t do much but help behind the desk where needed in our local hospitals or clinics – if and when I can.

    My mum, at 84, has COPD and a heart condition which are both managed but obviously we are hoping she will escape this virus, along with my 86 year old dad who would be her main carer as they look after themselves at home!

    My own advice would be take each day as it comes. Sit or walk outside when you can, enjoy the sunshine when you can. Write, draw, paint, garden, phone friends and family. Be cautious but don’t panic.

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    1. Hello Selina, Thank you so much for your kind comments.
      I think your advice is sensible. As for me I am grateful I live here, at least I can take walks in the fields without bumping into anyone apart from livestock.

      I do hope your parents stay well, I will think about you. 🙂

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  6. Hi, Sue, I love your post and especially your humour. The ‘old folk(s)’ reference amused me. If lots of us who are over 60 (how ridiculously young is that to be called old?) were to be carried off by the virus, the world could be a better place, because we are such a drain!

    Thank you also for the share of my blog details.

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    1. Good Morning Maureen, just after 07:00 AM here.

      Thank you so much for liking the post. I am about to write a part two to the post, initiated by an innocent comment that someone left just after yours.


  7. Enjoyed your post. 🙂
    As I told a friend lately, my chances of being injured or killed in a vehicle accident are so much higher than suffering severely from this virus, yet I go out on the highway almost daily. Or maybe we should all start staying home now to avoid accidents? Thanks for participating in the prompt.

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    1. Hopefully, you read this article as it was intended to be read, not as fear-mongering, but a report of the situation at my side of the pond, including a little hint of humour to lighten the post. 

      I wrote that most people won’t become too ill, or as you put it, suffer severely. I hope you are young enough and healthy enough to be amongst this group because, for those with underlying health problems, the scenario is likely to be very different.

      Thank you for your reply, Christine, you have inadvertently instigated a part two to this post. Take care and stay safe.

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  8. Thank you for the wisdom that you shared with love and concern, Sue.
    I’m living my life now, as I’ve lived it my whole life…I take just one day at a time. And at night before bed I think of how grateful I am to have lived that day. I have so many things to be thankful for.
    Stay safe and well.

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  9. All the social activities we usually enjoy have been cancelled but although we are over 75 we are still using the shops and walking the dog. If we are to be imprisoned in a few weeks we will do as much as we can to live our lives normally until then. Sorry I can’t use the bus but walking may keep me fitter. Julie.

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    1. I have already begun social isolation which more or less borders on self-isolation. I don’t mind in the slightest, but I do accept that compared to many others I am fortunate in having all my five children scattered around me, each of them lives within a ten-minute drive.

      It’s at this early stage of the virus that we of a certain age need the protection of our homes, a few months down the line the virus will have weakened and the effects will be less serious.
      I wish you both the best Julie.


  10. A thoughtful post, Sue. Now, all of a sudden I’m an old person, which is a sobering thought. Cold and flu also go to my chest, so I’m being extra careful and nagging hubby to be the same. We’ve both had the flu vaccine but I suppose it won’t be effective against this new virus I read somewhere that youngsters are referring to it as ‘the boomer remover’. 😳

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    1. Boomer Remover! Oh, that’s awful.
      Right now nothing is effective against the virus.
      I already knew I was an old person but to hear others refer to me in general terms as the elderly comes as a shock. I’ll bet that even those in their eighties don’t regard themselves as elderly either! Thank you, Sylvia 🙂

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