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!
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.
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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