‘‘It always seems impossible until it is done.” ~ Nelson Mandela.
Over on our shared site Weekly Prompts my partner GC and I have a Wednesday challenge named The Elbow Bump. GC asks if this novel approach to greeting people is safe, or could it be a little too close and personal.
We are hoping our readers will not give our challenge the ‘Elbow’ but will let us know the situation in their neck of the woods.
My personal response takes the form of a little lighthearted relief followed by an opinion of how it really is!
We all know the popularity of the Elbow Bump is down to the Coronavirus, Covid-19, but I wonder if any of you are in the same mind as me, do you believe that some people are not taking the virus seriously enough?
A comment from a blogger on my previous article ‘All About It’, set off a train of thought that culminated in my urge to write this follow up article, and conveniently it ties in nicely with The Elbow Bump.
The Comment on Part One – 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?
My Reply to the blogger – Hopefully, you read this article as it was intended to be read, not as a fear-mongering piece, but a report on 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.
From what I have read recently, it seems that many people are still not aware that this global crisis is not all about how it affects us as individuals, but also about the effect we have on others.
Our government has asked those of us over the age of seventy or with health problems to self-isolate for three months. I’m sure everyone is aware that self-isolation defines as not going out into the community, not leaving our homes.
Visitors may call but they must follow the strict guidelines – washing hands thoroughly for twenty seconds, that’s two verses of Happy Birthday – And they must stay at least two metres away from the person/s in isolation.
When the visitors have left our homes, everything they touched should be disinfected. Door handles, taps and toilet seats etc.
On Monday the government announced that shielding the elderly, keeping them safe is their priority. https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
The stark facts – At this moment in time there isn’t a country in the world that has sufficient medical staff, intensive care beds and ventilators to cope with the high numbers of older people and those with existing health issues; this is the group most likely to be severely affected by Covid-19, and medical staff do not want to be in the same position as Spain and Italy, choosing who lives and who dies!
By asking us to self-isolate our government is buying time, time to prepare and equip our hospitals and time to slow down Corvid-19. For what it’s worth, as difficult and stressful as this is, I think it is an excellent strategy. Well done Boris!
Everyone must understand the severity of the virus. Those not in the high-risk groups should not adopt the I’m alright Jack attitude because it is precisely this group of people that will endanger those of us who are most at risk.
On a lighter note, it has occurred to me that if America were to follow the UK’s advice, Donald Trump would need to hand over control to his 60 year old deputy, unless of course he’s planning on governing by Twitter – ah, wait, doesn’t he mostly do that anyway?
And let’s not forget the other two old-age pensioners (seniors) currently running for the presidency, both much nearer 80 than 70! I use the word running lightly!
Gerry and I challenged our readers to tell us how other governments and other people are handling this pandemic. What simple precautions are advised for you and do you take notice?
The link to our challenge is below
Editorial Note: My apologies for the initial early publication of this article and for any confusion this morning. Yesterday I had problems with the Scheduler. Today the pingback to Weekly Prompts failed. After several new attempts at a pingback I eventually copied my article, gave it a new title and deleted the first! Hopefully, normal service has been resumed!
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Wednesday Challenge Elbow Bump from Weekly Prompts.