The anagram of OMICRON = NO CRIMBO was the funny little meme being sent around a couple of weeks ago when we weren’t quite aware that it was going to be true. It won’t be “No Christmas” of course, but it’s looking a lot less like Christmas than we all wanted it to look like, after last year. Yesterday felt like a “hurry up and get your Covid virus here, last day you can get it if you want to be out of isolation before Christmas” and I cannot believe how prevalent it is and how it’s racing through London.
If my experience is anything to go by then the wave is tsunami sized and we could well be in trouble by Christmas. Virtually everyone I know has it or knows someone who has it. My brother currently has it, my niece and nephew have it, my partner’s daughter has it, several of my friends have it and my children’s friends are dropping like flies and of course they have been with them at every event they are dropping at and much as it’s tempting to wrap my children in cling film and hang them upside down until Christmas Day so that their Grandmother will be safe, I simply can’t do that to them. In fact, they are doing it more consciously themselves – my son has cancelled most of his birthday plans for next week and virtually every party and gathering we were going to has been cancelled or at least postponed for now. It’s all very depressing to be honest – especially if you’re going to be one of the one million people having to isolate on Christmas day.
I’m feeling even more depressed because the government are clearly having a meltdown and that is not what we all need right now. I’m the first person to disapprove of Johnson (not going to call him Boris anymore as not entirely sure why we do?), but I honestly cannot understand why 100 MP’s voted against his practical measures to beat Omicron, simply in order to publicly humiliate him and let him see their disapproval. In general it’s something the public agree with and surely it’s an own goal because it makes Labour suddenly look like the only grown-up in the room. It’s truly PATHETIC and now means that Johnson will be deterred from introducing any further legal restrictions to secure the safe running of the NHS over Xmas and will leave the virus to run amok through our virtually empty streets. As far as I understand, this mutant variation is a lot less concerning than the other variants in that it’s less likely to cause respiratory issues and more likely to just give you a sore throat and some nausea, but can’t confirm at this stage whether that’s true. No one wants another lockdown, but most of us don’t mind the vaccine passport as far as I’m aware? These 100 MPS all voted for ID cards back in the day – what’s the difference?
ALSO we are meant to be testing, testing, testing and getting our boosters and there are no bloody lateral flow tests available at the moment. I’ve tried…and failed and the PCR centres are also over-run:-
It is an absolute shit show (is that one word or two?) and I feel sorry for everyone.