So unsurprisingly, stronger new measures have just come in to keep us at home and out of pubs, restaurants, clubs, bars, theatres, cinemas, overseas, even family gatherings, whilst we collectively attempt to battle the hot new bug on the planet. It’s very hard to comprehend the enormity of the terror element for everyone – especially when they’re saying they are trying to curb 250K people dying by taking this action – instead limiting the numbers to thousands or tens of thousands. This, coupled with the fear of financial collapse whereby millions of people will now be out of work (hopefully temporarily) as our social fabric shuts down. Lets hope the government are at least going to come up with something as reassuring as Macron in France has – saying that he won’t let any businesses fail. That’s a humungous task, given where we are with our airlines, cruises, the travel industry in general, let alone stock market…
What happens when everyone is working from home? Surely even some of the complicated software and internet capabilities are going to struggle? How are parents going to work from home when they have small children off school? So many questions, so few answers.
This is an unprecedented crisis and it’s all going to kick off massively in the next few weeks I suspect. I know people who are currently self isolating with suspected Covid-19, who work on the frontline in hospitals and they are no longer being tested. Just told to self isolate and once they feel better come back to work! WTF? We need to keep testing surely? Otherwise how will we know who has any sort of immunity or who is going to get back in the workplace and drop down with it immediately because actually they just had a cold for a week.
There is no doubt that we are all going to have to pull together in the coming weeks and months. We have a WhatsApp group for our street – there are quite a few elderly neighbours and every single one of us have said that we can help where necessary. Older people won’t necessarily be able to get out to buy the supplies they need, but also what about all the people who can’t afford to buy food at all, let alone stockpile supplies?
I have just been to the supermarket and people were queuing to get in first thing this morning. One of the members of staff in there was desperately upset as he watched one woman scoop literally all the packets of pasta into her bag. What about everyone else? This has got to stop. We can’t be selfish at times like this.
There was a new delivery of loo rolls in that disappeared as fast as they could stack them – like watching locusts at work.
I’m not even sure what the theory is behind the logic that has transcended borders and cultures – the panic buying of loo rolls is quite a new thing – we’re not going to die if we can’t wipe our bums, we can just get in the shower. I think it started because we read that Hong Kong had run out of loo rolls and we are all just in panic mode.
WE ALL NEED BIDETS!! Or those Japanese loo’s that release a spray wash and a warm seat once you’ve finished.
People are only just learning how to wash their hands. “Now Wash Your Bum” could be a whole new campaign. We should all start singing “Happy Bidet To You” (twice) when washing our hands in an effort to remind ourselves that this is not the end of the world.
Dr Stephen Taylor says “one thing that happens during pandemics, when people are threatened with infection, is that their sensitivity to disgust increases” and that it’s our “conditioned symbol of safety”. Really? I just think we are behaving like lemmings and this is simply herd mentality.
HOW CAN WE ALL HELP MAKE VENTILATOR’S?? IS IT TOO LATE? WHO HAVE THE GOVERNMENT CONTACTED? NOT ROLLS ROYCE YET APPARENTLY….HOW LONG DO THEY TAKE TO MAKE?? AAAAGH.
Thank you to the EU for these great words of support, but I slightly suspect they are going to need everything they can lay their hands on for themselves:-
DAY 1 AT HOME LIST (WHEN I’M NOT WORKING FROM HOME)
Try and make a ventilator
Go for a walk – plenty of fresh air with friends or family will be crucial for body and soul
Learn a language
Clean out cupboards
Get good at crosswords
Try to stop my children from panicking
Help people who need supplies
Sort out all my admin
Get into a good routine so that we don’t all go stir crazy
Keep calm and breath
Spray everything and keep washing hands
Clear all 4000 emails that I don’t need
Wash hands again
Venture out to shops for supplies
Try to think of creative ways to keep my 19 year old son at home and busy
Most importantly keep checking in with nature and try to remind myself that “this too shall pass” even if it’s going to take a while.