There is very little I can do in these unprecedented times, however I have a platform to jot my views about this crisis so I am going to use it in a desperate plea that people cooperate with the guidelines that the Government have set!! Just do it please!!!
March 23rd 2020 is a day that will go down in history; as residents of the UK witness something that many of our generation have never seen before. I am presuming that you all know what I’m referring to, or at least I bloody well hope you know!!! I warn you now that this blog is spoken with various emotions which I am pretty confident everyone in the world is facing right now! Frustration, anxiety, uncertainty and helplessness are the main 4 emotions that I am feeling right now. What about you?
We all know how this pandemic story starts..
3 months ago (January 2020) the news revealed that a new Coronavirus 🦠 known as (Covid-19) broke out in Wuhan, China in December 2019. 🇨🇳 China immediately went on lock down, I repeat immediately! They shut off all contact with the rest of the world. Little did we know that we would be in exactly the same position 3 months down the line and China are only just getting back up and running!
How did this nightmare transpire?
Your guess is as good as mine! Lets not get political…There are many conspiracy theory’s behind the leading cause of this virus; of which there are too many to name right now. The truth about this virus is a bloody mystery! Whoever/whatever is responsible for this I must say you’ve done a royal job of creating merry hell! 🤬I have heard that the virus has mutated from animals. (I shared a little information post on my facebook page).
The actions that have been enforced and that we now face as todays norms…
•A ridiculous number of deaths and critically ill people across the world.
•Lockdowns in several country’s
•The nation setting up work stations at home..
•NHS working into the ground to care for people! (Retired nursing staff employed into hospital wards!)
•Event cancellations (Big and small) concerts, walking and running events, sports, weddings, baptisms; you name it it’s cancelled!
•Flights cancelations (Although not enough in my opinion!)
•School, University and College closures
✦ Parents are home Schooling their children
•School Exams Canceled!!!
•Social isolation/ Social distancing measures (2m)
•Washing our hands until our hands are bleeding! (Please make sure you are using moisturiser!)
•Every shop, hotel, restaurant, gym, place of worship, non essential place known by man and dog is closed DOWN!
• Job loss, redundancy and a Mega Economic Crisis that will no doubt be an ongoing issue after this is all over!
• Doctor appointments only led by telephone
•Panic buying and greed! (Particularly toilet roll, pasta and baby formula!!)
*It was enforced on 23rd March 2020 that we must not leave our homes unless absolutely necessary this meaning only:*
1. To buy food or medicine
2.If you are going for 1 walk/run alone to exercise and if you come across people you must social distancing 2m apart (I reckon we can exercise without leaving our home!). Stick yer heed out the window for fresh air do some star jumps in the living room and lift a few tins of spaghetti! All the bash! 😛
3. To Travel to work if absolutely necessary. (Meaning only do so if it is a job that you are absolutely unable to do at home). Employers should encourage remote working at all costs!!!! Protect your workers and the NHS workforce! They are struggling as it is!
*Wash your hands as soon as you return home!!!*
How YOU can help the world get over this Pandemic!
It is simple…. Please please please STAY AT HOME!!!!!!!!!!
This is a great illustration which demonstrates that by taking your self out the equation ( i.e. staying at home) you are removing the risk of the spread of the virus! If we all do this look what we could achieve! Hopefully a flat curve in the number of cases of Covid-19. STAY AT HOME!
✦Stay at home; social distance yourself from people external to your home.
✦Self isolate for 14 days away from the outside world and your family if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 . (Fever or dry cough). All of your family must do this 14 day isolation too!
✦Stop the panic buying, for god sake there is no need for this!!! If you are one of these people I need to tell you that you are making it incredibly difficult for others to survive; particularly the elderly, and nurses and doctors who have worked long hour shifts (those who are looking after the critically ill people). Mothers are struggling to source baby formulae to feed their babies!!! Just Stop clearing the shelves of toilet roll and baby formulae! And stop selling items all over the internet for extortionate prices it’s not helping!! Be considerate!
✦Look after your employee’s health and well being! This is not easy for anyone, we ALL must work together to make this nightmare go away! Don’t force employees to go into work to do something that they could do from the safety of their own home, because by forcing this upon people you are essentially putting their lives and those of others at risk and adding to the strain of NHS workers. I really cannot stress this one enough!! Be kind and sensible and help reduce the spread of COVID-19!!!!
✦Keep clean– Wash your hands regularly particularly when you return from the shops, and before you eat or drink. Do not touch anything if your hands are no clean. This virus is sticking to things and can live on a surface for a long time. Change your clothes if you have been out. Wipe your phone down if you have been out in public with it.
✦Stop abusing shop workers! They are just as much front line workers as hospitals! They are doing their best to stock the shelves and provide food for everyone! Fuel which is needed to look after one another. I have heard stories that far too many people are shouting and screaming at shop assistants. It is not on!! STOP IT!! Be kind!
✦Stay away from elderly people as much as you can. If you are bringing shopping to your grandparents or to those who are considered as a high risk (who have an underlying health condition) leave the shopping outside their door! Protect yer granny and grandpa! 🙂
✦ Use your common sense!!!!
Managing Self Isolation!
You may feel bored and helpless just staying at home; but I fact it is the biggest support to reducing the growth of this nightmare! By illuminating the risk of transmitting the virus you are playing a huge part in reducing the growth of the virus. Stay at home!!!
+Be thankful if you are fit and well today. Many people right now would take boredom at home over being critically ill with COVID-19 and connected to a life support unit!
I will be posting some ideas to stay occupied during self-isolation soon so look out for that!
Why is Staying at home so important?
Staying at home unless vitally necessary is so important because The NHS are seriously running dry of hospital beds, staff and life support units; not only for Covid-19 sufferers but for other health emergencies. Pleaseeeee STAY AT HOME! It will save lives!
This virus is more contagious and dangerous than a flu; just take a look at the death rate- do you really think that scientists and the Government would put the whole world in lockdown for a wee seasonal flu?! Get real! Read the info I posted on my facebook page it gives you more information about the virus in simple terms.
Yes many sufferers have underlying health conditions, but you can still be carrying the virus with no symptoms at all and have the ability of transmitting the virus to others. STAY AT HOME!!!
Follow the measures that the government are setting. They are setting these measures for reason so please don’t ignore it! Do as your told!! This is not for fun, this is for everyone’s benefit including yours! You need to understand that the quicker you obey the rules the quicker this nightmare can calm down and we can get back to “normal”. We are aiming for a seriously quick and rapid drop in this Epidemic curve! So let’s work together to fight back at COVID-19! STAY AT HOME !!!
What are the nuggets of positivity in this Pandemic?
There has been a lot of misery from this pandemic, however there is always a silver lining…
- There is a lot of kindness and thoughtful people looking out for others who are more vulnerable.
- Theres various virtual challenges and videos to get involved with..
- Facebook is full of musical joy. A lot of music artists have taken to putting on little live performances to keep us all going! Thank you!!!
- There is the odd humorous video posted to put a smile on peoples face!
- Many businesses have supported the NHS workers in any way that they can..
- This is a time to step back and spend with family.
- The earth is not as polluted with there being less transport and fossil fuels burning
- Innovation, creativity and evidence of some working together..
- Digital technology is your friend use it! Facetime, make calls, message people you love.
The list goes on! We need to work together to get through this pandemic! One day it will all be over with, let’s look back and say we did it and we did the best we could to save lives! We stayed at home!!!!
Take care, stay safe and STAY AT HOME!!
Lots of love from
“A lifestyle blog written by a Scottish Lassie”