Saturday, 21 March 2020
Coronavirus UK, 2020
Well, it's now 2020 and the robots aren't here doing my housework. Nor are there hoverboards or replicators. Instead, we have a virus running rampant, causing untold amounts of hardship and thousands of deaths. This is not the future I had in mind, thank you very much.
But since it's the future that we're stuck with for the moment, I decided to resurrect my old blog so that I could wile away the hours doing something that I enjoy - prattling on to no one in typed form, about nothing in particular.
Except. I guess this isn't nothing. It's a pretty humongous something in fact.
As it stands today there are over 300,000 known cases of Coronavirus worldwide with almost 13,000 deaths. Here in the UK we have over 5,000 cases and 233 deaths.
We have all been told to stay in our homes as much as is practically possible. Schools closed at the end of last week and so did all pubs, restaurants and cafes. Well, they were told that they have to close. Schools have been working out who are the "key workers" needed to keep up vital services such as NHS, food production, schooling and tons more. The children of those key workers may still go to school if no other option is possible, but only as a last resort.
People in certain higher risk groups such as those over 70 and those with underlying medical conditions have been told to self-isolate at home for at least 12 weeks in order to protect themselves.
The supermarket shelves are bare of many things, most notably toilet roll, pasta, bread and hand sanitiser.
It's a truly crazy time to be alive, it really is! I know that there will be plenty of people documenting this, and I'm certainly not going to be a stand out correspondent of the time, but I would like to get down some thoughts and events for our little family.
Plus, in keeping with the spirit that this blog was created in, I am going to use this time to simplify and get back to basics at home. Let's face it - there might not be much of an option except from simple. With hoards of people being laid off across the nation and having to self-isolate for 14 days with little to no pay every time one of us runs a temperature or gets a new cough! We're all skint! But we are all in this together.
Posted by Sarah Nello at 19:12