I’m worried. I’m worried because we aren’t taking this seriously. Today was St Patrick’s Day and although the parade in Liverpool was postponed, I’m sure there were still thousands of revellers out celebrating in the pubs and bars. One last hurrah before we are inevitably ordered by the government to remain indoors.
Nothing against people enjoying themselves at all. But because it has currently only been “recommended” by the government that people don’t go to bars and clubs etc, this has masked the severity of what is coming.
I don’t mean to frighten people but the truth is, unfortunately, frightening. And from all the various accounts I’ve been reading over the last fortnight, I believe this to be the truth.
In Italy, the situation is desperate:
On March 3rd there were 2502 cases of Covid-19
On March 15th there were 24,747 cases!
The death toll is estimated at 7.8%!!
It has already reached the point where doctors don’t have the equipment, bed space or staff to treat all the cases coming in. So they have to select who they choose lives and who gets left to die. This isn’t a movie. This is real.
Today it has been announced that there are no more beds available in intensive case in Bergamo, as well as the devastating news that over 100 family doctors in the area have contracted the disease. Doctors are dying! It’s absolutely catastrophic!
This is just one small area of a country being ravaged by this devastating virus.
The mortality rate is much higher than the figures released by China, who possibly tried to play it down somewhat? Maybe.
Either way, in the U.K. we continue to live in a state of dangerous ignorance, like it’s not going to affect us. It will. Badly. Our NHS is on it’s arse already, so we can expect the same catastrophe to unfold here very soon. Doctors, nurses and other health workers are the most important people in society right now (more than ever) and they need as much help from us as we can give. What does that mean? That means doing everything in our power to avoid physical contact with anybody/everybody outside of our households. Now. It’s not a joke. Get into good habits!
If you can avoid going to work or instead can work from home, do so.
If you have to go to work, try to avoid taking public transport. Walk if it’s manageable.
If you don’t need to go out, don’t! (The pub will be waiting for you when this is over!)
If you have elderly relatives, visit them (if you are not ill) but impose strict boundaries – no physical contact and don’t sit within six feet of them. Wash your hands thoroughly and also any cups or cutlery you may use/touch whilst there. Apply these practices in your place of work too, especially.
Not all of this is practical for everyone, of course, but if as many of us as realistically possible can do our best NOW, then our hospitals, doctors and nurses might just have a chance. And if they have a chance, our sick friends and relatives may just have a chance.
Life is about to dramatically change but if we play our part then normality can resume much swifter. This will take much self-discipline and it will be tough and testing. But we have to start now.
I don’t believe in God but if I did, then I’d ask him to bless us all.