The Corona Diaries – Day 159

Today felt a bit like winter! Temperatures down to 13C. This is August! Bloody global warming messing up the weather!

Today we went to see my daughter and two of the grandchildren for a walk in the park and by the side of the river! We had a nice walk and a meal outside. It was bloody freezing!

I’m getting a bit pissed off with this virus. Meeting up with people feels strange – no hugs and a constant assessment of risk all the time. It makes it feel really unnatural and tense. I don’t like it. Part of me thinks ‘to hell with the risk’ – just act normal – but part of me thinks that this is not a bug to mess with. At my age, it could be nasty. There is no way of telling. I really don’t want to end up on a respirator.

The problem with these risk factors is that it’s all a big unknown. If you touch something – a plate, a knife and fork, the salad, a seat – or go too near to someone and breathe. There’s no way of knowing. The risk is very small but, even social distancing, you take risks.

To risk, or not to risk, that’s the question:

Whether it be nobler to meet a friend and suffer

The vagaries of outrageous fortune

Or ignore the risk of outrageous troubles

And by ignoring them, to die – to sleep

And by sleep to say we end.

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub:
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil.
Nay – I’d rather not shuffle off just yet – But I’m beginning to get a bit peeved with this artificial life and I know I’m in danger of casting fate to the wind!
But not just yet. For I think these are dangerous times. Many people are feeling like me – they have had enough. They are going out to raves, mixing in pubs and meeting up with friends and family. They are complacent and fatalistic. The government is calling them selfish and the general view is that these people are stupid – but a lot of them are young and have weighed up the risk to themselves – it’s tiny. They know they can pass it on but I think they really won’t get it. A lot of us have not heard of many people we know getting it. Back when I started this diary – 159 days ago – I thought I’d be hearing about a lot of cases around in my community and among my friends. That has not happened. It leaves me in a bit of a quandary.
In the UK yesterday we had 1108 new cases and 12 more deaths. It’s out there and on the rise. I don’t think any of us want to get to where we were when the virus was rampant and the NHS was swamped.
The far-right are flexing their muscles not only over in the States but in Berlin, Paris and even in London. They are completely nuts. They want a complete end to lockdown, an end to social distancing and face masks and the country getting back to normal.
What is totally stupid about this is that this would result in the virus numbers increasing exponentially. Hundreds of thousands would die, the health services would be overwhelmed and the end result of that is that the economy would be ruined again.
If there was any justice all these right-wing nuts would go down with the disease, die off and leave the rest of us in a better world.
The SAGE committee is already worried about another 85,000 deaths this winter. To do away with all protective measures would be stupid.
In the States, where 42% still support the most selfish moronic leader the States have ever had, they have gone back into a clear lead over Bolsonaro and Brazil – 44,269 new cases yesterday and 870 more deaths – Brazil could only muster 43,412 new cases and 758 deaths.
These are crazy times. Health and politics! What a mix.
Stay safe!!

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