Day 294 and I still haven’t had the virus. I’m still isolating and waiting for the vaccine. I went for my walk today in the dank cold of winter, slight specks of rain and a strong north westerly wind. It was very blustery. I’m not enjoying this anywhere near as much as I was in summer. I don’t like being all wrapped up. I prefer slopping about in T-shirt, shorts and sandals.
Back home I settled myself down and played Stormcock by Roy Harper. What a fabulous album. It never ceases to lift me.
Out in Coronaland they are preparing to impeach Trump. This time I hope it sticks. It was insane that they elected him in the first place. He is not only incompetent but a fascist to boot. It reflects on the whole of America that he was put into office. It’s going to take decades to put right the damage he’s caused.
What has gone wrong with America? Has it always been nutty? What has sparked the rise of this extreme right-wing philosophy? I used to think it was just an extremely unpleasant racist fringe but it is looking nearer to 42% of the population.
This obsession with individual freedom is what leads to fascism. We are all part of a society and that requires some compromise. I’m happy if I’ve retained my freedoms – to say what I like, go where I like, believe what I like. I don’t need some John Wayne mentality.
The States still has another 208,338 new cases yesterday and close on 2000 more deaths. If you stop and think about that for a second it is very scary. It has been sidelined because of Trump’s treasonous insurrection. I agree that an attempted coup is worth discussion but so are two thousand deaths a day.
In the UK things are dire. We had another 54,940 new cases yesterday and 563 deaths. We are continuing to be among the worst in the world!!
Would you put a clown like Johnson in charge of a football match?? I certainly wouldn’t. Yet we put him in charge of the country and he’s completely messed things up.
New Zealand and Vietnam had four new cases beteween them yesterday and no deaths. It’s been months since they had a death. Why? Because they dealt with it properly.
We finally shut our borders yesterday! They shut their borders at the beginning of last year! They kept the virus out. They put anyone coming in through isolation and testing. That tracked all contacts.
What did we do? We still had our borders open until yesterday. Our testing is a joke. Our tracking in a joke. We let the virus in and allowed it to go on a rampage.
Johnson’s incompetence has killed 80,000 people! All that was in their heads was Brexit. They sacrificed 80,000 people to get it done.
Right now I have a lot of questions about the vaccine.
The vaccines have been tested in a specific way but we’re not planning to implement the vaccination in the manner required.
The first jab sets up an immune response. That response takes two weeks to build up. It then starts to subside.
The second jab causes a further immune response. The immunity level rises much higher and is retained much longer.
Following the first jab, and its two week period, you do have some immunity but you may well become ill though probably not severely. You need the second dose in order to give complete immunity.
The recommendation is to have the second jab is a three week gap. The government is proposing a twelve week gap.
That leaves me with a lot of questions:
What level of immunity would there be following the 1st jab?
How quickly does that immunity fade?
Would a second jab twelve weeks later cause as big a rise in immunity as it would have done after three weeks?
Would a second jab twelve weeks later cause as long a period of immunity as it would have done after three weeks?
How long does immunity last?
We have been told that it is effective against the new strains. What happens if a new strain emerges that it doesn’t work against?
Can we still transmit the virus after we’ve been vaccinated – even if we can’t get ill ourselves?
I’m sure they’ll sort out the answers.
So, as the red tape piles up all around us due to Brexit and the virus, as our freedoms are compromised, as the jobs disappear, the prices go up and the shelves empty – stay safe!
Nigh is coming soon!