It’s just another day in lockdown – more of the same – monotonous – unchanging. The days are all the same. Nothing changes!
It is a bit sapping.
Never-the-less I went and did my 306 consecutive five mile walk. I walked up my hill. It was cold and a bit overcast. Nature is asleep.
Back home I’ve been playing some Peter Green Fleetwood Mac. So good.
I’m reading Terry Pratchett and Yuval Noah Harari. They make a good combination!
Out in Coronaland it’s a mixed message. They say the R rate is coming down but there were 40,261 new cases yesterday, slightly up on the day before. The deaths were 1401 yesterday – again up on the day before. We have now 96,000 deaths and in a few days time we’ll top 100,000! We are the worst in the world and not getting any better!!
It’s the same in the USA. Trump has left an ethos that is killing people. They had 191,912 new cases with 3734 more deaths. It’s going to take a lot to change it around.
The vaccination programme is rolling out. It is giving people hope but it’s not going to be a panacea. No vaccine is 100% effective.
The two big talking points is the controversy over the second Pfizer shot. The government has opted to delay the second shot in order to quickly vaccinate more. The unanswered question is whether the first jab gives enough protection on its own and if delaying the second jab compromises the immunity?
Time will tell.
The second area of discussion is whether the various variants are going to cause major problems. The British variant not only appears to be much more contagious but also more deadly. That’s not good news but at least the word is that the vaccine seems to work on it. That does not seem to be the case with the South African variant. The vaccine might not work against that. That’s really bad news. If that variant gets into the country the vaccine is useless. Hence the panic and sudden shutting down of borders (something they should have done a year ago!).
They say it’s OK – the vaccine can be easily tweaked.
By the end of a year or two we could be like pin cushions!
It seems to me that the only way to deal with this is to vaccinate the whole world and get rid of any reservoir of the virus.
Chin up!!! Stay safe!!