The Corona Diaries – Day 506

I walked up my hill in warm sunshine. You could tell the traffic was back to normal after the pandemic – one squashed toad and one smashed hare! So much for – ‘Everything will be different after the pandemic – it’ll never go back to how it was’.

It has.

Maybe they’ll be some differences. Some firms will keep up working from home. Makes sense to me. Zoom meetings have caught on. Why travel half the country to meet up? Why waste hours and hours in fraught commuting if it can be done from home? Alright. I can see that it is also good to meet up and exchange ideas and for the social side of work. Perhaps a hybrid solution is best? Hot desk the office. Do a two days in three days out. It would certainly help the work/life balance.

I work from home – though if I was still teaching I would not be in favour of remote learning. Some jobs need the human touch!

So I’ve been playing some Harper – Burn the World – which seems incredibly appropriate with all the fires raging around the world as global warming starts to take hold. Perhaps people and governments will finally start to take note and do something?? We’ll probably need a few more catastrophes of epic proportions before anything really happens!

I’ve been editing and writing, sorting photos and working on the book. I’m now on page 236 of 321 so there is light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s getting a bit frustrating. I want the text to bleed around the photos but leave the captions in place. I don’t seem able to do it. My lack of IT skills bugs me!! I spend hours on silly things like this.

Meanwhile, out in Coronaland, the number of new cases has jumped 4000 to 33,074 with another 94 deaths. I bet Johnson is so glad he invited the variant in from India!! I bet he is also so pleased that he put the useless Dido Harding in charge of a £37 billion waste of space Track and Trace. Never mind, all the self-serving greedy Tory profiteers have been cashing in and filling their pockets on the grubby proceeds of Covid and Brexit!! We’re all in it together!! It’s the Eton way! Snouts in the trough!!

Never in history has so much been taken by so few!

They are getting worried about September. We have 40 million double jabbed but that means we have 27 million who are not. The virus can be transmitted, all-be-it at a lower rate, by vaccinated people. That’s incredibly bad news for all the unvaccinated. The unvaccinated are going to pay a big price. The young will most probably be alright, but this Indian variant is making young people much more ill, but the older antivaxxers will be hit hard. Most of the hospital cases are now unvaccinated. I expect that to get a lot worse in September. We could be in for a major surge and a bit rise in hospital cases and deaths as the antivaxxers become infected.

We’ll see how much of a hoax it is then, won’t we?

I notice that in the States the biggest indicator of whether you are double jabbed or not is how you voted. Expect the Trump followers to be thinned out a bit in the next few months.

Reports on the clotting problems for the AstraZeneca vaccine indicate a rate of 1 in 50,000 for the under 50s and 1 in 100,000 for the over 50s. Not bad odds I’d say. Certainly a hell of a lot better than getting the disease.

Recent data from the Netherlands and France suggest that of the patients with coronavirus who are admitted to intensive care units (ICU), 30-70% develop blood clots in the deep veins of the legs, or in the lungs. Around one in four coronavirus patients admitted to ICU will develop a pulmonary embolism.

I had the Pfizer but I wouldn’t have been bothered if it had been the AZ. At those odds it isn’t worth worrying about. More dangerous crossing the road.

Schools are now deploying air purifiers fitted with UV and virus filters. Sounds like a good idea to me!!

Stay safe!! Get purified!!

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