I generally don’t comment on contraversial topics on this blog, but I’m getting a bit annoyed. This post is about Covod-19.
We started a 2nd lockdown last Thursday here in the UK. Cases have been rising again, largely, as I see it, due to the irresponsible behaviour of some people.
The virus is spread by droplets. These droplets are in the spittal in your mouth, hence, talking, shouting, singing, whistling, coughing and sneezing will all spread these droplets.
The problem as I see it, is that people in general do not have what is known as ‘common sense.’
I was in Lancaster in August when I saw a man wearing a face-mask in the street. He removed it to cough!
People seem to have forgotten all about social distancing except where they have to, like in queues. Yesterday, I stepped into a gate to allow an elderly lady to pass on a footpath of just under 1 metre. She paused to have a few words, and in the meantime, three people passed her. None of them stepped off the footpath, thus coming well within 1 meter of her.
The wearing of facemasks is mandatory in shops and other indoor public places. How many people wear them correctly. Most do, but there are far too many that seen to think that their nose is not a source of droplets, and nothing can get in via that route. So they have their mask below their nose.
People have been crowding onto beaches and in country parks. My nephew who lives in North Wales said that at one point you couldn’t find anywhere to park in Snowdonia. The same in the Lake District.
And at the end of August we walked a bit of the Pennine Way in Derbyshire. This bit, at the beginning of the footpath, was paved with stones of about 3/4 metre wide at the most. The path was busy with people going in both directions. No one moved off this narrow path when passing someone else.
I sympathise with the viewpoint, that locking down is not the best way, and that people should have the consequences explained to them, and would heartily agree if I had confidence that people would have enough sense to just be sensible!
Sadly, though, the evidence is the opposite, and so people have to be told what to do.
And why is it always ‘Granny’ that is mentioned? I’ve never heard the people on the radio talk about how you could be killing Grandpa. Always Granny.
The mistake was made at the very beginning of the pandemic when the virus was likened to ’flu. Yes, ’flu is a coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean that Covid-`19 is like ’flu when you get it. In fact, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is called SARS-COV-2. People may remember something about SARS. It was never touted as being ’flu-like. Cats and lions are both in the same family, which includes tigers, leopards, lynx, cougars, and many others. Each of these animals is different. You might like to stroke ;your cat, but I doubt you’d feel the same about stroking a lion or jaguar.
In fact, Covid-19 is more like pneumonia. Maybe if it had been likened to these two diseases rather than ’flu, people would have been more careful. And Donald Trump saying it’s nothing to be afraid of, just like bad ’flu didn’t help, either.
Saying it was only the elderly and people with underlying health issues who would die was again a mistake. Hence all the young people gathering in restaurants and pubs, and having parties might not have been so prevelent. They think they are immune, or that if they get it they won’t be too ill, and certainly won’t die.
OK, my rant about the pandemic has ended.
If you have anything to add, please do so in the comments.