Cocooned Day 3
There is no reason for this. As I have said, life is no different from the pre-virus days but there is a subtle difference – I can’t do those things that I wouldn’t do anyway but can’t do now because of the restrictions. The fact that they don’t want me to do them makes me want to do them all the more.
The rebellious spirit is a tough task master.
Herself is suffering from the same malady. She hasn’t been out of the house in many months [she still hasn’t seen the car I bought last August] but suddenly now is roaring for a trip into the Great Outside. Her attitude is fuck the law [we’re well matched] which is grand, but I had to point out that there was nowhere to go as everywhere is shut.
Anyways. Fuck it. I’m going down the village later. I have to pick up some prescriptions and stock up on a couple of other things. If The Law finds me and gets uppity I’ll just declare that I’m insulted if they think I look that old. Or else I’ll refuse to wind down the car window on the grounds that I am scared of being infected.
If you don’t hear from me again it’s probably because I have been shipped off to the Leper Colony they have secretly been constructing on Great Blasket Island.
I was in school all last week – with children from vulnerable families or of key workers.
Then came Saturday and Sunday, which were only odd because everything was shut (although I was out for a walk yesterday evening and it reminded me of a Sunday in Northern Ireland in the 1980s).
I am only on call this week, so this is the first day of lockdown, and I already have cabin fever.
You should see the village here. Only two shops open – the chemist and the grocery. Even the chemist as a barrier across the door to stop people entering. You have to wait to be served on the pavement.
Cabin fever is a bugger. I could write the book.
Common sense from German & Austrian medical types.
What news does paraK8 have to proffer?
Status of COVID-19
As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK.
The 4 nations public health HCID group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID. This was based on consideration of the UK HCID criteria about the virus and the disease with information available during the early stages of the outbreak. Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase.
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) is also of the opinion that COVID-19 should no longer be classified as an HCID.
The need to have a national, coordinated response remains, but this is being met by the government’s COVID-19 response.
Cases of COVID-19 are no longer managed by HCID treatment centres only. All healthcare workers managing possible and confirmed cases should follow the updated national infection and prevention (IPC) guidance for COVID-19, which supersedes all previous IPC guidance for COVID-19. This guidance includes instructions about different personal protective equipment (PPE) ensembles that are appropriate for different clinical scenarios.
Do have a butchers. Tried to post earlier but two many links for weirdpress to handle at once I suspect.
Yup. WordPress doesn't like links. You were dumped in the Spam Bin.
Those links are weird. They do raise an interesting point though – we repeatedly hear a daily count of deaths from various countries, but what would be the expected death rates be without the virus?
On a side note, There is a graph showing the total number of cases in Ireland which is climbing exponentially, but are they subtracting the number of people who have survived and have gone back to normal? I don't think so, otherwise I would have expected a slowing of the total rate.
How we have come to somewhere where we must consider both old age and inability to drive anywhere?
Police always "enforfce the law – whatver it is." That is surely very close to a police state. Perhaps the law will be eventuality made good to real, sensible. Laws which take account of real people. Your age is not a criminal offence. It must be your capability. And then who chooses?
Ah but "it's for my own good". The State is minding me.
And some Volkspolizei in a paramilitary uniform will inform you "Ve haf vays of making you valk"…
I took a week and a half off from work just to help around the house. My wife is a teacher and is working from home now that schools are closed. We have 2 small children of elementary school age. While I enjoyed my time with them, I missed the puzzles involved with my job. I went back to work today, tore a compact tractor apart to reseal the transmission, but once this is complete, I may be stuck home again. We’ve been limited to farm equipment only which makes up a fraction of our business. The guys with the lawn tractors are off limits. I wasn’t aware a machine sitting in the yard could sneeze on me. Personally, I’m no longer concerned with this nonsense. I just want to work and make a buck. But nanny state has other plans and while my boss is a reasonable guy, his hands are tied. Perhaps I shall have part time boredom.
I double checked the sig in the village yesterday. It's definitely from the HSE [health service] and it definitely says that illegally parked cars will be towed away. This must mean that cars are contagious and can infect a car parked next to them. Presumably tractors can be infected too?