I am hearing about people going a little stir crazy with all the shenanigans going on.
There is really no need to panic. Yes, it’s tough in the beginning but take it from an expert – the first year is the hardest and after that you get quite used to it.
There is still endless waffle on the virus, in particular on our own beloved RTE, on both radio and television. The have an advertisement that is repeated ad nauseam telling us about “social distancing” [a term that is really annoying me], to wash our hands all the time, to cough into our elbows and not to travel more than 2km.
Now the distancing lark has a fair bit of logic to it. I can understand it but even then people take it too literally. If I walk past someone going in the opposite direction it doesn’t matter how close I get unless one of us coughs or sneezes. Or do we leave a little jet-trail of virus as we walk? Distancing only makes sense if you are in a queue or are talking to someone.
The hand washing is bollox. Yes, wash your hands before going out to the shops and wash ’em again when you get home. There is no point in washing them repeatedly in the house unless one of your rooms is a virus hotspot and the rest are clear. If it’s in the house then you have it, and no amount of hand washing will change that.
Coughing into our elbows is fine if we are out and about but if I’m out in the Estate, I’ll cough were I damn well please. Indoors I can’t see that it makes much difference anyway. If I have the Bug then Herself will have it anyway. We believe in sharing everything.
The 2km lark has me baffled though. There was a report a while back of how our illustrious Gardaí were parked up in the Wicklow Mountains stopping cyclists and telling them to go home. What the blind fuck? Take it from one who knows – the Wicklow Mountains are about as unpopulated as you can get. Sneeze up there and you may just startle some sheep but that’s all. I am no fan of cyclists but the heights of the mountains is one of the safest spots disease wise, on the planet and I cannot for the life of me understand why people aren’t allowed there. They have a far greater chance of drowning in a bog-hole.
The latest one that was broadcast last night is that people are heading to their holiday homes in the West. If they are caught on arrival they are told to go home again. Insane. Holiday homes tend to be on the side of isolation so it’s the perfect spot for “distancing”. People in Clifden are claiming they don’t want visitors presumably working on the basis that their area is clean and the rest of the country is a seething mass of virus. I reckon I would have just as much chance of catching the bug in Roundstone as I would in Roundwood.
The greatest protection against the Lurgy is common sense.
Sadly that is distinctly lacking.