I am not sure who I am most angry with the government for the utter shambles of its dealing with the virus or my fellow human beings for the lack of respect and care they have taken in relation to the virus.
I think it is a given that Boris and his cronies couldn’t organise themselves out of a paper bag.
“The current coronavirus disease, Covid-19, has been called a once-in-a-century pandemic. But it may also be a once-in-a-century evidence fiasco” remarked John Ioannidi co-Director of Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford.
So our politicians have messed up but hey people what’s your excuse? We have a new normal now and if we want to avoid a complete lockdown which is pretty pointless as the virus is not going away just because we stay at home – at some point we have to come out again. And if the economy collapses well, we will all be up the creek without a paddle
So, as I see it, we have a collective responsibility here to be more aware and more careful. This is not a hoax; it is not a government ploy to gain control and it is not about your personal freedom. It is about everyone’s personal freedom
The virus is here to stay and in a way it’s a bit like chicken pox which is something we all live with. Not that dangerous for children but more serious for adults and the elderly. But we have managed it. If your child has chicken pox you limit their interaction with others specifically the elderly.
Maybe we — ALL — need a bit more of the war mentality because we are at war against a common enemy. And when you’re at war you need to stick together to beat the enemy. In the last world war everyone adhered to the night time black out — for years — there was no bleating about loss of personal liberty, violation of one’s freedom and chants of “If I’m going to get bombed and die from it, then so be it.”
There was a collective responsibility to the war effort, and this is a war albeit an invisible one. So maybe we need to change our behaviour towards the way we confront this war. When you’re going to war, you don’t make light of how one preps for it.
In my opinion — and of course this is all my opinion — the government needs to realise that in order to fight this pandemic it needs to be more in touch with the behavioral patterns of the population and create a strategy, a public health policy that it is better in tune with its people. What that is I have no idea, but there are better minds than mine out there that hopefully will know. But if ever we needed a good leader and a cohesive government it is right now
Interestingly Rory Stewart who was the UK Secretary of State for International Department said:
“If democracy is to be rebuilt … it is necessary not just for the public to learn to trust their politicians, but for the politicians to learn to trust the public.”
I know it’s a bit of a rant but just woke up this morning with a huge sense of COVID gloom. And expressing it has had a remarkable cathartic effect. I am feeling a lot lighter. Apologies if it has made you feel worse
But something has to give here because this is not working for us.
“Let’s be careful out there”