Interesting Times

I would like to preface this by saying that, I am not an expert and this is not in any way shape or form, medical advice.

OK, now that’s over with, I shall begin.

As it is something that is affecting my life greatly, and shall likely affect us all in the weeks, months and years to come, I wanted to talk about Corona, or more specifically, Covid-19.

I have a hospital up the road from me, which, is usually a very good thing, and it certainly will be when I get the virus, but last night, tragically, someone died of Covid-19 in it. Someone from the community that I live in. There are now news cameras outside, and I even heard a helicopter circling overhead just now. It’s both a tragic and an entirely new situation to be facing for me, and it’s taking some time for me to fully process my feelings about the matter.

At the same time, my partner looks like he’s going to be working from home soon as well. His company are…shall we say, not exactly prepared for the outbreak. They have laptops literally sitting around the office not being used, but are, for some reason that he can’t quite understand, insisting that if people work from home, then they have to take their entire workstation, monitors and all, home with them. For me, it just highlights how unprepared people still are to face what is coming. I’m in no way saying that I have the answers to their issues, but I am saying that this is just a small snapshot into what people are currently dealing with right now.

Their IT dept, that usually works on a ticket by ticket basis are being flooded with requests for machines, questions about how they go about working from home and general panic over how they are going to actually do things. Which, if I’m honest, is entirely understandable. They only put out the email asking if people would be willing to even think about working from home on Monday…now it’s escalating too fast for the limited number of people who handle the tickets to cope with.

We are living in interesting times, people. Interesting indeed. 

For those of us who make it through this, and I do hope that I am one of them, then we shall, at least, have some good stories to tell. The world is changing, and I believe that it will be a permanent one, but it’s going to take a bit of time for our minds to change with it.

I have both asthma and diabetes, so I’m in an at-risk category. Both my parents are over 65 and my sister is a high ranking, but still front line nurse. My entire family are all at risk of dying, but that doesn’t mean that we need to stop living. We simply need to remain flexible in how we approach things and keep reminding ourselves that this won’t be forever.

As people become more interconnected, so will the things that could potentially kill us. Lessons will be learned from this but, as long as we remain calm, communicative and use our brains to think, not panic, then we will get through it.

We have something that we have never had before to help us cope with what is to come, and that is the internet. We can talk with people from all over the world and we can adapt. We can learn and we can empathise. This is highlighting a weakness in our systems, so we need to acknowledge that and look at what we, personally, can do to help.

We can, and will, get through this.

So, let’s all stay positive, keep our heads screwed on and keep a diary of events for the future generations to learn from! We will all have a unique story, so, let’s tell it in real-time, and give the scientists of the future a few more data points to add to their graphs.

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