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Pandemic goes on

I haven’t posted in a while and that is because I have been struggling during this COVID-19 Pandemic. I am living alone and I have to keep myself going.

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Because I am classed as vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus but not clinically vulnerable I have to be very careful with what I do outside the flat. I am able to social distance however, I am unable to force people to social distance so it puts me at risk. I have to avoid key places such as the pharmacy because it is in the shopping center. It also means that I have to have online food orders because I have to avoid going into stores.

I finally got into a routine so that I get some time out of the flat but not as much as I would like. Tuesday’s and Friday’s I check the post. This goes up if I have a parcel as the postman is not allowed to come inside the building. Tuesday’s I also take my rubbish out for collection. If I have letters to post then I take them to the letter box on Tuesday’s as well. It is maybe 5 minutes each way.

The solitude is something that is driving me a bit crazy. I am able to keep going but the negatives are seeping in. Because I am in the flat all the time bills have gone up. I am also struggling to get exercise :(. I am also facing a birthday on my own. No family, no friends and it makes me sad. Some times, I worry about what the sight of the UK will be like post COVID.

Another thing that is getting to me is I want to help. I want to be one of those people who help people in need but because I am vulnerable I have to take care of myself first. This is taking a tole on me but, it is something that is making me focus on my needs. I spend so much time looking after other people I forget about myself. As you can imagine this means I get sick a lot. Being forced to look after myself is a good thing, I think.

What really bugs me is watching the selfish people who are not taking this pandemic seriously. Our Prime Minister eased the restrictions but then I started seeing groups of people congregating. It is not something that I feel good about. These selfish people are the reasons why people like me have to actually stay inside more then we really should have to and honestly it is frustrating.

The positive things I have found is the work that I have been doing with Soldiers Angels. Letters and emails I send to American Service Members have helped keeping me going. I am also storing my food that I cant eat and donating it to the local NHS Hospital. I like helping the Heros who are fighting this horrible illness. I just hope that a second wave is not triggered by the idiots.

I am praying for a vacine to be found soon so that I will be able to see my dad again who is classed as extremely vulnerable. I want to be able to goto my office and see my friends in the coffee shop. I miss Hugs and being able to talk to people without a screen involved. As far as I am concerned though that I am doing what I can to help keep the pandemic down.

Everyone, please stay safe out there and honestly take care of your wellbeing. Stay safe, stay sane and keep up the good work.

Corona Virus

I never thought I would have to write this, and it is aimed at those who are in the UK however, after what I have seen in the news I feel that it needs to be said!

We are at a stage where we have a new virus out there. There has been so much guidance as to what to do if you even THINK that you have caught the Corona Virus and yet there are people in the UK who seem to ignore the advice. This is so selfish of them because, if you ignore the advice, you are risking other peoples health!

So if you are in the UK and think that you have caught Corona or have the symptoms here is what you have to do!

1. Call 111 and explain to them your symptoms! DO NOT GO TO A&E AND DO NOT GO TO YOUR GP!!!

2. If they tell you to self isolate then goto the BBC and watch the video as to best practice for self isolation and make sure you do it properly

3. Do what they say and do not play the ignorant game of “I can’t afford to self isolate so I won’t”

by ignoring the guidance and doing what you want you are risking the infection of people who you do not know and this is selfish. At the moment we have only had 20 cases here in the UK but by ignoring the proper course of action you are risking more. The mortality rate is higher in people who are elderly or have underlying conditions so think about the people you see when your out and about. Does the old lady down the street from you really need to catch the virus just because you cant be bothered to do the right thing? These guidelines are there for a reason people

I would urge everyone no matter what country you are in to read up on the best courses of action to take. Lets not end up with an apocalypse style panic where all the stores are drained of food and no one goes out at all. If you take precautions and do what you have to do then this outbreak will soon be over.