We’re at the end of the first week of lockdown relaxation. No-one I’ve spoken to agrees with Boris’ decision and all think it’s too soon. Our Government are going on the R number, which is the number of people each infected person passes the virus on to. If it is 2 then 10 infected people would pass it onto 20 others. But if is 0.5 then 10 infected people pass it onto 5 others. A week ago, the R number was estimated to be 0.5-0.7, but it’s now crept up and is estimated to be 1. If it goes above 1 the virus is spreading rapidly and we will have to go back into lockdown. I personally can’t see how going above 1 can be avoided, but I’d love to be proved wrong. The worry is that it will go above 1 but the gvt will fudge the figures, eg. blaming care homes for the rise, and do nothing. It will be interesting to look back at this post in a month.
The reason for my concern is how some people are suddenly behaving. I’ll take my Dad as a prime example. He’s 80 and living with my Mum who is being shielded. She has severe COPD, half a lung, advanced kidney disease and heart disease. She can barely cope with catching the common cold and if she got Covid-19 she would die, no ifs, ands or buts. Despite staying home for the 6 weeks of lockdown, the second the relaxation was announced my Dad went to the local supermarket 3 times in five days. He doesn’t wear a mask or gloves when out and always forgets to wash his hands on return home. Because lockdown is no longer in force, his brain seems to think the threat has passed. I have tried and failed to impress upon both him and my Mum the lethal nature of Covid but it seems to fall on deaf ears. There will be millions like him around the country.
My next door neighbour is also being shielded and she has been brilliant at staying home and social distancing. Yesterday, however, we were in the driveway having a chat and for some bizarre reason she walked straight up to within a foot of me! I had to physically say “stay away!” which I’ve never had to do during lockdown. Everyone appears to be getting complacent, which I personally think will be our undoing particularly as nearly 400 people PER DAY are still dying from the virus.
Just to put this into context, my Aunt has a friend who lives in a nearby village. She is over 70 and has been in lockdown for the entire 6 weeks. Yet last weekend she was hospitalized with Covid-19. She has NO CLUE how she has been infected and can only surmise it’s been from touching something which has come into the house, eg mail or food. That’s how scary this virus is.
Changing the subject, Wednesday evening my camera club decided to hold a Zoom meeting. 11 of us tuned in and it was chaotic but fun. We’ve decided to hold a competition online via Zoom and our website, so it will be interesting to see how that goes. None of us have any clue what’s going to happen about the season re-starting in September as we meet in a tiny room and half of the members are over 60.
Thursday I took advantage of the relaxation in rules on being able to travel for exercise and drove 5 miles to a local bluebell wood. My annual trip is one of my favourite days of the whole year and being as though this year I didn’t think it was going to happen it was extra special. For the first 2½ hours I had the entire place to myself – it was just me, the flowers, the butterflies, the bees, the birds and the trees. Blissful, though it did give me an opportunity to reflect on just how chronically stressed and wound up I was feeling 😕. See one of the resulting photos here.
However the payback was brutal and I only got 2 hours sleep that night on account of the pain in my back, hips and legs from walking. I have no idea what’s set my issues off the past three months, but my pelvis hasn’t been this bad since 2011 and I don’t know what to do about the situation. You’re usually advised to rest for a few months during a bad flare, but I’ve been in lockdown so haven’t done a thing and it hasn’t helped in the slightest. I tidied the garden up yesterday and did a few much-needed jobs around the house, and this morning I can literally barely walk 😥.
Well, that’s not been a very upbeat post has it?! I wish I had something fun and exciting to tell you but the truth is I haven’t. Even the weather has been freezing cold and windy with overnight frosts, though it’s set to warm up again this week, in which case I’m hoping to dump the dog on my folks for a few hours and poddle myself off to the riverbank with my camera. The thing I’ve missed the most during lockdown is being amongst nature which is my stress buster. If I get any exciting shots I’ll be sure to share them with you.
Continue to stay safe! xoxo