Agh, agh, agh. Is it Spring yet? I think it might be and yet I don’t feel right. I bet you know what I mean.
It’s like… this time of year the daffodils are out, my crocuses are in full bloom, the sun is making some appearances and the evenings are lightening up. Usually, about now, I’d start to feel positive and hopeful. I’d feel that the dark days were coming to an end and life was about to get a whole lot better.
But things aren’t right with the world at all. Even I, with my Pollyanna attitude and abhorrence of the nightly news can’t avoid it.
Things wrong with my world (and yours) include:
- Donald (not Duck or Sutherland)
- The environment
- Exiting the EU with narry a real plan
In the past, none of these awful things have been on my mind when Spring comes around, because whatever the politicians were doing, the world kept turning and the sun kept shining and we survived.
Now we face all manner of horrors.
I’m also getting a bit sick of the people who say that we shouldn’t panic about Coronavirus and it’s only a flu. It’s not a flu, it’s a highly-contagious virus that is giving people pneumonia, shutting down organ function and killing some of them.
I spent a bit of time with my phone’s calculator yesterday. The Government say worst case scenario for the UK is 80% infection – yep, 80% of all people could catch it – that’s hellish contagious. Going on current international death rates, 3.6% of those will die from it, that’s potentially 2 million deaths from Coronavirus in the UK alone.
I say potentially a lot because that’s what COULD happen if nothing is done, and of course, nothing is being done. Why is nothing of any consequence being done aside from some hand-washing videos and vague allusions to not going to the cinema unless you really, really want to? Well, because of the financial and social implications, I suppose.
If they were to do what they should, which is say to everybody – stay indoors as much as possible, do not go to work, all non-essential services will be shut down, then almost everybody would need financial help to get through the time, businesses would need huge subsidies in order to survive a 2-week shut down, imports and exports would largely cease. Supermarkets would close, panic would ensue, looting would occur.
Yeah, it’d be chaos, financial ruin, but on the other hand, we could squash this bug by April pretty much if the whole world shut down for a fortnight and stayed home.
T’aint gonna happen is it?
Having what the papers call ‘Pre-existing health conditions’ and not liking how they use it as a slogan to minimise the impact caused by the death of most victims, I’m staying indoors as much as I can. I mean, yeah, it’s boring, but so’s being dead, I reckon.
I do only have a normal amount of toilet rolls though. Is that enough? Only time will tell!
I wish I wrote a chin-up, let’s up and attem kind of blog today, but I didn’t. I think we’re all feeling a little down when we should be on the rise. Keep your powder dry, dear reader, let’s hunker down and wait a while longer for Spring.
I send you love.
What ARE you wearing?
Shorts – Vinyl Luna Denim Shorts & Tied Hoodie – Uber (Little Toast’s Flickr)
Top – Vinyl Foodie Tee (Little Toast’s Flickr)
Hair – DOUX – Marie Hairstyle (David Cooper’s Flickr)
Scarf – Scarf – LoLlaS Summer Daisy Scarf