Will we end up back in lockdown?

I wrote the article below on the 15th May 2020, though it seems like a whole lifetime ago. The car crash of year, formerly known as two thousand and twenty, has forced us to experience events nobody has ever seen before, and possibly that we may never see again if the pandemic ever does come to an end. This post in particular is not to debate the title in question, but instead to reflect on the article below that I was lucky enough to have published in the Telegraph, and see try to remember what life was like before lockdown easing came into law. Do you think we will ever reach this point again?

I guess it’s a little contradicting, having permission to pass total strangers in supermarkets, sit within 2 metres of whole families in parks, but not being able to see a group of loved ones from the same distance. I may be wrong, and of course in that case I welcome constructive criticism, but to me it seems bizarre that a teacher is allowed to see over half of their class, before they can see their parents together. Or a paramedic, being able to enter dozens of patients’ homes, but not their own, for fear of passing on this deadly virus. Of course, we want to keep our loved ones safe, but if people are allowed to be exposed to many others before they can see the people closest to them, therefore exposing themselves to Covid-19 more than ever, when actually WILL they be granted permission to pay a visit to them? How long will this be? It’s a question with arguably no clear answer, rather instead, we must play a waiting game. I have seen on social media people becoming frustrated at the idea that if we are to move to quickly with the lockdown ease, there may be a second wave. I for one can agree with this point of view, as I worry that even now, it may be too early to ease restrictions, considering that even though deaths are slowly decreasing, the figures are still very high. I hope the government acts in favour of the people, their safety and well-being, rather than prioritising the economy. Then again, I suppose if they didn’t rank our financial situation as being the largest issue, the consequences may be even worse in the long run… so really, what are we to do?

Love El xx

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Published by Eleanor

Living in England as a teenager, trying to be as positive as I possibly can whilst currently fathoming my way through the first year of an undergraduate deree, holding down 2 part time job as well as spontaneously starting a blog!

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