I wonder how long we’ll be stuck in this cycle, will it be lockdown after lockdown until we find a vaccine? Probably so. But realistically, how long will we tolerate these rules put on us by the government? A month? A year? I don’t think it will be long before everyone starts to push what we can and cannot do, everyone takes a different outlook on Covid-19 and the challenges it brings with it – it doesn’t seem as though there will never be one clear viewpoint and that may be the problem. I realised this after watching an online news article last week, with two parties discussing how the UK government are dealing with the pandemic. One person claimed it was in fact the prime minster’s fault he had not chosen to take a clear route on whether to save lives, or place maintaining what is left of the economy as a priority for us. The other member of the debate had to agree with this idea, adding that a clear route for the public was necessary to maintain our compliance to future lockdown rules. Below, I have pasted another article published in The Telegraph on the 24th May. I thought it would be entertaining for your to read, as now it seems we are back in the same position as when it was written.
24th May 2020
I met a friend the other day for the first time in almost 2 months… and I have to admit it felt somewhat strange. It would be easy to predict there may be some uncertainty of how to act around each other, as it can be challenging to grasp whether that person may even feel fully comfortable in meeting you in the first place. But it got me thinking; will we be able to socialise in the same way we once did, again? When should we feel comfortable to do so? And could coronavirus have long lasting effects on our perception of personal space? My friend and I wondered if we would still be crossing to the other side of the road to avoid people in a years’ time, due to of a force of habit. It was undeniable that once we got chatting again, it was like she had never left, but I couldn’t help feeling embarrassed of the hostility I had shown towards her. I couldn’t hug her, nor could I offer a shoulder to cry on (that is, literally, I mean). I know I shouldn’t feel so guilt ridden, after all the situation is out of my hands, but I can’t help feeling cruel all the same. The same idea is particularly painful with the elderly individual I’m sure you are able to picture at this very moment, who so desperately relies on your help, love and affection. Covid-19 has affected each and every family, even every individual in fact, in what can only be described as a tragic manner, in a number of different ways.
Love El xx