In these trying times art has to come second. So here is some information I have collected on the virus outbreak which might be of interest to you. Just my thoughts and I am not a medical expert. So there is no guarantee that everything I´ve said is gospel.
- NHS Advice
Corona or Covid19 or SARS–CoV–2 is mostly contagious before you know you´ve got it and during the first 7 days of developing symptoms. That is why we are told to self isolate for 7 days if we have not had any contact with anyone while anyone we have been in contact with has to self isolate for two weeks. This is because it may be two weeks before symptoms show. Find WHO FAQs here.
- Reaction to Restrictions
Restrictions have been imposed to limit the number of people admitted to hospital all at once. Therefore it is vital for everyone to adhere to the NHS advice as not to overload the system which would kill more people. Anyone can spread the virus so do not think the advice does not apply to you. You do not want to be responsible for someone´s death. A young lady tells of her terrible ordeal.
- Herd Immunity
Here you can learn more about the idea of creating herd immunity by letting the virus spread to infect a large percentage of the population. Normally vaccination is used to achieve herd immunity. The vaccine does not make people ill but it tells the body how to cope with the virus should you contract it. So you do not fall ill. At present there is no vaccine so everyone contracting the virus will fall ill with the risk of overloading the health system.
It has been suggested that more respirators are required to save lives. This BBC article will tell you that you cannot expect to buy that kind of equipment even from high tech companies over night.
- Help your neighbours
Vulnerable people will self isolate without showing symptoms making sure they do not catch the virus. These people may need your help. The least you can do is phone your friends and neighbours more regularly so that they do not feel lonely. Their tv does not replace a chat. After all solitary confinement is classed as torture.
- A Taste of No-Deal Brexit
Border controls have been introduced throughout Europe to slow the spread of the virus. It is a concerted effort by EU countries. This has lead to long queues at borders as checks were introduced. It reminds us of Yellow Hammer preparations in case of a no deal Brexit. Only this is for real and it is only temporary. Read here about 60 kilometer traffic jams at borders.
- Panic Buying
People seem to think that having to self isolate you have to buy stacks. Shops only run out if too many people buy much more than they need. Production and supplies of everyday goods are readily available. So there is no need to stockpile. You will find that empty shelves will be full again once panic buying stops. This should also be a warning of things to come in case of a no-deal Brexit.