The media has been ablaze with news that US President Donald Trump, PM Boris Johnson’s father as well as MPs and government representatives, including Dominic Cummings were blatantly ignoring Covid-19 rules. They all obviously dismissed this pandemic as inconsequential.
The following anonymous article, which appeared on Facebook recently, is timely. It reflects how many people seem to be feeling. It also communicates a strong message of habit change to EVERYONE in the UK.
“Let’s say you wake up with a terrible cough, a fever and severe body aches.
Immediately you rush to the testing station. Unfortunately, you are told you are positive for Covid-19. For the last two weeks you have been unaware that you were infected, and you’ve ignored government rules.
You’ve gotten together with some close friends for pizza, had a few people over, even visited a park and a beach. You figured “I don’t feel sick. I have the right to keep living my normal life. No one can tell me what to do”.
With your diagnosis, you spend the next few days at home on the couch, feeling pretty crappy, but then you’re well again because you’re young, healthy and strong. Lucky you. But your best friend caught it from you during a visit to your house, and because she didn’t know she was contagious, she visited her 82-year-old grandfather who uses oxygen tanks daily to help him breathe, because he has COPD and heart failure. Now he is dead. Your co-worker, who has asthma, caught it too during your little pizza get-together. Now he is in the ICU, and he’s spread it to a few others in his family too- but they won’t know that for another couple of weeks yet.
The cashier at the restaurant where you picked up the pizza, carried the infection home to his wife who has MS, which makes her immunosuppressed. So, she’s not as lucky as you so she’s admitted to hospital because she’s having trouble breathing. She may need to be placed in a medically induced coma and intubated, she may not get to say goodbye to her loved ones. She may die surrounded by machines with no family at her bedside.
All because you couldn’t stand the inconvenience of a mask; of staying at home; of changing your familiar routines for just a little while. Because you have the right, above all others rights, to continue living your life and no-one I mean no one, has the right to tell you what to do.
# SOCIAL DISTANCING = It’s not about YOU
# WEAR A MASK = It’s not about YOU
# STAY AT HOME = It’s not about YOU
# GET TESTED= It’s not about YOU
Think Healthy Me Ltd suggests that we all obtain the NHS Track and Trace App .