The rise in cases of Coronavirus continues, although the term ‘exponentially’ has been much misused in the press and even by those who should know better. It is small comfort that the NHS has learned along the way and in many cases the severity of the symptoms has been reduced by the treatments. Having said that people continue to die and to reduce the likelihood, the government has introduced three tiers of ‘control’: medium, high and very high. We on Tyneside remain in what is now called High, but Liverpool, for example, has been raised to Very High, which is basically full lockdown that we all saw in the early stages. Some areas like Manchester are protesting in advance of the government raising them to the highest tier, for perhaps party-political points-scoring, whereas London has grudgingly accepted the High tier, and perhaps not before time. The upcoming weeks should prove interesting in the battle between those who know better than – well – anybody else.
The other talking point since I last wrote concerns the snowflakes in my header. As far as I understand it, the term refers to young people, particularly those at university who protest on other people’s behalf at what they see as injustice. So it has been interesting to see, that with total disregard for the protections suggested by the government, the incidence of the disease within those communities has mushroomed well beyond the aforementioned ‘exponential’. But should anyone be surprised?
When you are 18 and flogged your guts out to get the A-levels to go to university, where for the first time in your life the tings you have been yearning to have: the option of getting stoned, getting drunk and getting laid. All three you know about, what they mean and the consequences – a choice – and free from going home to the critical gaze of your family every night.
Now there is a forth choice; a disease which kills old people, sad, but true. You have never seen someone suffering with Covid, you don’t know anyone who’s had it and you may have heard about someone you know dying of it, but lots of people are dying all the time. You may know people who choked to death on their own vomit, but it didn’t stop you drinking or took and overdose or got ‘the clap’. That’s life!
Why then should we oldies who have been along the uni’ path, or not, expect those who follow, to treat Covid any differently, as all we have to go on is what we read.
I’m nearly eighty and I know of ONE person who died from it in the early weeks; I know of nobody else who has ‘caught’ it. I really don’t know what it means to have the disease. Trump had it and he’s still an arsehole; Boris had it and he still bumbles on like before. As a young undergraduate, I would have no concept of what they suffered and whether it is bad enough to stop doing what I have been looking forward to doing for so long .
I doubt it.