Monday Miscellany: It’s a worry

Happy Monday!

I had a good week, but things with COVID-19 are getting more serious. I will say it, if I haven’t before, this is probably not a problem for most of us, but I will stay indoors if that will protect people for whom it will be a problem. Right now, our advice is carry on as normal and that’s what I’ll do.

I think I’ll be fine but I am in a group of higher risk people (I have asthma) but I have good supplies of my steroids and I live alone so if I get it, it’ll be from the commute. Right now, my company is doing extra cleaning and I’m hand washing like a champ (top tip – hand cream is your friend!) but we are still at work, with some working from home. My feeling is that we may lockdown next week but we’ll see what the stats are like, if they close the schools, work might close down, but for the minute everyone is good and the trains are quiet so the commute is very easy.

The shops this weekend were quiet but crazy, there was no pasta, flour, oil, and weirdly mayo (which was for the foodbank shop) and very limited toilet roll! I bought a 4 pack of toilet roll (I would have bought a 9 pack after pay day as part of my monthly shopping in two weeks but I’ll admit I panicked!). I live by myself so a 4 pack is fine and with what I have in the house already, I have enough to last to the end of May. I have enough food in the house for a while and even in Italy, the shops are open so it will be ok.

Other than that, I’m a tiny bit worried about my holiday at the end of April but in the great scheme of things, that doesn’t matter!

In other news, this spider followed me from home to the Central Line and I got a modest pay rise and a bonus. I’m really enjoying my job, I do enjoy my job but it’s spring and I’m getting past SAD so all my happy is slightly heighted, so I’m really enjoying my job, but with the bonus and the pay rise, I feel like employing my father’s phrase “don’t call me lucky, call me lucky, lucky, lucky…..”

For this week, nothing much happening except Mother’s Day on Sunday, there will be shenanigans assuming that she’s not banned from public life.

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9 Responses to Monday Miscellany: It’s a worry

  1. Jen says:

    Are you in Italy?

    • nicdempsey says:

      No, the UK. So far the situation isn’t as bad but there have been some very questionable govt decisions.

      • Jen says:

        Are your schools still open there in the UK? I thought that’s what I heard this morning.

      • nicdempsey says:

        The state schools are, some of the private ones have closed. My office is open right now, but the City is very quiet and I’m expecting that schools will close at the end of the week. The government has decided not to test if people are self isolating or are symptomatic so we can’t even make a decision based on the rate of infection! How are things where you are?

      • Jen says:

        Wow!! I’m in the US, in Wisconsin. Practically everything has been cancelled, schools included. I’m working from home but they left the decision up to us whether we want to work at home or not. A lot of people can’t. Stores have been crazy. I was thinking, people are doing the opposite of what we’re being told to do so I’m worried. There’s been the crazy run on toilet paper here like everywhere else. Some store that are normally open 24 hours are closing during the night so they can restock so if you go at the right time, you can still get needed items but some are limited. For some reason, a lot of people think this is a joke and that’s the scariest part.

      • nicdempsey says:

        Yes, our PM is coming under a lot of fire for his decisions! I’m also able to work at home and may start later this week! I’m at home tomorrow and on Wednesday I get my new work laptop so may just be at home once I have that! It’s all very strange, the coming of spring will help but Public Health England, just said this is likely to be an issue into 2021. Whatever happens, the impact is going to be with us for a while..

      • Jen says:

        Wow! That’s a long time!! I hope they’re wrong about that one although that’s when they’re telling us the first vaccines will be available so maybe? I agree, it is all so strange. They said the temps that should help slow it down but it won’t get that warm here for at least another 2 -3 months.

      • nicdempsey says:

        It’s not flu but generally epidemics come in waves so with a viable vaccine then it could be that long. But the reason viruses ‘go away’ in the warmer weather is because people open their windows. We know that the rate of transmission is reduced if there is airflow. An open window or two will be good for you (if you can bear it, I know it’s cold where you are!) as is getting out in the fresh air!

      • Jen says:

        Yep a little too cold for open windows but it’s supposed to be bearable later this week!! I’ll definitely get things open as soon as I can!!

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