Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Learning to love our l o n g holiday

ASK FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS off work and it seems you’re asking the boss for a miracle, a more than usually impossible miracle.
Suddenly, we’re told to take not just a couple of hours off ...
... but to make it a couple of weeks if not months, which might even be a couple of years for those of us who live long enough.

Time off

How odd that unions never thought of something as simple as a plague to score a bit of extra time off for workers.
Nature herself is doing just that for us, with a little added surprise about the length of the break.
Our glorious leaders were initially talking of a month off. How quickly that slid into the plural with – at least so we are told – no-one able to say exactly how long this unexpected holiday might last…

What are we to do?

We’re so used to doing at least eight hours a day, what on earth are we to do with 24 hours a day, every day?
The dictate is do whatever you want to. Society isn’t good at that….
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Trying to cope with deadly dribble

TRYING TO COMPREHEND how a dribble’s weight of virus can terrify not just the populations of the mighty landmasses, the Americas, China and India, but all of
the world, really challenges imagination.
As a child, who didn’t suffer his (or her) first bout of flu and who hasn’t been sent to bed by it scores of times?
Throughout most of our lives, we’ve learned to accept its intrusion as not much more aggravating than parking tickets and lottery investments that fail, and temper tantrums of loved ones.

A bad name

Yet give a flu bug a bad name - like coronavirus, and covid-19 - and term the virus itself as ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 - (SARS-CoV-2) – and suddenly it’s much more of a challenge to all of us, it seems, than Gorbachev, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao Zedong, all wrapped up into one.
How can that be? Some of the question is answered …
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Monday, March 23, 2020

A top medic's advice about guess what ...

By Dr Clive Warrilow

Imagine you are given a box of Smarties. In the box, three of the 100 Smarties are poisonous and could kill you.
You would keep the box closed. You wouldn’t eat the Smarties. The Coronavirus is like that box of Smarties. We must avoid opening the box.
How do we do that? By practicing social distancing.
Not just me and you. But everyone.
Avoid human contact wherever and whenever possible. Work from home.

Essentials only

Go out only for essentials. If you are over 70, don’t go out at all.
Kids that are home from school, should NOT be visiting friends.
Wash your hands frequently. Keep three feet from other people.
Actively look for breaks in your protective bubble. Seal them.
Your choices today may save your life, a family member, a friend, a friend’s relative. …
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