I’m writing this post to share thoughts on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You may not agree. Fair enough we are all entitled to our own opinions. I remember my dad telling us as kids that something would be coming from the east to wipe us out. It wasn’t scaremongering or frightening. He was a realist. He used to say the east was always “unsettled”. Mind you my dad was a joker and a bit of a wind-up merchant at times! He loved to tell us rhymes and jokes. I can just hear what he would say about Boris now!
My thoughts on COVID-19 are pretty much from a realist point of view as well. I’m concerned for my girls, my mum, and mother in law.
I have read enough dystopian novels in my time, to think, is this going to come true one day? Who knows.
As for the UK trialing out the “herd immunity” approach, it definitely seems like it’s going to be The Hunger Games scenario – survival of the fittest! Which is a scary thought for sure. Especially as we are the only nation doing it currently.
I’m not an obsessive horder, but I’ve always kept 2-3 weeks of dry and frozen food in my cupboards and freezer. As my mum says “just in case”. My mum used to do this when we were kids. She couldn’t drive so buying in bulk was her option just in case she couldn’t get to the shops. Living in a rural area and not driving was a challenge.
So yes I do have enough toilet rolls in my house for around 3/4 weeks. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed to say this. But I haven’t gone crazy as I top my supplies up each week as I normally do. I’ve always been someone who thinks ahead and to the future.
What I’ve Seen
Just before I started to write this, I’ve booked my home shopping delivery slots for the next few weeks. To be prepared. Last week I forgot to book my slot early enough, (I don’t normally do this!) and I had to brave the shop on Thursday after my shift. It was more stressful than Christmas! The fresh food areas were fully stocked. But turn the corner down to the pasta and tins and it was like some kind of alternate reality. Shelves empty, the cardboard packaging everywhere. People were scavaging through what was left.
I can understand picking up a few extra bits, but trolley fulls of the same items is greedy. Plain and simple.
Seeing older people shopping with latex gloves on their hands is a sad sight. They must be so concerned and worried, as the older generation seems to be the worst hit so far. It’s this generation that doesn’t necessarily know how to order shopping online to be delivered. Therefore have to go out to the shops.
As a blogger, social media is vital to me and I do love being active on it. However, I feel social media is scaremongering in this situation. If it wasn’t for social media spreading the shortage of toilet rolls and panic buying, I’m sure we wouldn’t see the empty shelves as much!
Thoughts On The Coronavirus
I’ve had a chat to a few people about what they think of the COVID-19 situation. Here are their thoughts on the Coronavirus.
“It’s a coverup for something else”
“China made this virus in labs and it escaped”
“It’s just a bad cold, what’s the fuss all about? More people die from flu”
“They should be closing the schools, I’d rather my kids were at home”
“It’s scary and not worth thinking about”
COVID-19 – The Virus
I’m not sure why all the antibac washes and gels getting grabbed up because the Coronavirus isn’t bacterial. It’s a virus. I have a nerdy fascination with biology (A level lessons with Mr. Knight has this to answer for!) A virus like COVID-19 is a spherical particle with bulbous like spikes coming out from it. The virus is inside a lipid envelope, and with the membrane proteins and nucleocapsid they protect the virus inside when it’s outside a host cell – or at the moment one of our cells. We all know that soap disperses/breakdown fats. So by washing your hands in soap, the soap will breakdown the lipid (fat) layer and kill the virus before it enters your host cell.
Well, that’s your science lesson today! But I hope you can see why handwashing is vitally important. I’m just going to finish waffling away by saying keep safe. We don’t know what is going to happen in the next few weeks or months.
Thanks as always for stopping by today. Please feel free to comment with your thoughts on the coronavirus.