Whilst the globe is in the grips of the coronavirus, governments and health agencies rush to save lives and prevent the spread further. However often overlooked is toll the restrictions of movement of the general public and the separation from others is having on mental wellbeing.
In the UK we are just about to enter our third week of lockdown with no real end in sight just yet. The personal tragedy of now thousands of families is daunting, almost too much to fathom. We wait patiently wondering if and when we will recover from the virus and its effects, not only in terms of health but also in terms of the impact it is having on personal and the national economy.
Most members of the public are listening to the advice and latter instructions to remain at home wherever possible and only leave when absolutely necessary. If such excursions are required then always maintain a minimum distance of 2m away from other people. Social distancing has become the buzz word of 2020.
However with all the information that we are being told by the governments and health agencies on the best practices to keep us all safe as possible…for now at least…there are still many in society who believe that this doesn’t apply to them.
People still get too close to each other. Parents let their children play or hang around with other children of other families. Friends still meet up socially and people make non essential journeys because they will not be told what to do.
The fact of the matter is that any contagion will not discriminate and will seek the company of those that welcome it with open arms. Whilst those who become carriers may be fortunate to not have serious symptoms, they may indeed pass the virus onto others who will not fare no well.
Healthcare and emergency workers are putting their lives on the line to help save the lives of those who are infected and who are seriously ill from it. They have been pleading with people to stay indoors and to limit the spread of the virus…but people continue to shy away from sane advice…safe in their own misguided knowledge that they are immune from any such horrors.
In times of great hardship, people and communities can come together and do great things for the common good but it is also true to say that people can be ignorant, selfish and negligent too.
Those who do not listen and abide by the temporary restrictions are posing a greater risk to themselves and others than they ever realised…until something directly happens to them or someone they know. Then they will wonder why this happened and likely seek to blame others for their own tragedies.
We are all in this together, regardless of what we are feeling right now. Irrespective of what we temporarily have to give up or whom we cannot see or talk to face to face for a few weeks.
If I was not working on the front line of the emergency services like so many of my colleagues in the whole health and social caring and welfare sector, then I would be home all the time.
I would make use of the time I had with my family and would ensure that everyone fully understood the severity of the problem the country is facing. I know there are many people out there who are doing and would do the same too.
If we all come together as a global community and simply stop thinking of ourselves for just a short time, then we will have the best chance of fighting this for good. We can all make sacrifices and feel a lot less entitled than is the norm. We do not have to go outside and ignore the rules. We do not have to make unnecessary journeys with our vehicles and for once in our lives perhaps just do as we’re told…for our own good.
For whilst this pandemic continues…do one thing: STAY HOME & SAVE LIVES