The virus doesn’t move, people move it. We stop moving, the virus stops moving, the virus dies. It’s that simple.
As of last night, Boris finally declared a police-enforced lock-down in the UK: hallelujah!
As per the new “rules” we’re allowed to leave the house for one form of exercise a day; to buy basic necessities; for medical needs/to help a vulnerable person; or to go to work if you’re a key worker.
So this evening I went out for my daily walk and the effects of all this self-isolation and scaremongering from the media really hit me.
As I was walking around my town, I suddenly realised that no one acknowledges anyone’s presence anymore. Forget a smile, a simple split second of eye-contact seems to be out of the question now.
If you pass someone on the street, they look the other way as if they’ll catch the virus from just looking at you. Everyone potentially has the lurgy, so everyone is the enemy.
Even in the supermarkets, we look through one another now. Rushing around with frazzled expressions on our faces, trying to ensure that our shopping trolleys are stacked to the brim.
We’re losing our basic humanity.
And it’s sad. It’s only been a week since a lot of us have been working from home, so I dread to imagine what we’ll all be acting like in a couple more weeks.
While self-isolation is the only option we have to get through this pandemic, long-term it’s not good for us as humans. We all need one another, we need conversation, we need hugs, we need kisses, we need laughter. And as we’re already starting to see, without these things we’re slowly starting to become de-sensitised to one another.
So we need to get creative and start making use of the tools that we have, before it’s too late. Instead of cutting ourselves off from the world and feeling miserable, let’s pick up the phone and call one another. Use those little devices to reach out to our loved ones instead of just using them to scroll through Instagram all day!
Let’s video chat so that we can see the person on the other end’s big smile and eyes light up. Let’s go for walks to get out of the house and breathe in some significantly less polluted air!
Whatever we can do to avoid becoming gormless zombies who seek nothing but toilet roll, let’s do it, just so that we’re not completely inept at social interaction when we do finally return to normality!
Sending a big virtual hug your way. ❤