We are coming out the other side!
So it's coming to the end of 2021 and the world has been in the most horrific since the end of 2019 when the world first heard of COVID-19 and the global pandemic first started. I have spoken about this in various posts such as Is this going to be another groundhog year?
But is the new year ahead of going to be the same as the last 2?
There was a comment made about previous pandemics that I realised was a good observation and that the average time a pandemic lasts is 3 years. The most notable one is the Spanish flu which I mentioned in keeping your distance to stay safe. And that was from December 1918 to the middle of 1921 towards the end of the year.
Since beginning to write this post there is another variation of COVID-19 that was discovered in South Africa very recently so things have become more difficult again.
But changes are happening all the time so it can be a real struggle to know what to do for the best.
What can everyone do for now?
The simplest thing people can do is follow the simple rules below.
Wear a mask on public transport
Wear a mask in shops and restaurants unless eating and drinking.
In enclosed places that you don’t usually go wear a mask.
Keep your interactions as minimal as possible. But do keep an eye on the elderly and those who are vulnerable.
Staying at home as much as you can.
Have the injections and boosters
Carry hand sanitiser and use it
Some people won’t follow these but they are putting everyone at risk. So unless there is a valid reason like some kind of medical or physical reason then masks should be worn.
I mentioned before that in some places people are wearing masks for other reasons such as pollution. This is evident, particularly in Japan and China. Where the pollution is more noticeable. So following the simple rules will make it easier and quicker for things to go back to a similar way as before.
Hope for the future?
There is always hope for the future but this depends on everyone who can take action. It also depends on what actions everyone takes.
What does this mean for the exempt?
The following is what is meant for us who are exempt.
Stay home as much as possible.
Have the injections that help everyone.
Limit your interactions with others.
I get it that limiting your interactions can make you feel lonely but try to make a routine of seeing someone in your network every day. Even if you don’t touch the people you see it's important to be in touch with them. So that could be through:
Zoom or face calls.
Meet up at an open space or garden.
Meet at a spacious place. This might be a cafe or coffee place with lots of space.
So we are all going to be doing indoors? those of us who are indoors more than others may not find as much difference but those who are could follow some of the ideas that I suggest in How are you coping in these strange times
But that is up to you and those around you. But remember that it's not just your life that is being affected by your decisions. It is everyone on the planet.
My final thoughts on this are that it is up to everyone to make an informed decision. I will be doing everything I can to ensure that everyone I love and know will be safe.