It is 08.00 am on Friday 25 September 2020, the twenty fourth day of back to school.
The cheery thing to report
Our child is happy! She hops, skips, and jumps her way into school and out of school. Just to see that response is a great emollient for mum and dad, having very reluctantly accepted the increased school related Covid risks. Rightful compensation for our heightened anxiety state and our frayed nerve ends.
The not-so-cheery thing to report
So, as of three days ago, it got easier for Covid to do its nasty deed, in mum and dad’s humble ‘living in the thick-of-it’ opinion. AND, we do not agree with the Public Health assumption that Covid is not dangerous for the young and that they do not transmit the virus. This view flies directly in the face of recent studies in children.
More on boosting our immunity:
One step at a time!:
Finally, after 24 days of exposure to school, what about Mum and Dad – are they coping?:
We like to think and feel that we are coping, it’s essential psychologically. In truth we aren’t doing as well as we would like. Three times in one day this week, mum left the house without her mask! The one essential defensive bit of kit, and she forgets it! What’s that about if it is not a signal of brain overload? We can’t reduce our procedures, we can only improve and / or add to our daily routines as we continue to work out how to better protect ourselves. For example, we have just started a new daily procedure – when child comes home from school, she now goes straight into the shower, clothes go for laundry and mum has more work added to her already loaded schedule – little wonder she has started to forget her mask! What next?
By John Saunders
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
MediaWise and MediaFocusUK
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