It is 08.00 am on Friday 16 October 2020, the forty-fifth day of back to school.
The cheery thing to report
There are no new cheery things to report this week. Still no school Covid problems and family are still all well, apart from the usual coughs and colds. Mum and dad hope they have not reached the bottom of this particular happy barrel. That would not be cheery at all – we need hope to be real and tangible.
The not-so-cheery thing to report
Oh dear, oh dear and oh dear! (****)! It’s gone from bad to dreadful!
From 1st January to 12 October 2020 there have been a total of 2,495,363 confirmed cases, of which 180,131 were reported in the latest week; there were 36,725 deaths in the same week.
SO, NO CHANGE FOR US: just continue the intensive daily regime of: rigorous personal and environmental anti-Covid protection; fresh air and exercise; ventilating the home; avoiding all non-essential human to human contact; no dining out; and, minimising the frequency of essential food shopping, using only those shops that meet our Covid safety standards.
AND, WILL THE CURFEWS BRING COVID 19 UNDER CONTROL?
In mum and dad’s humble view:
THE CONCLUSION: Covid 19 will only be brought under control when the majority of people are prepared to continue to maintain their personal and environmental anti-Covid 19 behaviour until the rate of new cases drops to sustained insignificant levels.
Mum and dad know they have to do the programme, but it still takes too much time out of the day, in particular, too much of ‘ME ALONE’ time and ‘MUM AND DAD TOGETHER’ time. We know ‘Streamline, and Streamline, and Streamline is a must, but the relieving solutions remain very elusive. Impatience with lack of progress is now rearing its ugly head and making life worse.
The new family mantra for pepping up our immunity, the final piece of the immunity jigsaw, is obviously ‘Sleep is your superpower’
Are mum and dad and child sleeping any better?
Not yet is the short answer. We all have Covid related stress. It is unrelenting and very difficult to ignore. Child is completely Covid savvy, feeding a steady stream of questions and comments (she is really quick to spot and complain about people not behaving properly, even Presidents), and waking up too early nowadays, ready for the day, but lacking the energy to see it through to night-time. For mum and dad, they have for many years accepted the apparent inevitability of chronic sleep deprivation, due to the usual, vicious combination of reasons – job, family, ‘modern living habits’, coffee, more coffee, burning the midnight oil, etc, etc. The progress so far to eradicate this history?:
Finally, after 45 days of exposure to school, what about Mum and Dad – are they coping?:
Yes, they are coping reasonably but feel they should things better and more efficiently.
They recognise a serious flaw in their use of available time. The lack of time for ‘self’ and ‘couple’ is taking its toll, building up the frustration level and lowering the mood levels. Two tired, stressed-out brains continue to examine the problem and search for the solution – it must be there somewhere, staring them in their faces. It just must be. Just keep looking. It’ll show up eventually, won’t it? It can’t hide for ever, or can it. Who knows? Oh no! It’s a Rumsfeld – we don’t know what we don’t know.
By John Saunders
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
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