It is 08.00 am on Friday 11 September 2020, the eleventh day of back to school. Today, our child is off school – an easy decision in the face of her having caught a lousy head cold, a snotty nose and constant sneezing.
But what if this is Covid19 saying hello to us? What? Already? OMG!!! Ok – OK – OK – steady on, let’s try not to panic – step back, take a slow deep breath, and think! This is the first test of whether we can still think logically and sensibly. What are the facts?
Our decision, rightly or wrongly, is to manage this latest episode on first principles, as the usual annual ritual, i.e. simple isolation, no Covid 19 testing and let it run its course.
Our conclusion, rightly or wrongly – if this turns out to be Covid 19, there is absolutely no way for mum or dad to avoid it. All we can do is to continue to get into the best shape possible in case we need to face the music. Incidentally, we have just had our Covid 19 antibodies checked (on account of a suspicious Covid 19 like episode two months ago). Our results were both negative, darn it! – so no comfort there.
Context: we ARE part of the bigger picture: Working our way through this particularly common scenario has generated a strong sense of identity and community with all the other many thousands of families going through the exact same dilemmas right now. We are not alone.
By John Saunders
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
MediaWise and MediaFocusUK
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