Coronavirus; Lockdown

The quarantine law in Jordan says, anyone caught outside will be jailed for up to a year. The car is parked on the street outside, with the boot full of water/food. Do you risk it?

Imagine, since my last post, my macbook completely broke down internally. So three weeks later after repair, I’m back… Again!

I hope everyone’s well through these tough, uncertain times. I live in England, so as you may already be aware, it’s one of the latter countries to ‘lockdown’. It’s very interesting how each country around the world, has a different definition into what lockdown means to them and varied severities of punishment if you’re caught outside. In the country I live in, the government have said, people should only leave the house for four reasons: shopping for basic necessities, exercise (only once a day), any medical need and travelling to work if you cannot work from home. If you’re caught out for a reason that isn’t mentioned above, police can fine you at least ยฃ30, so I call that a slap on the wrist, not that harsh, and to be honest, should be harsher.

Now, I’ve been hearing other countries have put in much more stringent measures, like authorities in Italy, warn that those who come down with a cough, fever or other signs of the deadly Sars-like disease who avoid going into quarantine could risk being charged with attempted murder – which is 21 years in prison. I mean if that doesn’t terrify you to stay inside, I don’t know what will!

Streets of Jordan

In places like Jordan, residents face a year in jail if they leave home – no grocery shopping, no pharmacy visits, no short walks. Such have been the sort of dilemmas facing people in Jordan since the morning of Saturday 21st March, when the Middle Eastern kingdom introduced one of the most stringent anti-coronavirus regimes in the world. A government spokesperson said Jordanians will have had to make do with basics for the next few weeks. An unprecedented scheme has begun for the delivery of bread, water and pharmaceuticals to the population of 10 million. Only time will tell of how successful that scheme is.

New York’s numbers of coronavirus victims are harrowing, America are in need of more ventilators (along with the rest of the world), and the manufacturers producing these vital machines increased the prices from $25,000 to $45,000 just because they’re in ‘high demand’. Who’s profiting from the almost 100% increase in price? Not the patients who are in dire need. It’s the avaricious companies. Now is the time to come together, it’s the human race who is involved. We get the world can’t go around if everything is free, but show some compassion, why skyrocket the price now?

Ventilator

NHS workers in England have been at the frontline of this pandemic here, without the protective resources they need. They haven’t even been tested for the virus. Doctors and healthcare professionals were told by the government to buy protective gear themselves. Here has lacked authority and an ambiguous plan of how we will surpass this distressing time. The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was shaking hands with coronavirus patients, and said something along the lines of, I’m throughly washing my hands afterwards so it won’t affect me. But look, now you’re covid-19 positive. Did it take a scientific advisor to work out why you caught it?

Only now when people including those who work in healthcare are dying, that’s when the government(s) order enough supplies for hospitals. ‘The United Kingdom will have done well if it comes through the coronavirus crisis with fewer than 20,000 deaths’, Stephen Powis, the national medical director of the National Health Service, said on Saturday. Imagine hearing that from the medical director in your home country. You’ll feel like you accomplished this pandemic sufficiently if 20,000 human lives are lost? Imagine at least one from each family. How many families will never be the same again? How can the national medical director even think those words never-mind begin to fathom saying it.

In times like these you realise what the state thinks of you. As numbers. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s us that have to protect ourselves to ensure perished numbers worldwide are considerably less than what these ‘officials’ predict. They see the world as overpopulated, but every single individual means something to someone out there. We can’t rely on Governments to have our best interests at heart, as so much goes on behind closed doors that we’re oblivious of.

A life is a phenomenal gift. Let’s do our upmost best to protect each and everyone. Please stay inside, according to your countries rules. Even if their rules are more flexible than others, remember home is where the heart is and now, life is there too. Protect everyone, taking this pandemic seriously is saving other peoples lives and your own.

Remember, all for one and one for all.

How are you getting through this time? Are you isolating? What do you think of all this? Please share your opinions and thoughts!

52 thoughts on “Coronavirus; Lockdown

  1. I’m in England also, things are quiet where I am. All shops seem to be taking the distancing seriously and shelves are stocked. This is going to take a while but people have listened over here mostly so I think all will be okay…

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    1. Yes same! Although when I was picking up medication from a nearby village, I saw a fish and chip shop with a fair amount of customers in. I thought those types of restaurants aren’t allowed to be open as far as I’m aware, only for deliveries if that? But I guess some want to break the rules, quite selfish really in the grand scheme of things.
      Hope you’re well!๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. It is so sad, I heard this morning a member of my family sadly passed away due to the virus in New York. It’s so important everyone stays as safe as possible. I hope you’re well ๐Ÿ™

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      1. Thanks for sharing your corner of the world as well as others. I pray God will comfort you and the loss of your family member. Here in South Carolina USA we are allowed to go to work, get groceries or medicine or exercise outside. I’m a retired nurse. I have also been making washable masks for the hospital nurses on my sewing machine.

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      2. Ohhh really? Do you think South Carolina should have more restrictions or ?
        Thatโ€™s so kind and helpful! Plus, also saving lives๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ thatโ€™s amazing!
        Thankyouu so much Pamela for all the work youโ€™re putting into to help๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™ Incredible!

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  2. The elite have deemed us/the others expendable a long time ago. Thanks for asking what we/the others are doing; I’m a senior citizen of 81 years 9 months . My blog name speaks to what I share online; Viruses Dead End Here And Much More. To counter the high volume of panic news, I’ve posted a most encouraging video explaining; โ€œPeople don’t die of influenza, they die of chronic vitamin C deficiency โ€“ view and save lives now https://wp.me/p2VBZ8-35X

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    1. Wow so it’s extremely important for you to stay safe! I will definitely check out your blog as informative posts are so helpful going forward!
      Hope you and your loved ones are well ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. I am in Kenya and some of us have been allowed to work from home. We have a 5am – 7pm curfew for people who are going to work. Generally, there is a lot of sadness and uncertainty; but we pray for normalcy to return to the whole world.

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    1. I imagine so, there’s so much sadness and fear all around the world, who would’ve thought 2020 would be off to such a distressing time that’ll sadly be historic. I hope you and your loved ones are well in Kenya ๐Ÿ™

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    1. I couldn’t agree with you more. Times like these show people’s true colours. Most are amazing and reaching out, but those odd few are very disappointing, almost makes your blood run cold.
      I hope you and your loved ones are well ๐Ÿ™

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      1. I’m doing well thanks, Antonia.

        My dad died back in 2010 and my mother many years before that.

        So, like Hamlet, I’m facing the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune on my own.

        But I’m doing well, thanks. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

        I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

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      2. I’m so sorry to hear that.
        Glad to hear that you’re managing as it must be tough at times๐Ÿ™
        I’m well and so are my loved ones thankyouu for asking ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ™

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  4. Naturally, it’s vital to remain positive. Don’t give this virus an opening. Smile – and resist. We are going to send this thing packing…eventually.

    That said, what sort of society will we find when we emerge again into the sunshine? Ceasing all but tenuous interactions for two months is going to have an effect Some may not have jobs waiting for them when this is over. The fundamentals were strong before this thing hit, meaning the economy will recover in time, but how long will it take?

    No idea, though I do know we can do our part by being careful and by being positive. If we can manage those two tasks, we’ll outlast this thing.

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    1. I agree 100%. I don’t think it’ll be the same for a while, and everyone will be so excited at the thought of going out, restaurants cinemas, bars and even supermarkets will be busy, and that’s when the virus may start to show its ugly head again. Some will even want to obey the 2m rule still!
      You’re right, the uncertainty of peoples jobs are looming above us. Some can’t even pay their rent and are unsure where they next salary is coming from.
      With the economy in mind, hopefully the great depression doesn’t come around again, but the longer the virus is uncontrolled, the likelihood of it happening grows far greater.
      You speak complete sense especially with your latter statement.
      I hope you and your loved ones are well ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

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      1. Well-expressed, Antonia. Our generation has no notion of what a depression is like, and I pray we’ll retain that ignorance. Still, people manage. We are nothing if not an adaptable species.

        If you’ll indulge me, I recall stories my grandparents told of their younger years. Both their fathers were fortunate enough to have jobs, allowing for a tenuous grasp on the middle class, but dire spirits chased them. My grandfather’s family took on boarders to supplement their income.

        My grandmother’s family raised chickens for the eggs and bees, for the honey, plus, my grandmother and her mother (my great-grandmother) canned garden vegetables.

        They made it and, in turn, sent all their own children (my mother and her siblings) to college. The immediate future may be uncertain, but longer-term, we always find a way.

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      2. What a wonderful true story originated from your family’s history! Such hard workers๐Ÿ’ช.
        And for sure, each generation has their own hardship and this pandemic seems to be our one, but we always have found a way though such times, it’s just keeping that determination alive so like a relay race, we can pass it on to the next generation to come!

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  5. In India, we do have the lockdown of 21 days. Many are working from home. I got a police clearance pass yesterday to support ventilator design activities.

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  6. For people like me, we have self-isolated but also have lost out jobs atleast until this thing is resolved. I am lucky to still have a roof over my head and food on the table, but millions of people aren’t so lucky and I feel so terrible for them! I sincerely hope for their sake these troubled times are resolved faster than the rate at which they are going.
    On the other hand, thank you for your post. It was very informative and shows that we are not alone in our worries about this pandemic. Stay strong and stay safe!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It is such a distressing time for everyone, at least self isolating is one step forward ๐Ÿ™
      Iโ€™m so glad you found this post informative, and for sure weโ€™re not alone in this. Weโ€™re all in it, so many of our feelings are mutual about the situation.
      You too! And hope you and your loved ones are well๐Ÿ™

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  7. My husband is one of the people who got the NHS letter ‘Stay Indoors for 12 weeks’ and me his carer since he came out of hospital nearly three weeks ago. It’s not many weeks ago that one son was flying over from the USA, rest of the family coming to stay and at the hospital there were hand gels, but no restrictions. Then suddenly we’re all isolated. I think lots of young children, including my grandchildren, are having great fun, staying home with both their parents.

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    1. Oh no, I hope your husband and yourself are well๐Ÿ™ the restrictions here seemed to happen all of a sudden. One day you can go about your business, the next itโ€™s lockdown. I find it extremely puzzling also, how people were allowed to travel to and from the UK fairly easily, as surely it was spreading the virus considerably more.
      I agree completely Iโ€™m sure young children are having the best time, especially animals like dogs too, as they love having their owners at home! Theyโ€™re definitely taking advantage of the situation ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™„
      Have a lovely evening๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—

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  8. Price of ventilators in the US. Boris S. (for Stupid) Johnson. Stephen Powis… Enough to make mad. Let’s add Donald S. Tramp’s comment “If we have less tha 100,000 deaths in the US it will be a success?” Or so I heard.
    Who put those bastards in power?
    Grrr.

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    1. I completely hear you and couldnโ€™t agree more. Just utterly despicable. They leave you speechless and make you wonder how are these gormless individuals in charge?๐Ÿค”

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      1. I have been pondering that for a few years across several continents. I’m a Frog living in Mexico. And anywhere I look, there’s just morons. And we put them there. Something is very wrong.
        Stay safe.

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  9. My husband and I are both retired, so we have been staying home, working on projects here. I’ve been doing more praying (with more to pray ABOUT), more Bible study, more worship (singing/guitar playing) and more blogging. (My thoughts about the pandemic are in my last few posts.) It’s been sort of a personal retreat for me, and it’s been wonderful. I’ve seen some amazing answers to prayer, but just the experience of connecting more with my Creator has been a blessing.

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    1. That’s good that you’ve been able to stay home fairly easily as there isn’t the pressure or work or losing your job, which is a relief!
      Sometimes times like these bring you back to basics and what’s most important in your life, like religion, music and writing! And it makes you appreciate those things even more.
      That sounds amazing and like a true blessing!
      I hope you and your loved ones are well๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

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  10. First, thank you for following my blog. I’m curious whether you might have some sort of Wisconsin connection, since my post that you liked had to do with the terrible requirement that Wisconsin voters had to physically go to the polls this past Tuesday.

    Your perspective on the coronavirus epidemic was well written and I particularly was impressed with how you gave a world perspective on the pandemic. We here in the United States are often too concerned only with ourselves.

    Here in New Mexico, we are forging on. Our Governor seems to be doing a good job of having our state fend for itself, as that is the only option left for all states here in the United States. We have been on a stay-at-home order for a number of weeks and all non-essential businesses are closed. There are no draconian penalties yet implemented for non-compliance and I sincerely hope that it does not come to that. On the few occasions I do have to venture out, I am still amazed at how many people do not utilize masks or gloves. The selfishness of that inaction is unnerving.

    I hope that wherever you are, you are well and safe. I trust we will all come out better on the other side of this pandemic, and we will learn from our shared experiences.
    our state fend for itself as most of the states in the U.S. has been forced to do. We have been on stay-at-home order for a number of weeks now. I don’t believe that there are any draconian penalties yet implemented for non-compliance and I sincerely hope that it does not come to that. On the few occasions that I must venture out, I admit that I am taken aback by how many people still go out in public with no mask or gloves. The selfishness of that lack of protective action is unnerving.

    Be well, be safe, and wherever you are, I hope you come out of this stronger for our shared experiences.

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    1. As far as I know I donโ€™t have a Wisconsin connection๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜Œ, I just found your post very interesting, as I havenโ€™t heard too much about it over here in England, and I much appreciate hearing about what is happening in the world, or as much as I can anyway!
      Thankyouu Iโ€™m so glad you enjoyed reading that post, itโ€™s really eye opening to see how different countries are dealing with the pandemic.
      Iโ€™m glad to hear that your governor seems to be doing a great job and I completely agree! Iโ€™ve seen people definitely not keeping their distance from one another, and have been seeing gloves and masks here and there, but generally not! Itโ€™s baffling and in a way, disappointing.
      I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well also!๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ™

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  11. Appreciating the dedication you put into your blog and detailed information you present. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed information. Great read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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