Mask Less Making Me Sick!
Just some Sunday ponderings on this crazy world of ours….
Of late, l have taken to some deep thinking – well okay, that’s not unusual for me but I don’t understand people at times – l try, maybe l try to hard – maybe the simple truth is – it is just blatant arrogance or mass complicity or stupidity or imbecility – but l still struggle.
Boris Johnson wants to NOT lockdown the country again if he can avoid it – l would like for him to NOT lockdown the country again as well – but logically we may not have that option if this mass or maskless stupidity carries on.
I don’t disbelieve there is a medical problem – l do believe the world is experiencing serious problems with Coronavirus – l personally haven’t met anyone who has had it or who knows of someone who has had it – but then, l live quite a quiet life these days and more so since Suze and l started living seperately. When we were a couple under the same roof l hardly had anyone visit – ME – then either.
We had people visit Suze and as such l would see people – because they were Suze’s friends or family and l did my social bit and came in and swapped banalities for a while, made my excuses and returned to my own thing.
There were people Suze and l saw together as they were joint friends, mostly from Suze’s side to life and family and so on – the point is – that really most of my friends are ‘virtual’ – even friends l have in real life are so scattered to the winds l don’t see them, and speak to them only virtually or digitally through one social platform or another.
I don’t have people over because l don’t really know any of ‘my kind of people locally’ – l have more acquaintances now since moving, but they are not ”friends”, they are just people l see in the street when walking by themselves or their dogs, or out shopping …
With a muchly reduced social circle as mine l am hardly likely to know many people who may have had dealings with Covid in comparison to more social people.
But even with my reduced social circle l still exercise caution with regards the wearing of masks and social distancing – JUST because l don’t know anyone who has had it – there is a reason for that – as said, l am new to Sandwich, l don’t have many real life friends close by and l am not out partying or drinking nightly!
On average l am out of the house twice daily, once in the morning anywhere between 7.30 – 9.00am set off, with an additional late afternoon/early evening walk with a set off time of 5.15 – 6.15pm. Each walk takes me roughly 30/35 minutes and on each walk l see roughly 30 people. If l see people approaching l ensure l have a a good 1 – 2 metre distance between us – to comply with the protocols in place with regards social distancing.
Some days l might also be out of the house during either the mid morning or early afternoon. Whenever l leave the house these days I always have a mask with me and a small bottle of hand sanitizer, even though all stores now have hand sanitizer stations. When l am out walking despite not having close contact with people l still have a mask with me and a bottle of sanitizer in my pockets.
Whatever your beliefs with regards the severity of C19 and whether you know people who have died, become sick or ill or not – there are reasons for these medical safeguarding health proceedures to be in place and that is because as communities of people we are supposed to care for each other and look out for each other. Supposedly …….
But of course this is the 21st Century and that kind of community sociality and solidarity that traditionally used to exist on a national level is mostly pocketed these days in smaller parishes and villages and some towns – but is fast disappearing with logics and sanity it seems.
People don’t seem to care anymore about anyone else apart from themselves and l am seeing this more and more as the months of social distancing continue – that common sense has vanished and sad to say Westernized greed seems to rule the day over being careful and less selfish with regards others.
People are complacent with regards everything regarding not just the pandemic but everything – herd mentality is fast becoming a major concern. We have anti-maskers now – who screech and scream about conspiracy theories about there being no such thing as Covid – 19 because they don’t know anyone who has had it or they see empty waiting rooms and parking lots in hospitals signalling to them – there is no pandemic.
There are protests up and down the country about people’s freedoms and liberties being taken away from them – that the governments are lying to us [well that ‘s not news really]. If not anti-maskers then we have Corona-Deniers and the list of disgruntlement goes on and on.
According to the latest polls … 25% of the nation believe the virus is a hoax, another 20% think it is a global experiment by governments to gain control of the people like historical religious sects used to and some cults still do today and then there is an 18% concern that the pandemic is not the real issue and that we are not being told the ‘truth’, whilst the remaining 37% are people who don’t know what anything is – but try not to be selfish whatever IT is and whether they believe it or not will still wear the masks and maintain to the social distancing and the protocols.
Where do l stand in all of this?
Well – l do believe there is a pandemic and it IS an issue – l don’t believe it just appeared magically almost overnight like they tried to tell us – l believe it was here for some time just not identified and most assuredly not properly known about or medically recognised and then it became a major concern.
I am not an anti-masker, l don’t think the government is trying to seize or gain more control but can understand that as horrific as this may all be – that our governments are playing a game with our lives – intentionally or not – but governments have been doing that for centuries – that’s not new.
In some ways the pandemic is an inconvenient convenience to other issues more pressing that may not be addressed and yet the pandemic has highlighted even more damning problems such as the shortages of funding to organisations that truly needed help long before this arose.
This or ‘pandemics’ like this have been discussed in earnest since the turn of the century – global environmental concerns have been discussed since the 70’s and many of those came true – the world’s getting bigger and bigger and l don’t mean land mass – l mean population size – we have too many people on the planet – you squeeze too many people into a tinderbox and there are going to be problems!
Suze, was here last Thursday – who as you know has throat cancer and therefore a weakened immunity system – she is undergoing her chemo and her first ’bout’ was a couple of weeks ago, and her second bout is next Friday – with each new bout – the aggression levels of treatment are increased. Suze was wearing a mask from the time we stepped out of the house and as l neared more busier places l donned my own mask and we both used hand sanitzier.
We wanted to do some shopping in the local Thursday market which comprised of perhaps 15 stalls and at the time we were there which was around 11.30am there must have been a good 100 people there. How many were wearing masks including ourselves? Can you guess?
If you guessed 10% well done!
We, despite the area and the amount of people, maintained a social distance of a metre – how many did the same, can you guess?
If you guessed roughly 8% you would be right …
People have become way too complacent and care not for others, think they themselves are invincible and whilst l was there l heard people discussing C19 and l must have heard at least a half dozen conversations between groups of 4 – 5 of non distanced unmasked people discussing how they thought the coronavirus was nonsense!! People wearing masks were fools and the biggest victims of all!
It really is a crazy world – scary too – l fear people more than l fear the virus .. or maybe l should simply say people who go out and mix with society without a mask make me sick…… think about that!