Yesterday Boris Johnston the prime minister has warned us there are bumpy months ahead until Christmas and perhaps beyond because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not a surprise as he introduced tighter measures for six months.
In the twinkling of an eye, our lives have changed. The London Marathon took place today and should have marked the 40th anniversary. Instead, it took place in various locations so that the athletes were not running in a mass group spreading the virus. Last year such a thing would not have been contemplated.
As things stand, Christmas will be different. In England, we are not permitted to meet with people indoors from outside of our households, so there will not be any Christmas guests. Some farmers are seriously considering that this will deplete the sale of Turkeys.
What will it be like a new year? What will we think as we cannot shake hands and say,” Happy New Year”? We will be looking back at what has changed and looking forward with unanswered questions.
There is also disinformation. We were told that Donald Trump had no symptoms and had not received oxygen. It now transpires he did have symptoms and received oxygen at the Whitehouse before he boarded the helicopter to be taken to hospital. He claims he was told if he stayed at the Whitehouse, he would have to stay in his room and see no one and implied that in hospital he has more freedom. He may be reflecting on what happened to Boris Johnson who became ill, was admitted to the hospital, and also received oxygen.
All pandemics have so far abated, become less ferocious, and also become seasonal, or due to vaccination, have ceased to exist in the UK such as polio.
America is gripped by fear as its leader is running the country from the hospital. He sits at a table with flags behind him addressing the nation and the world down a camera lens seeking to reassure the public, but he cannot be certain of what may befall him. We now know that some people have symptoms for months after they have ceased to be infectious. He may wonder if he is going to be one of them.
The virus is like an invisible enemy, striking everyone everywhere. If Trump gets a second term he is likely to continue to call it the Chinese virus and want an investigation into its origins.
Many people have lost their jobs. The economic impact of the pandemic will be felt for years to come.
The young are not exempt. University students are confined to their halls of residence with online lectures. The pandemic may yet damage the start of their careers.
People are urged to obey the rules. If they do not, further changes are threatened. Perhaps we need to learn to live with uncertainty.