The New Criminal Elderly
With coronavirus around, the elderly (which apparently includes me, though I don't feel I have got to that stage yet) are being told to stay inside, along with people whose immune systems are weakened, for instance people with diabetes, cancer and other problems. People with severe ill health, such as those on immune suppressing drugs, such as people who have received transplants, have received letters from the government telling them to stay inside for 12 weeks and self-isolate. The others are supposed to listen to government bulletins and stay inside for at least 3 weeks, which may be extended to 3 months!
People are allowed out if they are essential workers going to and from work, for one lot of exercise a day, to get one food shop a day or if helping someone else who is self-isolating. This is not supposed to include the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
I am healthy. I get plenty of exercise and exercise is supposed to keep the immune system working properly. I am also discovering a rebel streak. I don't want to stay inside. Well, actually, I do because the computer is a great "draw" but I know exercise is good for me, so we made an escape yesterday and today and took a long walk each day. As we did a circuit each time (but in different places), we were technically no further than 2 Km from the house at any time, as the crow flies but the authorities would have needed some fleet of foot officers to follow where we went! We met only a few people on our walks and you would have thought we were ringing the leper bell, because they leapt aside when they saw us, even though we kept 6 feet from them. We were concerned because at some points we were beside a road and they jumped out into the road and at another point we were by a cliff and we thought one runner was going to go over the barrier! I know no one wants to catch Covid-19 but it's a bit silly to risk a road accident or falling down a cliff to try and get further away than 6 feet!
Not Creating More Work
The government wants the elderly to stay in so they are less likely to catch the new coronavirus, because people over 70 are more likely to catch it badly and maybe need intensive care treatment and artificial ventilation. We understand that this should be kept for younger people who might need it. So we have told our offspring that we do not want ANY medical intervention of any kind if we get covid-19. If we survive, fine. If we don't survive, fine too. Too bad.
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