COVID 19: Masking the Problem
Right now, our planet is a fragile place to be. 2020, a very special year, has dropped in for a little chat.
And without understatement, here in the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) is facing the greatest threat to its existence. Not just in terms of dealing with coronavirus, but the psychological, physical, and economic fall-out at the end of this crisis. There is only so much human beings can take on before they crumble. What will be left to pick up the pieces? What pieces be left to pick up?
We are at the tipping point of the global restructuring of society. And in the midst of it all, our warriors - doctors, nursers, consultants, carers, paramedics, ambulance drivers, caterers, cleaners have come out to keep people alive. Instead many are being asked to decide who to let die - and not just coronavirus victims.
The comparison of the death rates between COVID19 and the death rates with cancer, diabetes, and suicide are nonsensical. No one can sneeze any of these things onto you.
While we brave the horrors with laughter, and memes and anything that can keep us from losing our minds, let's not lose sight of the practical. Among all the advice being given about the corona virus is: wear a mask to protect others. Yet it's clear that many people refuse to do it, because they think it 'looks stupid'. Wear one: it's all the fashion now. As someone who's been laughed at for wearing one, I understand. It took me a while to venture out with a mouth hoodie.
But none of these offer any solution to mitigating global death rates. One simple practice might offer that hope.
The comparison of the death rates between COVID19 and the death rates with cancer, diabetes, and suicide are nonsensical. You cannot contract any of latter group by walking through the suspended breath droplets of the person affected. No one can sneeze any of these things onto you. Meanwhile people persist in saying it's 'only' the flu. All the theorists will also have their moment. 5G, Obama, China, biohazard terrorists, the earth rebelling. Fine.
But none of these offer any solution to mitigating global death rates.
One simple practice might offer that hope.
We've been given the advice. It has been written, sung, joked, illustrated, signed, and mimed. No-one can say they didn't know, unless they were some how too incapacitated to understand what's happening.
Wear a mask to protect others. It's all the fashion now.
Now we're at that stage where it's stopped feeling stupid. Middlesex Hospital is currently asking for help via the donation of homemade masks. Let me repeat that.
Middlesex Hospital is currently asking for help via the donation of homemade masks.
If you can sew, they've issued special instructions for COVID19 homemade masks.
Now is the time to showcase those long-forgotten skills.
See their advice on how to keep masks clean and healthy. You can get information on how to donate by visiting their website. wwwmiddlesex.org