courage is about doing what needs to be done, when it needs doing
It turns out that COVID-19 is a very selective killer virus. It’s racist, ageist, fattist, and discriminates against those who have cancer, diabetes, or a heart problem. Doesn’t much like men either. You are also far more likely to get seriously ill or die if you live in a big city and don’t get much exercise, fresh air, and sunshine. If you want to sail through a pandemic then you should be younger, fitter, and free from underlying health conditions and addictions.
There is a little evidence that smokers are less affected by the coronavirus than people who do not and have never smoked. If you’re a smoker don’t congratulate yourself because smoking will kill you faster and more certainly then COVID-19 ever would. Also, smokers tend to be unfit and have a host of chronic illnesses ~ like heart diseases. In fact, anyone with any addiction; booze, drugs of any kind, gambling, junk food, casual sex….. is far more likely to die from that addiction than from COVID-19, but this virus could well just push you over the edge.
As an example; working age men are twice as likely to die of COVID-19 than a similar woman. And, the 70 to 79 age group are 50 times more likely to die from catching the coronavirus than the under 40s. It’s complicated.
We do not know yet how to account for this. Socio-economic factors may be an influence….. There could be hidden genetic factors we do not yet understand. ~ Professor Karol Sikora.
We can’t alter our age or ethnicity, and it’s hard to change our socio-economic status, or where we live. But, how long is a piece of string? There is usually a big difference between someone’s chronological age than their physical age. Most chronic illnesses are caused by what we do and how we live; alcoholics will routinely suffer from liver and kidney diseases, heart diseases, cancers, and dementia ~ as well as having a strong chance of dying in an accident or committing suicide. Type 2 diabetes is all about lifestyle…..
So, to have a longer, healthier, and more rewarding life we need to be brave enough to change, have some self-discipline, stop being self-destructive, and just take good care of ourselves; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
For a start, no matter what else you believe or have been told, get out there and get some fresh air and exercise. Stop drinking, smoking, hanging around in bars, and eating junk food.
Some say you are just as old as you feel. And that they’re not really an addict, they just smoke the occasional joint, and like a beer or two. All I know is that most of us were on the Road to Hell but we can get off any time we like.
a glass of red a few times a week might be good for you
suffering quite badly from lockdown now
only an attractive sunset picture
I first entered lockdown on March 23rd, since then I have only been out for 2 weeks, when I went out walking on my own, for miles and miles. The weather was good, and so was the exercise. But now I have been told I have to go into quarantine for another two weeks.
Since March 23rd I have not talked to anyone, except on the telephone and internet chat. I haven’t talked with anyone in person at all, and I’m getting quite lonely and distressed. I will be able to go out again on June 6th, and I am really looking forward to that day.
My internet isn’t working so well, right now, but then nothing is really working here right now. It’s all very depressing.
I am really looking forward to seeing my friends.
Just a nice picture to cheer myself up
Civil liberties are being destroyed here in England
We have new regulations here in England. Our cell phones are being monitored, it’s called track and trace, and if we go anywhere near somdone with the COVID-19 virus we are instructed to go home immediately, and stay in quarantine for 2 weeks.
I am now in lockdown until next Friday. I can’t go out at all.
I have had no internet for 3 days. Nothing is working here.
It’s very miserable time for everyone.
I feel like I am in a dungeon.
you can tell when a politician is lying, it’s every time they say something
All Ministers, Politicians, Government Spokespeople, and Officials routinely dissemble, obfuscate, and downright lie. During the current COVID-19 crisis they have also been constantly cheating on the health guidelines, rules, laws, their wives, husbands, families, you, me, and basically everybody. Right now I wouldn’t trust any of them as far as I could throw a truck, and I will never, ever believe anything any of them say at any time in the future.
They have also been stealing some very precious things from us; our freedom, our jobs, our education, our childrens’ futures, our physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being, our very lives.
There is very strong evidence that ‘those in authority’ knew all about this coronavirus at least as far back as January this year, and they did nothing. There is compelling evidence that the health services in the UK knew there should be a large scale testing programme, but that idea was abandoned in March because health officials thought the outbreak was already too big. It was also dragged out of Public Health England that out of the 719,000 home test kits sent out half have not been returned. Public Health England have also refused to turn over some of its scientific papers to Members of Parliament. ‘Something is rotten in the state…..’
Hardly any doctors, nurses, and other health workers have yet been tested. The much vaunted Track-and-Trace mobile phone app is a fiasco. The returning of children to schools on June 1st is a fiasco. The 2 metre social-distancing rule we have here is unnecessary and based on very fragile evidence. The deliberate policy of moving elderly patients positive for COVID-19 from hospitals to care homes should be treated as manslaughter.
The worst fiasco in governments handling of the coronavirus pandemic is that the whole lockdown thing is a waste of time, (according to Nobel Laureate Professor Michael Levitt, and a team at JP Morgan), and was nothing more than a panic knee-jerk reaction from governments desperate to be seen to be ‘doing something’. Given that the lockdown has destroyed modern society, then somebody should be locked up. Maybe start with that other piece of philandering scum Ferguson, who’s deeply flawed, inadequate computer model wrongly predicted a half-million UK deaths if lockdown wasn’t imposed.
Furguson’s model was a buggy mess that looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming. ~ Dave Richards co-founder of WANdisco
Some say that Boris Johnson is being a loyal friend in trying to save Dominic Cummings job as a government advisor. And that the scum’s three trips up and down the country are all-right because ‘it wasn’t like he was visiting a lover…..’ All I know is that some people should learn when to keep their big mouth shut.
people are heartily sick of standing in line outside supermarkets
make a new start, get up and get out there, there is naught to fear
I don’t feel pleasure
there is no real pain
waking up is pointless
too much useless leisure
far too much cold rain
the days are countless
thoughts are mindless
nothing to lose nor gain
just isolated loneliness
it’s time to begin again
it’s time to laugh again
today is ideal for those who wish to make it so
to see a fine sunrise would make my day
I know I’m poorly, but I don’t really know why. Here in England we can only have an on-line of telephone doctor’s appointment, but we have a National Health Service help line, and they play it safe, call them and the chances are they will say you most likely have the coronavirus….. there is no chance of being tested for COVID-19 unless you are a ‘key worker’.
They have told me that I need to self-isolate for another week, which is fine because just going down the 56 steps to the street door is difficult. Climbing back up again needs to be done in stages because I’m so breathless.
The symptoms I have make no sense, neither do the antibiotics I’ve been given ~ a placebo perhaps. I believe that the vitamin supplements are doing me more good; A, B, C, D, E, magnesium and zinc, iron, and cod liver oil. Being isolated and alone is most likely what is wrong with me. Solitary confinement is a cruel and unusual punishment, and I’ve had about 53 days of that.
I really, really, desperately want to be fit and well again.
Some say that illness is all in the mind. And that you are just as healthy as you want to be. All I know is that I’ve had some very bad days since my birthday on March 23rd.
at least I have a friend to keep me company
one day, surviving lockdown will be a badge of honour
It’s not a matter for applause Boris
Here in England it’s day 44 of the official lockdown, and around the country there are many people still suffering self-isolation. You want to know something, solitary confinement constitutes a ‘cruel and unusual punishment’, and yet the British Government has inflicted this torture on it’s entire population, for no very good reason at all.
Of course this lockdown does not apply to them, not to the British Government, not to the great and the good. All the swines at the trough, all the government ministers, politicians, health officials, civil servants, the scientists, the intelligentsia advising the government and National Health Service through multifarious committees, none of these people either believes in lockdown or think it applies to them.
Among the dozens and dozens of scandals around the self-important, sanctimonious, and stupid people who have cheated the whole lockdown thing we have Catherine Calderwood, who used to be Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer. She had to resign her post after breaking her own rules and visiting her second home in Earlsferry, Fife, which is a hell of a long way from Edinburgh, the Scottish capital.
But that pales into insignificance if we consider the case of Professor Neil Ferguson, who happens to be the bastard who told the British Government there would be 500,000 avoidable deaths here if we didn’t have lockdown. Mr Trump was persuaded to impose lockdown in the USA after Ferguson told the President there would be 2,000,000 deaths in the USA if lockdown wasn’t imposed.
Well, it seems married with kids Feruguson (51) has been having his amoral slut, married with kids Antonia Staats (38) travel all across London for a regular fuck while Ferguson’s own lockdown was in force. I’d like to bet I know what kind of people these two are, since they met on an online dating site OKCupid. You know what, the architect of lockdown having his slut break the lockdown rules so they could do whatever it is they do for sexual gratification is beyond contemptible disgust.
Personally, I gave up on lockdown on the first of May. Today I took a 3 hour walk by the sea, in the fresh air and sunshine, and I feel a hell of a lot better for it.
Not many others around here seem to be much interested in self-isolation either. Lots of cars on the road, lots of bicyclists around, and where I walk there were lots of other people taking the air and enjoying the sunshine and fresh sea breezes.
The supermarkets are open, although you may need to stand in line outside for a while. Restaurants are offering take-outs, our local DIY super-store is doing take-outs for stuff like paint and tools, building and gardening contractors are working, and IKEA is opening its UK stores on May 18th.
Some say we are all equal, we are all in this COVID-19 thing together. And that we should stay at home to protect the Health Services. All I know is they can all fuck with whoever they like as long as they leave the rest of us alone.
meanwhile the rest stand in line
across the UK there is no effective testing programme for the voronavirus
Yesterday a friend of mine was told to go to a COVID-19 testing centre in a hospital car park about an hour’s drive away. After she had struggled to get there, queued in line in the car park for another hour, she was told there were no testing kits left and sent home in tears.
My friend Pam is in a high risk group because of her chronic asthma, and is extremely worried about this pandemic.
Personally, I have been very ill on-and-off since my birthday over a month ago. I haven’t been tested, haven’t been in hospital, and have no support at home ~ other than my friend Pam who buys groceries for me and leaves them outside my building’s street door. I am officially quarantined.
The UK has the third highest COVID-19 death rate after the USA and Italy. Some 27,000 have died here from the coronavirus.
Doesn’t look like we will be getting out of lockdown any time soon.
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