Kafkaesque Health Care
The health service here has told me to completely isolate at home for 10 days because I have been identified as being near to someone with the coronavirus.
Because of that I will miss my trip to the Mediterranean sunshine which was due to fly out today.
There’s a good chance that I will not get the coronavirus because I have been properly vaccinated. But I am feeling very unwell, for lots of reasons. 60% of the people here hospitalised with covid don’t have the illness at all. It’s crazy, and now I am going crazy.
I’m a prisoner in my own home
The other day I went for breakfast with my friend Pam, and I had to give my name and phone number to the cafe. I’ve been contacted Public Health England under track and trace, and told I have to stay in the garret for 14 days from last Saturday.
Luckily I have plenty of canned goods and medication. There is a £100 fine if I go out, terrible.
This really is the last straw.
a locked door
the life you have known isn’t the only life you will ever know
Overseas travel is a little problematic just now. There are some places I cannot go, some places I can go to will mean self-isolation for a couple of weeks when I return home, and some other places I would never go to anyway. Of all the world one of the countries I can travel to without much hassle is Turkey. So, in a little while I’m taking myself off to a little town on the Turkish Aegean cost, hard by the mountains. In theory, maybe, if I’m lucky.
As the 600,000 thousand or so British holiday makers who went to Spain recently will tell you ~ thinking it was safe, permitted, allowed, not a lot of hassle ~ the rules can all change at the drop of a hat. Some estimate that there are 1.8 million Britons in Spain right now, (including the ex-pats), and any of them returning to the UK will immediately have to spend 14 days in lockdown, under some very stringent not-going-outside rules. And when they are allowed out they will have to wear a face-nappy. If anyone breaks the rules they could face a hefty fine.
(BTW neither a face mask, nor surgical gloves offer any protection whatsoever to COVID-19.)
It’s all utterly farcical, knee-jerk, bullying, pathetic, lily livered political crap. The Government here warns that there is no viable alternative to 14 day quarantine for travellers returning to the UK from high-risk countries. It looks like Belgium, Luxembourg, and Croatia will be taken off the ‘safe travel list’ tomorrow. The Government say that; ‘people should continue to book holidays, but they needed to be aware of the risk of the 14 day quarantine being imposed for the country they are travelling to’. Oh, for f**ks sake! What a bunch of w**kers!
Meanwhile, here in Europe, lockdown free Sweden is managing quite nicely, seeing a very positive downward trend in coronavirus cases. Officials there utterly play down the effectiveness of masks on public transport, saying there’s no point to a face-nappy. Naturally the other European Union countries are not happy with the Swedish stance on COVID-19. You can always tell a Swede, but you can’t tell him much.
Some say that I’m stupid to go abroad in the middle of a pandemic. And that it will serve me right if I have to submit to 14 days of quarantine upon my return. All I know is I’m going anyway, unless Boris panics again.
I think that Marmaduke wants to go with me
he’s got a hell of a lot of luggage for a bear
these days, an Englishman’s home truly is his castle
a castle in the clouds is as far as I’m likely to get
Just going to the store is becoming very complicated here. To begin with you can’t pay in cash, for most places you have to stand in line outside for a while, and in a few days time we are all going to have to start wearing face nappies again in stores. Face coverings are a requirement on public transport too, but the last time I was on a train, (just last week), hardly anyone bothered with that.
Train timetables are very restricted, for some services one must book in advance, and when you get to wherever the train is going you will find that most ‘attractions’ are shut.
The airlines are flying again, but face masks are a requirement in airports and on aircraft. How much fun would it be for me to wear a face mask for a continuous 24 hours if I was travelling to the USA? No fun at all. Not that I could fly to the USA in any event, because immigration wouldn’t let me in, and even if I was stopped at the US border I would still face 14 days quarantine when I returned to the UK.
That’s the problem with overseas travel. Theoretically there are flights, but when you get to where you’re going you’re probably going to be facing 14 days of self-isolation. Rather spoils the average vacation of business trip.
It’s all utterly pointless and political ~ nothing to do with health at all. Turns out that the number of COVID-19 deaths is very hyped / inflated. All deaths will be recorded as coronavirus related, whenever and whatever poor soul tested positive for the virus, even if the proximate cause of mortality was being run over by a bus.
I hope the right people start to make the right decisions soon. But I very much doubt it.
not going to happen for me any time soon