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Lynette Fay: Forget applause - health service needs a real hand

We have an alarmingly high number of coronavirus cases, yet when I was in the shop buying milk last night, the other six customers must have been exempt from wearing a mask. What are the chances?

Lynette Fay
Lynette Fay

IS ANYONE else feeling the need to scream at the top of their voices to vent at public stupidity/selfishness at the minute?

We have an alarmingly high number of coronavirus cases, yet when I was in the shop buying milk last night, the other six customers must have been exempt from wearing a mask. What are the chances?

I have been asking myself if I have been over compliant, too obedient. Are these the actions of someone who is over anxious? I don’t know, but when I decided to wear my mask last week when buying a cup of coffee, I could feel the strange looks.

One person qualified that I wasn’t paranoid when they commented, “Oh, you’re one of them.”

“One of what?” I asked. “Ach, ye know,” was the reply. I decided not to pursue this conversation. Here we go again.

I wonder why people aren’t wearing masks – those people, in turn, wonder why I am. Are they right and I’m wrong?

I have been trying my best to do my bit in this battle against the coronavirus. I’m trying to look after my family and myself.

I have limited my social contacts – so much so, that when I accidentally met a friend, in person, when I was walking around the local park last week, talking in person felt strange. I realised that it will take me a while to get used to socialising in person again when this is all over.

It has been heartbreaking to listen to the stories of some people, particularly in the hospitality industry over the past few days.

I heard one business owner tell how, in order to comply with the table-service-only rule in his restaurant, he had hired a new employee who was due to start work today. She had left a job to start this new one, which now might not exist, depending on how his business weathers this storm.

Alcohol consumption has been identified as part of the problem. On social media this week, a friend of mine asked a logical question, why can’t alcohol purchases be limited per purchase – just like toilet roll?

We are clearly not thinking of others. We are not willing to make short-term compromises and changes to our lives so that fewer people contract this virus. Is this driven by selfishness or stupidity? Perhaps both.

Imagine what it feels like to be a health-care worker? Have they got the energy, the tenacity or the will to face into a second wave of high ICU admissions? A round of applause on a Thursday night won’t go a long way this time.

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