Covid 19 - Are We Taking It Seriously?
Corona Virus - Is It As Bad As The Media Is Making It Out To Be?
We have all been affected by the outbreak of Corona Virus (Covid 19) and the ensuing lockdowns and restrictions throughout the world. It doesn't matter where it came from or how it started it has turned into a worldwide Pandemic and changed the way we live now and probably for some time to come if not for ever.
This post about Covid is partly a personal update of how it is affecting myself, my family and friends.
Those of you who have read my previous posts will know that we lost a family friend earlier this year to this disease, she had no underlying health conditions, was only in her mid 30's and left behind a husband and 3 children. Carol was the same age as my eldest daughter, went to school with her and spent many nights "over at ours" doing homework together.
In December my mum went into hospital for a routine procedure, she should have been in and out in 3 days maximum, there were complications post procedure, 3 weeks later she passed away still in the hospital bed. Cause of death was stated as pneumonia, it may have been early Corona virus as all the symptoms were there, we will never know for sure.
On Friday last my dad had a fall getting out of bed at his dementia nursing home, he told the nurses he was getting dressed to go find mum as it was late and she hadn't come home. Dad didn't hurt himself seriously in the fall but was complaining of hip pain so following protocol the nursing home sent him to Accident and Emergency to be checked over. We had the call at 3.15am on Friday morning, the hospitals are on lockdown so we could not go to be with him.
On the Saturday lunchtime we were told there was nothing broken but dad would be kept for observation for 24 hrs. After many frustrating phone call to the hospital over the last 3 days, today, Tuesday, the Doctor told me that dad had been moved to another ward, this ward was the quarantine ward for suspected Covid 19 patients, he was showing all the symptoms and struggling for breath, he is presently on fluids and oxygen. Dad has been tested for Covid but we will not know the result until Thurs, he was clear of the disease when routinely tested in the nursing home just 10 days ago. It will now be a long and stressful wait until Thurs.
So, personally my answer to the questions at the top of this post is: yes it is as bad as is being reported and yes we all need to take this seriously.
Keep Safe Everybody - Follow All The Precautions And Keep Your Loved Ones Safe.