On being a decent human

it’s getting a bit scary out there, isn’t it?

Food shortages are beginning to bite, never mind the toilet paper crisis. Those who aren’t hitting the supermarkets and loading their trolleys/carts with enough food to feed a family of 6 for a month are beginning to find it hard to find the basics. Even the raw materials like flour and sugar are getting scarce. It’s looking a lot like survival of the entitled. Personally, I haven’t bought toilet paper since my last 24 pack, which is how I normally buy it. That was before COVID-19 was even a thing. I’m using less these days, and I have a plan for when I finally run out, even if things haven’t returned to normal on the tp shelf-stocking front. I may even end up sticking with it when tp is freely available again, it’s a much more ecologically-friendly solution.

We only have to look at Italy to see how bad it can get, and how quickly. First, people think it’s just another flu-like virus, nothing much to worry about. Then there are the poor Chinese, whose government pretended nothing was going on, followed by a few unlucky cases who caught it in China, came home, and gave it to others. And so on. It’s all a little unreal, something that happens to someone else. Most of us still don’t know anyone who knows someone who’s got it or is even self-isolating. But slowly, that’s beginning to change. There’s an uneasy note in the news bulletins now, people are beginning to avoid touching and then meeting each other, others are working from home…

But what is worrying me more than a little is how the vulnerable are coping. Who is taking supplies to their elderly neighbour? To their daughter’s friend’s mother on chemotherapy, their work colleague recovering from a heart attack, the slightly scary schizophrenic guy on the corner? And by vulnerable, I don’t just mean the elderly, immuno-compromised and alone. I also mean those on whom we rely, and who in turn rely on others to make doing their jobs possible. Who will look after the out-of school-children of the doctors, nurses, and researchers, the first responders, the teachers, the supermarket workers; who is buying groceries for them? Who is supporting the power, phone and fuel workers?

This is probably one of the few times I wish I was a social-media-savvy ‘influencer’. Some of the things I’d talk about:

  • I wish I could encourage people to be kinder, less selfish, more altruistic. Seriously, what are you going to do with that mountain of 300 toilet rolls? Just give some away…
  • I’d happily accept a proper government-implemented rationing system if it meant everyone got their fair share and we saw an end to those hideous fight scenes in our supermarkets. Don’t tell me we’re not at war and rationing is an over-reaction. You just have to watch TV to see that fair shares are badly needed.
  • If the crisis becomes truly huge, I’d like to see the start of a volunteer organisation of the successfully-recovered and now immune, the Antibody Positive, the A+, to help those who are sick or self-isolating or even not yet affected.
  • I’d like to see people fined savagely for spreading disinformation or scaremongering or endangering others by refusing to self-isolate, for sneezing and coughing rudely and dangerously over other people, and for COVID-19-related abuse of anyone of a remotely Asian appearance.
  • I’d like our leaders to show some backbone and make necessary but unpopular decisions for the sake of our future health and economy, rather than leaving it to the discretion of individuals and organisations. I’d like them to acknowledge that this crisis is here for the long term, that it’s real, and I’d like them to stop patting me on the head and telling me all will be well, they have things under control. Because they don’t.
  • I’d like to start a national ‘Visit your elderly relative’ movement. Don’t leave it too long; if they’re in a care home of some sort, all it takes is one unwitting infectious case to be introduced, and the residents would scarcely stand a chance. Many homes are already considering a total lock-down, excluding even immediate relatives who are displaying no symptoms. I’ve just had a FaceTime conversation with my own 97 year-old father in his nursing home in the UK. My brother takes his iPad when he visits Pa, so we can talk face to face, as it were. That may not go on much longer, and I’m acutely aware that each conversation may be the last one. Make your visits count. Tell them you love them, ask if they need anything. Don’t forever regret that you didn’t bother.
  • If you have children, talk to them. Give them real information, not facile reassurances. There’s no need to frighten them, but they’ll need some sort of proper explanation for why everything is changing, why their parents aren’t going out to work and why they aren’t going to school, why people are wearing masks and public places are emptying out. They need to know people can get very sick… and even die. They need to know you’re being careful, and responsible, and kind to others. Don’t promise them what you cannot guarantee to deliver.

Let’s all be humane humans. We are better than the doom-sayers, the gossip and scare-mongers, the grocery-grabbers and profiteers, the irrational abusers and the ones who post cheap cracks about someone they don’t like deserving COVID-19.

This world may be a slightly emptier place when it’s all over. But wouldn’t it be good if those of us who are still here when it’s over were also a bit kinder, more rational, more generous and less profit-driven?



76 thoughts on “On being a decent human

  1. Marty K says:

    This is an excellent post! Unfortunately, COVID-19 has not brought out the best sides of a lot of people. Even more unfortunate is that this selfish, anti-fact attitude starts at the top.

    Le sigh…

    • katechiconi says:

      Our leaders are not much better. It’s said we get the leaders we deserve, but I think they have a tendency to believe their electors are a little slow and gullible… it would be nice to have leaders we can respect and believe in at times like these.

  2. Extremely strict measures in South Africa have been put into place, including testing people who came in from overseas up to 2 months ago.
    From what I read and pick up, communities are working together and being very considerate of others less fortunate; via fb, people have set up teams to assist the elderly, the house-bound, etc. People are offering their homes/services to those whose children are now off school but who still have to go to the office.
    Very proud of our President, who really puts Mr Trump in a poor light!


    • katechiconi says:

      I think Mr Ramaphosa has a thing or two to teach other leaders…. People are getting together and helping each other, but in a private way, and I’d like to see more organised means of helping those who need it.

  3. You are a “social-media-savvy ‘influencer’ “… every sane voice is a shining light, yours among them. For me Covid19 is much like the bushfires, floods… and its mix of the best and worse of practicality, good sense, community, politics and social/media sensationalism/misinformation. We’re trying to avoid the worst of it and live much as we always do in good times and tough. We’ve cancelled a few plans for our own piece of mind. And yes, rationing the TP because I just don’t want to enter the fray.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m beginning to wonder just how much attrition we’ll see in the aftermath. It’s good to have the figures, but I can see that many people will find the ever-mounting totals frightening. My own life isn’t materially changed; I’m mostly at home alone, and the Husband is alone in his truck. Neither of us is in much danger of random exposure. However, my sewing group is put on hold for the duration and I’ve also cancelled the quilting lessons I’m giving a friend as she has health problems. As for TP; suffice it to say that sewing is involved!

  4. I have been self-isolating since Thursday. I wanted to know I was doing all I can not to spread the virus. I feel lucky as it is easy for me. In fact it feels like heaven to have 3-4 months ahead of quiet crafting.
    I am glad of my online community of like minds.
    My Mum’s Care Home is in lock-down. No visitors. Fortunately my sisters and I saw her recently and she is too far down the line of Dementia to know what is going on. I am sad to think of her dying without us being able to be with her, but I understand and I am supportive of the Home’s decision.
    I have a friend with cancer, I was with her when she had the diagnosis, we both hugged each other and cried when we got home and I said I would be with her all the way. She has asked me to take her to the hospital for her Oncology appointment this week. She is facing some horrid surgery and debilitating treatment, we will hear the details on Thursday. I’m nervous about going to a large hospital in a city, but I can’t say no. I do not have any underlying health issues, I think I have a good chance of survival if I get the virus, but I am 67, in the danger zone.
    I am glad to see kindness and good people doing good things in our local community, on Facebook. Each village near me has a Page, and there are some wonderful community schemes being set up.
    If I get the virus and get through it, I will be a valuable resource to help others. Looking on the bright side as far a s possible.
    Stay safe and healthy Kate. ❤

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s really great to hear the good stuff… I also applaud you for putting your friend first. Her immune system will be very fragile just now. The reassuring thing is that hospitals of all places know about good infection control, so provided you maintain social distance and clean hands, I reckon you should be OK. I’m on the brink of 60, and my immune system is compromised from having had cancer myself, but I’m determined to remain positive. If I get it, I WILL recover. Health and safety to you too xxx

      • You WILL! You live a good healthy lifestyle that must count for a lot! I really appreciate our connection through crafting and blogging. It will become ever more valuable in the months to come. ❤

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s very true; blogging and other social media have many defects and disadvantages, but they do link people and help them to form large, supportive virtual and physical communities.

  5. Hi Kate. Great post. I think this situation brings out the best and the worst in human nature. I’m lucky to live in a small village where a network is being set up to support the vulnerable. On the toilet paper front, I find it amazing that this is the apparently a No 1 item to panic over. Stay well. Stay safe. xx

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    A positive post Kate, and one I reckon all of us who read your blog would agree with. We are in the midst of moving house- move day two weeks time- the irony to be closer to family. Husband not in best of health, so I am now the only one who goes out and about. Difficult days. I have decided that every day I shall make contact with someone I know either by text, phone , or email, someone I may not have made contact with for ages. On the tp front- there are some great gags out there now- nothing like laughing at adversity. Meantime polution is getting better. And the birds are building their nests.

    • katechiconi says:

      I like your idea of connecting and reconnecting with people you haven’t been in touch with for a while. It’s Phone A Friend, not for answers, but for questions: “How are you? Are you well? What’s your news?”. Down here in the tropics, it’s hard to take a flu-like virus seriously; the sun still shines warmly and for long hours. The only difference is that there is a fresher breeze and the days are slowly getting shorter.

  7. writinghouse says:

    Hear, hear! I will post a link to this on Twitter. The UK government is only interested in protecting wealth so has basically left everything up tot the individual so as not to trouble the insurance industry. Hey ho! 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, I think our current government has taken lessons from yours in wordy inaction and high-flown rhetoric signifying not very much at all… Meanwhile, the most universally hated man currently in power (Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister) is currently suffering from an unfortunately mild case of C-19, having possibly passed it on to POTUS and the First Daughter. Fingers crossed, then…

  8. tialys says:

    You already know the problems I’m facing with family being separated and, as others have said, this really brings out the best and the worst in people. A nursing friend told me that some scumbag stole a box of surgical masks from the nurses’ station in a hospital while somebody else ripped the hand sanitizer off the wall. Who are these people??
    I sent Mr. T. out shopping this morning but the supermarket was packed as President Macron announced a lockdown yesterday so panic has ensued. We have quite a lot of potatoes so we should be O.K. 😉🥔🥔🥔🥔

    • claire93 says:

      is Mr T going to be with you in France, for the duration?

      • tialys says:

        It looks like he’ll have no choice. I’m just worried about youngest daughter being alone in the U.K. – I’m hoping eldest daughter will ask her to move in with her. I’m going to suggest it this afternoon – wish me luck!

      • claire93 says:

        I’m cursing myself because I should have suggested to eldest son & girlfriend that they drive up last night, while they still had the chance, to stay with us for the duration. It’s too late for that now. We, at least, have big garden, orchard & plenty of space, plus the excuse of walking the dog for some exercise whereas they’re stuck in a tiny bedsit in Aubagne, with 2 cats.

    • katechiconi says:

      So long as you have spuds, you won’t starve. But yes, scumbags abound. I was very glad to see that Amazon had taken down the online store for a pair of American brothers who had stockpiled vast quantities of hand sanitiser, and were trying to sell it for US$70 a bottle! Bonne chance with resolving the demoiselles Tialys issue… Funny how living overseas is wonderful until suddenly, it isn’t for a complicated and unique set of reasons.

  9. cazinatutu says:

    I took my daughter and her newborn baby home on Sunday. I was so thankful to get her out of hospital (in London) as they had gone into lockdown and banned visitors – the midwife told my daughter they had “more than one” case of coronavirus on site. She’s been told not to have visitors at home, so heaven knows when her sister will get to see her new niece and we’re all going to have to rely on photos.
    As one of the vulnerable myself I’m dreading this. After a grey winter I was looking forward to getting out and about a bit more – and now this. I’m going to my son’s this weekend, they are self-isolating all week and I will drive door to door so we’re being as sensible as we can.
    Kate, I admire your sentiments. My local groups are full of people saying they want to help, but as a person potentially on the receiving end I don’t know what they could do for me.
    I do my shopping online – I went onto the website last night to book my next slot and all the slots were fully booked for the next 2 weeks.

    • katechiconi says:

      I prescribe a walk in the fresh air and sunshine somewhere nice and lonely so you’re not exposing yourself to anything or endangering anyone else. I have things to keep me interested and occupied, including chats with the neighbours carried out at a safe distance and in a sort of bellow (they’re a bit deaf!), but I can’t pick up library books, go to the post office or get my hair cut. When you think about it, that’s a small price to pay for ensuring the safety of myself, my husband and other people. As they used to say in WWII: “mustn’t grumble”. We could use a bit of that. Some people seem to be grumbling quite freely!

  10. Here in Canada we have been “Care-mongering” as much as possible…as my 86 year old (already isolated) dad says, all you can do is try to be nice to each other.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think most people are being decent, kind and compassionate. It’s the small, belligerent and greedy minority who do their best to make you lose faith in humanity’s decency. I just heard that Pa’s care home is now in lockdown. My brother has left an iPad there in the hope that they will help Pa speak to us if possible.. I wish I could do more, but my immune system is not up to scratch. Hard to recognise that I’m one of the ‘vulnerable’ ones, but I suppose it’s true.

    • Care-mongering! love it.

  11. Yes. In times of crisis I think the vast majority of us act out of mutual regard, but unfortunately far too much attention goes to those who act selfishly. This not only has amplifying effects, it also leads to despair.

    From San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, whose city is at the epicenter of the viral outbreak in the Bay Area of California: “This is our generation’s
    great test, our moment to stand tougher as a community. Amid our
    collective fears, we will find our uncommon courage.”

    • katechiconi says:

      There are those who have shown their true colours, and they are *brilliant*. I urge you to listen to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, whose COVID-19 speech is linked in Jill’s post above (Nice Piece of Work). He makes our Prime Minister and, forgive me, your President sound like bumbling, self-serving incompetents. He was calm, dignified, well informed, rational and fluent. I wish he was ours, I’d feel a lot safer…

  12. Sharon says:

    Hi Kate ~ Great positive uplifting post that reached 960 of followers of your blog 🙂 Keep encouraging us and us you 🙂 From Washington State in the US crazy unsettling times for sure but focusing on staying calm and spreading calm positive thoughts. Stay safe, keep blogging and checking in. Let’s think outside the box on how we can all make the difference and turn this around world wide. Hugs

  13. Wonderful post, and I concur with all your suggestions. I do want to give an example of how there is still kindness in this world. My husband and I are both over 60 and are thus considered elderly. A millennial friend who has a baby and a six year old got in touch and told me that if we needed anything at the store, to let her know. She would pick it up for us and then deliver it to our doorstep. I also want to mention that she has a full-time job outside the home. I was so moved by her offer! Anyway, be safe, stay well, and write. I am of the opinion that we bloggers are bearing witness to everyday life in this time of the novel coronavirus.

  14. Well said Kate! Yesterday there were several posts from small shops in this area saying that although they do not usually deliver to homes they would do their best to help if people were unable to get out. I suspect that those of us in small rural communities will fare a lot better than those in owns and cities who barely know their neighbours. And can you imagine being cooped up in a small flat with little ones? Here we can get outside and go for walks without risking meeting anyone close enough to catch something. I suspect that if things get worse my family will try to come here and sit it out which would be lovely. Meanwhile there is facebook, whats app and so on to keep in touch.

    • katechiconi says:

      At times like this, it’s instinct to want your family around you, isn’t it? My younger sister lives in France. Her elder daughter just missed the last flight into France before they locked down, and is now stuck in the UK. Luckily my brother is able to give her a family home to bolt to at need. I will still need to go out, myself, I have a large Mouse to walk and we will both go stir crazy if he’s not exercised. However, he’ll be a very efficient means of keeping other dog walkers at a distance, not because he’s fierce but because he’s timid! And my circle of WordPress friends is a great source of comfort and entertainment.

      • I too will need to go out with the dogs. This morning the roads were eerily quiet – it felt like Christmas! I think we will all be relying on our blogging friends for our sanity!

  15. Dayphoto says:

    I so agree, Kate! It’s rather bad here, shelves are empty, all businesses have closed, the streets are deserted. It’s scary. Colorado is being hit and hit hard with this panic and virus, mostly in the high mountain towns, but those people come to our small town to shop at the big box stores…so the spread has occurred.
    Well said, Kate.

    • katechiconi says:

      I just wish everyone would calm down. We won’t let each other starve, and to be honest, there are more important things to obsess about than TP… Stay safe and well.

  16. Jean M Ramirez says:

    Please give your toilet paper substitute a little thought. Only TP is designed to disolve very quickly. Think carefully about what you FLUSH or you maybe quarentined with a backed up toilet. Even the wet TP wipes can only be used singly—My neighbors have learned this the hard way. Good Luck and Good Health

    • katechiconi says:

      Thankfully, my solution doesn’t involve flushing anything down apart from what the toilet is designed to handle! Thank you for your timely concern, though – we’re hearing stories about backups caused by people attempting to use newspaper. A worthy purpose, to be sure, but not at all toilet-friendly!

  17. magpiesue says:

    I haven’t watched the S. African President’s speech yet but have to say that it doesn’t take much, in my opinion, to show the man at the head of our government up for the bumbling, self serving idiot he is. Since I have been self isolating for over a decade already my world hasn’t yet changed much. Our son who lives with us has been going into stores masked due to chemical sensitivities for a couple of years now too so hopefully he can continue to do any of the shopping we need done locally. Thank heaven for the internet! It allows us to stay connected and to receive shipments – as long as the people involved are allowed to stay healthy.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, I rather thought you’d be well ahead of the game in that respect. I hope you and yours continue safe and well. As I’m home alone 8 days out of 12 and the Husband is alone in his truck for 12 hours each day, I think we’re both at reasonably low risk. If the time comes, I shall miss my enjoyable chats with the librarian and hairdresser, my brief visits to the post office and these days, my increasingly frustrating triips to the supermarket, but I have fabric to last me till the end of time.

  18. Well said Kate! Jacinda closed our borders a few days ago and all the good folk who accused her of being an overbearing idiot are already eating their words – this thing is accelerating daily. As one of the vulnerable who mostly lives in ‘self isolation’ by choice I have hope that eventually there may come a change in consciousness and the hoarders will see what is really important. Keep spreading your thoughts around – they are good ones!

    • katechiconi says:

      Jacinda came out strong, and right, which is the most important thing. Others who now need to change their stories daily are only causing confusion and looking stupid. I do feel desperately sorry for those behind closed borders who are separated from family because the gates slammed shut too quickly to get everyone home in time. My sister is in that situation in France. She got her son home, but both her daughters are still outside the closed border…

      • I know, it holds memories of the Berlin Wall situation doesn’t it – hopefully these borders won’t be closed for as long! It is really hard for some, but there are options here for citizens to get back in providing they undergo the two week quarantine…….

      • katechiconi says:

        I hope France has the same thing in place for my nieces…

  19. cedar51 says:

    I’m in New Zealand where there are some cases but mostly from people bringing in from someplace else. At this point no widespread people-2-people. But the gov’t has started lockdown/cancellations that including incoming people air traffic except from PI, cruise ships and more recently an economic $-package for affected businesses.

    Yes there was a rush on TP and other deemed essentials but now that seemed to have slowed down. However, I don’t know because I have shopped monthly for well over a year, via Countdown online delivery. And I just did a big shop up a few days before the TP escapade occurred. Not that TP was on that shop-up as I had a small supply on hand…

    On a better note: I’ve often not gone anywhere except Wednesdays (knit/stitch at Queens Arcade, downtown Auckland) for weeks, I’m home alone AND I have plenty of arty things to keep me well occupied. For over a month, I’ve been home because of other issues which have resolved “real-time” but not quite out of my mental chatter. Now I’m going out at least daily for a walk to the hub/village…not always to get anything other than a treat from a small cafe that may suffer …

    Today is Wed and I’m off soon…I need some art supplies; a few bits of food; probably get a cake at Rampant (cafe mentioned above); a another set of double pointed needles at least 6mm or bigger and some sewing machine thread…A couple of bits of public transport which apparently are being cleaned more regularly but I have my santsiser so all should be well…

    And I’m determined to do that mending…possibly before the w/end – thanks for your great post and all the commentators replies

    • katechiconi says:

      It sounds as if your lifestyle is well-suited to a moderate and considered approach to self-isolation. As I’ve said in comments elsewhere, we’re both mostly alone during the day anyway due to lifestyle and work conditions. Doggo gets me out and taking exercise, and because of him I usually have a bottle of hand sanitiser in my bag anyway. Perhaps I should consider carrying a can of Glen-20 (germ-killing spray) too, for those much-used surfaces… I don’t thing Australians have slowed doen with the TP yet, but at some stage I suppose people will run out of space to store it. And serve them right.

      • cedar51 says:

        I had a really funny chat on messenger with a pal who basically said “don’t use public transport…” and I replied “so you expect me to walk all the way to the city (there/back) for my event”….”nope drive in and park the car” …”what car, I haven’t got one or a licence now”…”Oh, forgot you don’t have a car…”

        it would probably take me 2.1/2 hours to get there from here on the hoof (it’s approx 24 mins/car). I can do more walking just not terribly fast so may be on my city trip more like 3 hours…but it could be a challenge I guess…

      • katechiconi says:

        Bicycle? Tricycle? Scooter, motorised scooter? Roller skates? I don’t know your physical abilities, but there are other options, even if they take a while. Those of us who survive this virus may find we end up physically fitter if we have to resort to walking to avoid contact! The silly thing about people recommending using the car is that petrol stations are a hotbed of germ transmission. Who wipes down the handle of the nozzle before they pick it up?
        I’m very fortunate, in that most of the necessities of life for me are within a 15 minute walk.

      • cedar51 says:

        I have ankle/foot & balance disabilities. And severe hand/thumb/wrist disability.

        Funny you should say that…I was looking at adult tricycle this morning on line – available NZ.

        But I don’t have to go to the city – and within 15 mins walk (downhill) there is a range of food type shops that don’t involve going into the big Mall. So yep, pretty organised if I want something on the fly.

        I’m pretty fit, okay I couldn’t do a marathon but I can walk at my pace for hours if necessary.

        And I’ve bought basic pantry/freezer/staples etc with online shopping for quite a few years. But I don’t shop weekly, rather try at a monthly shop, so my kitchen looks like a retail shop at times 🙂

        BTW mended said woollen sweater this morning…will post some pictures possibly on my regular Friday post 🙂

      • katechiconi says:

        I have foot pain and numbness from chemotherapy, and a spine which is slowly crumbling and causes fairly severe back pain and prevents me from sitting or standing or walking for long. We’re all slowly disintegrating, aren’t we! We bought our current house with a view to being able to manage it comfortably when we’re older and even more decrepit, and it seems to be working well.
        I reckon you should post about the sweater mend on Mend It Monday, which seems to be the new favourite day for repairs.

      • cedar51 says:

        I’ve had my whole life to deal with my disabilities…(nearly 7 decades) but part of my hand disability was only diagnosed officially a few years ago. The hand problem is hereditary but I always had more issues than other family…

        I often forget I have these disabilities. Mainly because they are just part of me..and I don’t see them as difficulties as such. Someone will ask me if I’m vulnerable for this virus and I mention the things that link to meds and forget entirely the other things 🙂

        Mend it Monday it shall be…I may have fixed something else “better” by then…as I’ve still got a lot of the “leaves”…

  20. anne54 says:

    Wise and passionate words, Kate. We are hunkering down at home, as you know that Terry is not strong. I have been warmed by the positive support of many of our neighbours, offering support. I find that I can get overwhelmed and panicky, and have to remind myself that I have many resources, of all types to get us through this. At the moment, I want to for nothing….it is the fear of the future that overwhelms. There are many that don’t have the resources I have. And it is a great time to reach out to others.
    It sounds like you have things under control, but still, stay well. 💕

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it’s safe to say that the world will be a different place when all this is over. I trust in people to rise above whatever nasty shocks the future holds, but I confidently predict that many assumptions and habits will change! There is always *something* to fear in the future. I’m going to wait and see… Stay safe, stay well, both of you.

  21. Terri says:

    Well said Kate. This pandemic is so overwhelming that sometimes I’ve found myself glued to the TV for the latest updates. Of course that’s not the best solution because it makes me even more stressed. So I’ve turned to my crafts to keep my hands and mind busy and watch the news periodically during the day. Thankfully I have plenty of UFOs I can work on. I keep everyone in my prayers as we all come together to deal with this crisis.

    • katechiconi says:

      I find political leaders and news bulletins the most stressful things to watch. Science and health advisors may have scary news and information, but at least it’s not over-dramatic or politicised. The latest topic I’m tracking is *how* they propose to treat the victims; will it be to isolate people while they work all-out to develop a vaccine, in which case things will drag on, or will they do the harsh but pragmatic thing, and allow people to develop and potentially die from it, which will ‘burn out’ the virus more quickly and potentially save millions more lives. It poses a tricky ethical dilemma for the medics.

  22. You could be writing about the UK… it’s uncanny.
    Had a chat yesterday with my mum’s neighbours, who are making sure she’s ok. Had a chat today with our neighbour’s daughter and we’ve agreed that we’ll make sure they are ok (they are in their 90s and both their offspring – one of whom is 70 – live a long way away). Communities are pulling together, but there are always the horrible people.
    As for toilet rolls – I have loads because I always buy in bulk, but everyone I offer them to says they have enough.

    • katechiconi says:

      I actually don’t have an endless supply. 13 more rolls to hold me till sanity is restored. Which will not happen soon enough, I fear. I’m taking a leaf out of a friend’s book and going paper-free. No foreign substances down the gurgler, I hasten to add. I may even end up preferring it long term, lots of people do. We will be keeping an eye out for our next door neighbours, in their eighties. Sorry to take so long replying, but for some reason this comment was in my spam folder.

  23. Joanne S says:

    Strange days ahead. Great post! Not sure where we’re headed in the US. Our community hospitals ran out of COVID-19 test kits just after 2 days. Schools are closed, as well as many businesses. Just read where ‘spring break’ for some entitlement college students is in full swing in Florida… My 87yo mother and chemo hubby are vulnerable. We’re staying in!

    • katechiconi says:

      Ah, the young, who believe they’re invincible, invulnerable and bullet proof. How often they’re wrong… I don’t believe I was ever *that* stupid. It’s sad how often governments tread a thin line between withholding information from the public because they genuinely don’t want to cause a panic, and withholding it because we are cattle and what we don’t know won’t hurt us.

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