Covid-19 has become more divisive, and I am at home. On the odd occasion I go out, I mask up and social distance to keep myself safe.
Recent newspaper articles say vulnerable people feel they’ve been ‘thrown to the wolves’ with our worlds getting considerably smaller, as all social distancing measures in England are due to be lifted from the 19th July.
Whilst the UK government unveil a relaxing of Covid rules for the rest of the country, they have stopped short at telling the 3.8 million clinically vulnerable people in England, to shield but warned them to take extra measures “when Covid-19 disease levels in the general community are high.”
Telling the country, you recommend or expect people to wear masks in crowded places can’t work. If you tell people to do something and you make it mandatory, they will do it, but if you leave something open, it is human nature they will choose to do what’s easiest, and not what is expected.
So, vulnerable and clinically vulnerable people have been told to avoid anyone unvaccinated and meet people outside from the 19th July, as a precautionary measure, as Covid cases continue to surge across the country.
The government are making it impossible for people like myself to get back into our lives. I am immunocompromised because I have cerebral palsy. We’re seeing cases of people being double jabbed and catching Covid-19. Lifting all restrictions will jeopardise my/our ability to stay safe, whether we are jabbed or not.
Like many, I am struggling to get my head around the UK’s government’s mixed messaging, about the unlocking restrictions in England.
The reality is that being double jabbed doesn’t mean you can’t catch Covid-19 and if masks in England were mandatory, we would remain safe. It is the physical barrier of wearing a protective covering that will keep us safe.
It is time for the government to reconsider. If they don’t, from the 19th July when all restrictions are to be lifted, the UK will continue to see cases sore. Scotland have now made masks mandatory. That is the right decision.
Covid-19 will never go away whilst we’re allowing it to gain momentum. No matter what the UK government say there are things we can do to limit its effects, by making better choices for ourselves and by wearing masks.
If we were we would start to limit the virus impact on our lives. We’re not working in our best interests here, therefore it is here to stay.