Living with the pandemic has sent my anxiety into overdrive and with autism, I still have my struggle days. It’s difficult, because for every reason you tell yourself you can do something, you’ve already given yourself ten reasons why you can’t.
With a normal thinking brain, issues are slightly easier to navigate. In Covid-19, a normal thinking brain will say let’s get on with it, it’s here, an autistic brain will struggle to comprehend or move forward, until it feels right.
It is even more irritating, because as I watch on I am completely helpless. As the UK government are bringing the measures put in place to an end, for those like me who are still high risk, it is clear we will struggle without precautionary measures in place.
Since the beginning of Covid-19, I have struggled to make sense of the PM’s logic. I would be continuing to be more cautious for the foreseeable future, to ask the public to continue to wear masks and social distance where necessary.
The Delta variant of the virus is accepted to be out of control here in the UK, and the government knows this dramatic change of policy is a huge gamble, which may or may not pay off, but still they press ahead.
Scotland are using the next month to monitor any data with some of the measures still in place and given the enormity of the pandemic, it is the right thing to do. In England, without any measures, we will now watch those Covid-19 cases rise.
Professor of psychology, Stephen Reicher at University of St Andrews said yesterday he prays his advice that the decision to lift lock-down measures in the UK is wrong, because of the probability this will directly lead to a rapid and uncontrolled escalation in infections, serious illness and hospital admissions.
Once again, the UK government’s decision to press ahead and open up the UK, is another huge gamble based on politics, not on science.