Life in Lockdown - Day 2

It’s a new century and a new millenium that has presented humanity with unprecedented growth and opportunity. In the midst of this wonder, we seem to have forgotten that with growth comes greater threats. Now, twenty years in to the new millenium, and there’s an enemy that we weren’t prepared for knocking at the door. The UK, like most modern countries, has taken the only option remaining after decades of failing to keep our infrastructure strong and adaptable for the future.

On the evening of Monday, March 23, 2020, a full country quarrantine, with home lockdown, was announced by prime minister Borris Johnson of the United Kingdom in an attempt to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow the rate of spread of CoViD-19.

Now it’s up to us to do our part while trying to stay sane as we do. This is not a story, this is real life.

It’s Wednesday. Day 2 of the forced national quarrantine.

We’re not yet as bad off as some countries. By that, I mean the government still allows us to go for one walk per day. In Italy they’re not allowed out of the house.

I take my walk between 7:30-8 in the morning. It’s cool and quiet with just enough movement around to feel peaceful without the silence being oppressive. Sometimes my daughter joins me, sometimes she doesn’t.

Today, I spend some of the day cleaning door knobs and positioning the doorway for my wife or others coming in. So, I positioned a small table by the door with latex gloves and face masks on it and a small bin below. All coats were removed, leaving space for only my wife’s, as she’s the one going in and out more often.

The most eventful thing of the day was when a builder for the bathroom came by to take measurements for our new build, whenever it happens. He was cool with putting on gloves and wearing a mask and we were careful to stay at distance.

This New Threat

It’s amazing how quickly thoughts turn dark and habits gain paranoia once we lose our freedom. It’s only the second day of quarrentine but already our household routine has changed – cleaning more regularly (almost daily) and keeping our distance from each other. In fairness, I suppose there was over a month of build-up to this.

Nevertheless.

Those of your who know me, know my wife is a doctor. Last night she came home from work more anxious and, I might even say frightened, than I’ve seen her in a long time. The entire National Health Service is currently restructuring to meet the CoViD-19 threat and although she’s a specialist consultant, she’s still being trained to enter the frontlines should the need arise.

She explained a bit more about the virus and the issues surrounding it to me.

It’s already clear that this is a highly infectious virus. From the data, the infectivity is about 35%. There are many mild cases where the patients will recover. If the infected person doesn’t recover by the end of 5-7 days, they will take a turn for the worse. At that point, the window to help them is very short.

At this stage there are several things that are attempted and doctors know within 1 hour of begining each whether they will be effective. Patients reaching this stage will still require a machine to aid their breathing for most of the next week even if they do respond well. However, the machine doesn’t work well for overweight people, which is half of the population of all western countries.

As I listened to her stress over and over just how fast decisions are made in these scenarios, I couldn’t help but think of a battlefield hospital.

Some have likened this to an situation unprecedented since WWII and that may be a more accurate comparison than most care to believe.

How does this end?

Given the options, I agree with the government’s decision to lock the population down. But I can’t help feeling uneasy. I can’t see how this can end. At least until we have a reliable treatment (estimated 12-18 months away!).

It takes only 1 case to eventually spread the virus to the entire country. How can we reasonably lift the quarrantine until we have evidence that there are no cases remaining. In a country of 66 million people, how is that possible?

Summer may give us some respite, because the virus doesnt’ like warm temperatures outside of the body, but what happens when autumn and winter return? And what if we don’t develop immunity from infection?

The only conclusion I can come to at this moment is that this is a long term situation and we will need to get used to this new world. At least for the next year or so.

What do you think?

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