This past week an 83 year-old woman from Barnsley has made the rounds of the TV studios after she said she had no intention of following the latest set of Covid restrictions.I saw her in one inerview where she protested her concern for all the other people who are dying from other conditions.
How stupid can you get? Does she, and people like her, not realise that every Covid patient in hospital is taking a resource that would otherwise be used by a patient on the waiting list for an operation or diagnostic procedure. At the time of writing there were almost 8,000 people being treated for Covid in hospitals in the UK. That may not mean that as many as that have had operations or procedures postponed, but it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that the doctors, nurses, other staff and equipment treating Covid patients are not available for their routine jobs.
By flouting the restrictions you are increasing the likelihood of the virus spreading in your area. Many of those who get it will not suffer. Some will, a few will end up in hospital. When they do, someone waiting for a hip operation, cancer diagnosis or a pacemaker will have to wait days longer. Their pain and anxiety will continue. It will far exceed the discomfort and inconvenience you are experiencing having to stay home.
I’m sharing below the thoughts of Irish author and blogger Max Power on the limits of community spirit.