Greetings. I hope everybody’s doing fine during this hard time. I’m of course using this time to work on some important things such as writing films and uni work. For those of you who don’t know, I’m studying Creative Writing at a Master’s level at a local university. I studied a film-making course in Northampton and took a four-year hiatus in-between the two courses. I felt that this would be the right time to post this message and sort of warning.
As we all know, due to the CoronaVirus, we’ve had a massive lockdown, which means that we can’t go to social events and that we’ve been forced to stay home. Need I have to remind people of the exceptions. I make no secret that I’m having an extremely sucky time.
However, I’ve been keeping up to date with the latest statistics through The Guardian and so forth. Today’s death toll in the UK stands at 2,921 as is explained through the following link (https://covid19uk.live/?fbclid=IwAR0K7yFG-Qh3JZo1UEp6WPm4ps-bz3EyTx2_8R5iVLj8Gil9dfYr_h6tf5I). This figure is higher compared to yesterday’s which was that minus 569. It’s been constantly rising day by day and other countries i.e. Italy and the USA are in no better condition.
My point is that I feel that a lot of people are not considering the consequences and defying the guidelines. To me, it feels that people are just trying it on. It seems that they’re like “oh it’s just some stupid virus. Let’s just get wasted!” And I’m like “Hello? Have you not seen what’s happening?”. You’re not doing the public any favours.
Of course, I myself am not enjoying this lockdown one bit. I don’t particularly like having to rely on social media for chats. Call me traditional if you like, but it’s not the same as meeting people and talking to them face to face. My 30th birthday is coming up and it’s bad enough that a very special friend of mine is back in China, meaning that we can only talk through phone/social media. It’s also bad enough that I’m having to constantly shift my birthday celebration to a later date.
I’m aware that I’m not the only one who’s hating the situation. Others are too. These include those with mental health issues. Quite frankly, I can’t blame them. I don’t suffer from mental health issues myself. Those who assume that all people with autism/Asperger’s syndrome suffer from mental health problems obviously need to do their research and understand that they’re both different things. Having said that, I feel that the longer this lockdown lasts, the higher the chance that I may develop such issues and I can’t even book an appointment to see a damn psychiatrist, because of the guidelines.
I make no secret that I don’t support Boris Johnson or his fellow Tory members. Frankly, I wish they’d hurry up and help the NHS, so that the timeline for the lockdown will decrease. However, I’m hearing that Brexit is to be delayed until the crisis ends. I hope that’ll be the case. Personally, I’d like Boris to have a change of heart about the situation since many of us never support Brexit in the first place.
But the point is, at least I’m trying to go through the social-distancing process. At least I’m making an effort to follow the guidelines. None of us want this lockdown to be increased. I’m sure we’d all want to regain our freedom by the time the summer begins. But how can we when people are still defying the rules and as a result, more deaths are occurring? So please, I beg you, for your own goods, if we can stick to those rules like I’m doing (reluctantly) right now, we may have a chance of this lockdown lasting less time.