What is it, that some people are having difficulty understanding?
That’s me banging my head against the wall , just in case you are wondering.
Ok so it’s the 10th of April 2020, yes we are still in April. I don’t know what day of the week it is anymore, at this stage it could be June or even September. But even after only 10 days into April, it feels like April has been around for years.
So today Leo Varadkar announced that the current lockdown will be staying in place for another 3 weeks. And to be honest I wasn’t all that surprised that this decision was made. I mean, after all, some people are still not understanding that they need to do their bit in helping this nation overcome this national emergency.
So let’s take a step back together.
February 29th, 2020 the first case of COVID 19 was confirmed in Ireland
March 12th, 2020, Schools Colleges Crèches were to be closed
March 15th, 2020, all pubs and clubs are to close
March 18th, 2020, Financial assistance is announced
March 24th, 2020, The current restrictions put in place
April 10th, 2020, measures have been extended until May
So there is our little brief history lesson on what has happened so far. But for some people, they just don’t get it. They can't understand why they need to stay at home. They cant get their head around why they can't go out and about. Or why they can't call and see family. Are they FUCKING THICK???
I’m sorry but I can't believe that nearly 2 months after this started here in Ireland some people still don’t get it. Yesterday people near me gathered. 15 of them to celebrate a special occasion. All out on the street and I can say they were not keeping a proper distance. If one of those 15 people had the virus and didn’t realise, that virus will spread like mad on my doorstep. I just saw it all unfold with my mouth wide open in amazement. I have seen groups of teenagers still hanging around together and all these reports of people being stopped as they are miles outside of their 2km limit.
Reading messages on Social Media the number of people complaining of waiting to get into Supermarkets, (don’t get me started on that one again). I read a comment that someone was disgusted that their local supermarket had put a one-way system in place and she was made to walk down aisles that she didn’t want to and was unable to just skip queues. I’m just at a loss for words with that one.
Now people are complaining that cars from the UK and Europe are coming into the country and making the risk of making matters worse extremely high, and yes they have a point. But let's take a look closer to home on this. If your neighbor or yourself is breaking the rules then you have no valid argument on others breaking the rules.
I also read today that some people think that COVID-19 is a Screen made by the Irish Government all to stop people protesting on the street that Sinn Fein is not in power. I mean come on now, get a grip and catch yourself on. Seriously hundreds of people dying in our country are made up so we don’t protest. (I’m rolling my eyes at you right now).
What every single person needs to realise is that this virus doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care if you’re male or female, gay or straight, young or old. It doesn’t care about the color of your skin. It couldn’t give a rats ass about your religion. All it cares about is spreading. And by some selfish people who think they are too good to abide by the rules or they’re too tough, just remember it can get you too.
We need to make sure we are staying inside. Yes, it is hard. We are away from loved ones, we may be pulling our hair out having to spend every minute of the day entertaining our children. We may be having to work from home and try to keep our families going at the same time. But these are small sacrifices in the grand scheme of things. Just imagine a loved one gets this and heaven forbid they die from it. Imagine not being able to say goodbye, not being able to give them a proper send-off. Think they may have caught the virus because you didn’t stay away. Or your neighbor felt it was ok to throw a gathering and the virus just spread.
What would you say to the person who was responsible for passing this virus to your loved one? Well just remember you could be that person spreading it to other people.
I’m no longer acting like I need to stay inside to protect myself. My attitude is “act like you have it and stay away to protect others” Maybe if everyone finally got on the same level and start acting with a bit of cop on then this restriction may lift in May. But until everyone gets the message and stays inside, expect another extension on this lockdown.