There was much surprise (and joy) that the Irish Government has gone much further than had been anticipated in easing the Covid-19 restrictions. From June 8, 2020, we can now travel much further, meet up with a small number of others outside, or even in our homes. Many shops, playgrounds, services will reopen.
As the numbers of COVID -19 deaths and new infections has continued to drop, the discourse in recent weeks has been divisive – younger people wondering why they should be socially restricted in order to ‘save’ older people; daily debates about whether health is more important than the economy – a general clamour to return to ‘normality’.
Those who stuck by the guidelines often paid a huge price. They missed the dying hours of loved ones; they missed funerals, even in the most tragic circumstances. Last week the funeral of a 5 year old who drowned took place in accordance with Government guidelines with only a small number of family members present. These, sometimes very cruel guidelines, will without doubt leave an indelible mark on families up and down the country.
We, together, all of us, have done a good job in suppressing the virus. The excruciating numbers of dead and new infections have tapered into single figures with no deaths at all on some days, and a consistently low number of new infections. The advice of medical experts has worked. The sacrifices of many who followed the tough guidelines has worked. Some however, have paid a great price as they have lost jobs, lost their businesses, businesses that will never open their doors again, lost the childcare that enabled them to go to work, lost the essential supports for special needs children and those who need care in the home. So much loss.
We are extraordinarily grateful to everyone, man woman and child, who has played a part in getting us here.
Those of us inside the dreadful ‘cocoon’ may now emerge in a meaningful way. The 2 metre physical distancing remains in place and wearing face covering is recommended, including for a ‘small number’ of visitors to our homes. (It has yet to be determined how to enjoy coffee and cake while having full face covering.)
I will be claiming my two metres for the foreseeable future and venturing out only for exercise and to marvel at beautiful crowd-free places.
No other human being has crossed my threshold for 91 days now. Personal responsibility will be the order of the day. I have no plans to let my 91 days inside this ‘cocoon’ go to waste.
Here in Ireland, everyone who is compromised by health issues and those aged over 70 must stay at home during the Covid-19 Pandemic with food and medication being delivered by family members or teams of volunteers. This is called ‘Cocooning’ and this is a series posts from inside the cocoon.
STAY SAFE. STAY LOCAL.
5 responses to “From inside the Cocoon: Emerging”
Pleased you’re free(er) Angela. Indeed it’s the older generation who have led the way in compliance with the regulations. Many of the younger set ‘get it’ too, but also, many have taken the view that they’ll do as they please and anyway there won’t be consequences. A result of our modern approach to discipline I think.
It’s hard in the young ones .We older people have a vested interest I suppose, but here the majority of them stayed home too. Anyhow we are here now and the infection rate keeps falling. I am not venturing very far, but it does make a difference knowing that you can wander! Hope you are staying safe out on that rock! Only islanders allowed on to our islands yet.
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Thank you, Chris
Loved your comparison with the moths and their cocoons..it’s not been easy, for so many of us, but we will soon be back, safe and healthy, thanks to our long isolation.
Thanks Chris. I think I will tarry a while yet, just to be sure it’s safe!
We are doing the same… doesn’t hurt to be cautious.