Yep, again. You may recall that I finally got back to work again last September after more than a year and a half of my business being totally shut down, and without any government support. In spite of being quite desperate for some income I was waiting until I got my second jab before facing the travelling public at close quarters. And things were starting to pick up when omicron hit early December and I made the difficult decision to shut down again December-January because, well, same deal. It just wasn’t worth the risk.
Since then travel has become “easier”, meaning that Covid prevention measures are mostly removed everywhere now. And so of course Covid B5 and other variants are running rampant, not to mention monkeypox. During the first two years of the pandemic I didn’t know anyone personally who had contracted Covid. Not here, not globally. But since about 1-2 months ago suddenly EVERYONE is catching it, and not a week goes by without a few friends getting sick. Including my flat mate Peter in mid-May. Talk about close to home!
And now with EVERYONE going on summer holiday, mostly not taking any precautions, and certainly not getting tested, I’ve decided to shut down again for the rest of the summer, just like I did last winter. No, I cannot afford to do this, but I also refuse to risk my health, my life, all because people can’t be bothered to care about other people.
This week I have two tapas tours with people who booked ages ago, so I will honour those. But after that… looks like I’ll be off work and staycationing at home until September.
Extremely wise move. If you follow this situation as obsessively as I do, you know that the current B.A.5 variant is proving to be as contagious as measles — one contagious person on average seems to be infecting ~18 people. No “official” count anywhere is providing real numbers and here in the States, the public health agencies appear to be deliberately obfuscating the information — showing a pretty green transmission map for public decision making about what and where is safe, and a screaming red one “for medical professionals”. WTF.
So I’m still buttoned down in my house seeing no one, and no, I’m not by any stretch of the imagination okay at this point, but it’s the only sane thing to do. I’ve just bought a reusable GVX p100 respirator — purportedly, if it fits, it’s 100% particle filtration — and at thirty dollars with replacement filters it’s less than a box of the kn95s that I used until around March before switching to n95s. It is sure to fit either me or the Engineer, and once we gauge the fit we’ll know what style and size ought to fit the other of us. You just have to keep upgrading to stay ahead of this thing because, yup, PEOPLE WON’T CARE ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE. And also, they’re being lied to, by omission if not outright. No one is connecting the dots between “staff shortages,” empty grocery shelves and the like, and zillions of people getting fucking Covid, some of whom will die or remain sick for months and years. I don’t know what it’s going to take to wake people up.
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They just don’t care. So many are driven by convenience and selfishness… no sense of civic responsibility, only braying on about their RIGHTS as if they were handed out at birth. And yes, people are being lied to, but the majority want to believe the lies because then they won’t be inconvenienced. You and I are also being lied to… are we behaving like selfish assholes? Nope. And yes, it’s crazy they aren’t seeing the connection between cancelled holiday flights and STAFF SHORTAGE DUE TO COVID. I think if something irks the most right now is that people are still fucking going ON HOLIDAY like we are not still in the throws of a pandemic. The only people who feel they NEED a holiday are privileged wankers.
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