CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 114 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 14.7.2020 BLOG 16th Jul 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 114 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Tuesday 14th July 2020

A melting pot of snippets today, mainly Corvid-19 based.

  1. Masks to become mandatory in shops from 24 July

Masks will become mandatory in shops from 24 July, with a fine of up to £100 for those who refuse to comply. The announcement from Health Secretary Matt Hancock comes amid confusion about the government’s position, with Michael Gove suggesting on Sunday that people should just use their “common sense”. Labour said ministers’ response had been “slow and muddled”.

  1. Second wave ‘could kill up to 120,000 Britons’

Britain must start “intense preparations” for a second wave of coronavirus that has the potential to kill as many as 120,000 people, according to health chiefs at the Academy of Medical Sciences. The experts warned that a resurgence of cases this winter could overwhelm the NHS. “The risk of this happening could be reduced if we take action immediately,” said Stephen Holgate, professor of immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton.

  1. Lockdown has made many families happier. Lockdown has put a strain on a lot of families, but according to a new study, a quarter of parents say their relationship with their children has improved in the past three months – and less than 5% say it has got worse. Previous studies from the Understanding Society Covid-19 Survey found that women have taken on a disproportionate amount of the childcare burden during lockdown. But slightly more women than men said they were getting on better with their children. MSN


  1. Covid-19 spreads fastest at 4ºC. Covid-19 spreads fastest at 4ºC, government scientists have concluded, fuelling fears of a winter resurgence. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies studied the precise temperature as Melbourne, which is currently in its coldest month, re-entered a six-week lockdown due to a steep spike in cases. Average temperatures in Britain during January and February have fluctuated between 3º and 5ºC in three of the last six winters. The Telegraph.


  1. How llama blood could save seriously ill Covid patients

Antibodies taken from the blood of llamas can be engineered to target the Covid-19 coronavirus to create a treatment that could save countless lives, new research suggests.


Scientists led by a team from Oxford University have tested the virus-fighting potential of antibodies from Fifi, a llama living in Reading, in laboratory trials.

Transfusions of antibody-rich blood plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients are already being trialled in hospitals across the UK, “but the new findings herald the prospect of a more potent and easily available treatment”, The Telegraph reports.

Llamas, camels and alpacas “naturally produce quantities of small antibodies with a simple structure, meaning they can be turned into nanobodies”, the newspaper explains. The researchers found that these nanobodies bind tightly to the spike protein of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, which blocks and prevents the viral invader from entering human cells.

The team behind the study – outlined in a newly published paper in the journal Nature – hope that “llama-derived nanobodies could eventually be developed as a treatment for humans struck down with a severe case of Covid-19”, says the Daily Mail.

However, the research is still in a very early stage, with “academics at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Oxford University condensing a process which would normally take almost a year into just 12 weeks”, the newspaper adds.

Study leader James Naismith, a professor of structural biology and director of the institute, said that the “nanobodies have the potential to be used in a similar way to convalescent serum, effectively stopping progression of the virus in patients who are ill”.


6              Only a year after he signed over a quarter of his fortune to his wife, the Amazon founder is richer than ever. Jeff Bezos’s net worth was estimated at $171.6bn last week, more than the GDP of Hungary or Algeria. Daily Mail


7              Madonna and Kylie Minogue are the only female artists to claim a UK Number 1 album across four consecutive decades (80s, 90s, 00s, 10s).


8              Mark Manson ( is a top best selling author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life”. The description to his book is: #1 New York Times Bestseller. Over 6 million copies sold. In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

I am on his mailing list for his weekly email. The following is an extract from this week’s.


“First of all, congratulations to everyone, we’re probably 25-35% of the way through the pandemic. Hopefully by this time next summer, we’ll all be stuffed into crowded, highly air-conditioned rooms, indiscriminately making out and freely sneezing into each other’s faces.

“One thing I’ve learned about myself the past four months is that during this period, my day-to-day wellbeing is pretty proportional to the presence of the goals or tasks I’m pursuing. Some of these goals are professional, some are personal. Some are big, some are small. Early on in quarantine, I gave myself a daily push-up challenge. I knocked that out in about six weeks. Then, I had a major writing project to get through (it will likely come out next year, stay tuned!). I finished that a couple weeks ago.

“What I’ve noticed is that as long as I’ve got some goal for myself — no matter how made-up or arbitrary — it makes the chaos and insanity of the outside world that much easier to deal with emotionally. A month ago, I wrote about asking yourself how you could make this year the best thing that ever happened to you. I see these arbitrary challenges as a way to slowly build up a year that I can look back on and be proud of.”

9.       The daily briefings have ended but the following video is a quick roundup of the “best” bits. The first one with M/s Patel is my most favourite of the whole pandemic.

10.    Another interesting video.

Coronavirus: ‘Lego helped me get out of bed’.

A woman who was furloughed from her job said Lego helped her to get out of bed.

Charlotte Tyrer, 25, was working as an events sales executive for a hotel in Nottingham. But she was placed on furlough because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fine art graduate has created more than a dozen portraits of celebrities. They include Billie Eilish and Joe Exotic, using thousands of Lego bricks.

A video she shared of her David Bowie has been viewed more than 80,000 times.

“It’s given me a reason to get up in the morning and get started and get creative,” Charlotte, from Wollaton in Nottingham, said.


I had to collect my specs from the opticians at Nottingham. They had had new lens fitted. It was an early start for 9.30am. The journey in though was brilliant, just very little traffic at all.

On the way back we called into the Giltbrook, IKEA out of time shopping centre to visit Next. I wanted some of their basic standard T shirts with the stag motif. They were out of stock online. As they were in the shop too.

That was my first experience of Coronavirus shopping. One way round the shop and all that. But we didn’t buy. There were plenty of cars in the carpark and plenty of shoppers. There was a huge queue waiting to get in to IKEA.

In the evening we watched the truly relaxing Our Yorkshire Farm with Amanda and Clive Owen, and their nine children.

The 2,000 acre farm, Ravenseat is located around three-and-a-half miles West of the village of Keld in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, which is around an hour’s walk or a fifteen to twenty minute drive.

Ravenseat is situated at exactly the halfway point of the famous Coast to Coast walk.

I have stayed on the farm that is the neighbour to Ravenseat, but being a neighbour in Swaledale means you can live miles away from one another.





If you don’t like the road, you’re walking start paving another one. – Dolly Parton


Happiness is…wearing a face mask in shops.


“I had a dream last night that I was cutting carrots with the Grim Reaper – dicing with death.” – Tim Vine


Love is…when it’s just great being together.

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to wear a face mask…A time to give the face mask a miss.
  2. A time to be happy in lockdown…A time to feel miserable in lockdown.
  3. A time to have to try and survive at a 4ºC…A time to enjoy 24ºC
  4. A time to set goals…A time to glory in achieving goals
  5. A time to buy a T Shirt from Next…A time to give buying a T shirt from Next a miss because their stocks are too low.


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