CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 3 – Diary of a Self-Isolator
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CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 3 – Wednesday 18th March 2020 – Diary of a Self-Social-Isolator “THE ISOLTOR”
I’m working on getting my Diary of a Self-Social-Isolator up to date today. By the end of today I hope to have posted: Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5
Boris has taken the 5 o’clock slot on TV to address the nation everyday about Coronavirus. It’s a bit like a late afternoon “One Show” or “This Morning” but without Matt Baker, Philip Schofield or Holly Willoughby. Boris is flanked either side with people like the Chief Medical Officer and someone else. But the show is a low budget job. There is no budget for a couch. The presenters have to stand. And there is no budget for celebrity guests.
To keep viewing figures high Boris makes a major unexpected never heard before announcement that shocks the country. Everyone tunes in to hear what it is.
Today’s announcement, to gasps from the whole nation was:
- Schools, Colleges, Universities close from 3.30pm Friday – FOREVER! Or until the Coronavirus Pandemic is over whichever is sooner.
- All exams, GCSE and ‘A’ Levels have been cancelled this year
Boris knows how to work an audience. Start low, gradually build the severity and excitement making each day’s announcement more shocking and far reaching than the day before, until at the end you have worked them into a frenzy.
Monday – It was People over 70 to Self-Isolate. Tuesday- Everyone to work from home and Church Services, Large Gatherings and Glastonbury Cancelled. Wednesday – Schools to close, Exams cancelled English football cancelled until April.
Where will it end? I think after all these announcements the only thing that could top it all is Boris declaring he is gay.
What did I do on my third day of isolation?
I am involved in a couple of community things and ended up spending my day dealing with them.
Decisions needed to be made about the local Village Hall. Numbers needed to be looked at. My speciality is looking at numbers. That’s all I do just stare at the numbers. How does that help anyone I hear you say? I’ve no idea but it passes the time when in self-isolation.
I am also editor of the Parish News. I spent Wednesday getting the April edition out to subscribers. My bit towards the Coronavirus Pandemic. Giving folk something to read and amuse them whilst they are self-isolating.
I put up my feet, tired out but totally satisfied at my day’s work in helping the community. The telephone rang. It was the vicar. He said I’d distributed the Parish News too early. He had a letter about the Coronavirus outbreak to go out to everyone in it. He asked me to collect them all back in and redistribute with the letter.
The lesson I learned on Day 3 therefore was “In the Coronavirus Pandemic Do Not Distribute Parish News Too Early”.
To help you here are 50 More Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
50 Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic
1 First of All, Don’t Panic!
2 Then Again, Don’t Think You’re Immune
3 We’ll Start With the Obvious: Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands
4 Don’t Touch Your Face
5 Don’t Wash Your Hands for Less Than 20 Seconds
6 Don’t forget, always Wash Your Hands With Soap
7 Don’t Sneeze or Cough Openly
8 Don’t Touch Door Handles (If You Can Help It) or public handrails
9 Don’t forget to Adhere to Social Distancing Recommendations
10 Don’t Attend Large Gatherings
11 Don’t Go to Restaurants and Bars
12 Don’t Shake Hands
13 Don’t Hoard Face Masks
14 Don’t Hoard Food
15 Don’t Go to an ER Unless You’re Seriously
16 Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol
17 Don’t Sleep Less
18 Don’t Let Anxiety Take Over
19 Don’t Forget to Check in With Others
20 Don’t Stop Exercising
21 Don’t Eat Poorly
22 Don’t Share Bogus Information – (Like I’m doing with this post)
23 Don’t Totally Avoid Nature
24 Don’t Forgrt: Self-Quarantine If You Suspect You’ve Been Exposed
25 Don’t forget to Self-Isolate If You Suspect You’ve Been Infected
26 Don’t Touch Shopping Trolleys
27 Don’t Touch Elevator Buttons
28 Don’t Stock Up on Simple Carbs
29 Don’t ignore the Advice to Disinfect Your Cell Phone
30 Don’t Feel Helpless to Help Others
31 Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hand Towels
32 Don’t Use Hand Sanitizer That’s Less Than 60% Alcohol
33 Don’t Skip a Vitamin D Supplement
34 Don’t Skip the Flu jab
35 Don’t Let Your Blood Pressure Rise
36 Don’t Skip the Veggies
37 Don’t Handle Cash (If You Can Help It)
38 Don’t Touch a Public Screen Or Keypad (Without Washing Your Hands)
39 Don’t Go to Religious Services (There aren’t any anyway)
40 Don’t Use a Community Pen (I think the list writer is starting to scrape the barrel here)
41 Don’t Blame Others (He she definitely is scraping it)
42 Don’t Have Elective Health Procedures
43 Don’t Take a Cruise
44 Don’t Take Children to Playgrounds
45 Don’t Go Out When You’re Sick
46 Don’t fail to Disinfect “High-Touch” Surfaces
47 Don’t Pay £96.14 For a Bottle of Hand Sanitizer or £2,741.31 for a single sheet of toilet paper
48 Don’t Close-Talk
49 Don’t Visit the Grandparents (or Your Grandkids) In Person
50 Don’t Read Stupid Lists Like This One
…and one great big bonus one:
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Laugh every day.
Happiness is…looking (staring) at numbers
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
We’ll we’ll we’ll…if it isn’t autocorrect
Love is… being his calendar girl for every month of the year
©2020 Phil M Robinson