CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 30 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 14.4.2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 30 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 14.4.2020 BLOG 16th April 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 30 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 14Th April 2020

Day 30 of “Self-Isolation” that means we’ve been doing it for a whole month!

The main reports were that the figures for deaths over the last week have been understated by 15%. And Care homes and staff need more help from the government.

Coronavirus distancing is expected to be extended for another three weeks and may need to continue until 2022, say experts

Physical distancing measures may need to be in place intermittently until 2022, scientists have warned in an analysis that suggests there could be resurgences of Covid-19 for years to come.

The paper, published in the journal Science, concludes that a one-time lockdown will not be sufficient to bring the pandemic under control and that secondary peaks could be larger than the current one without continued restrictions.

Papers released by the government’s scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) in March suggested that the UK would need to alternate between periods of more and less strict physical distancing measures for a year to have a plausible chance of keeping the number of critical care cases within capacity.


Day 30 was a funny old day. I did not find it satisfying and I don’t feel I achieved a lot.

  • The weather was cold as we sat on the patio for morning coffee but a bit warmer in the afternoon
  • I posted Coronabobs Times No.5 to our four grandchildren
  • Two of our grandchildren and their mum and dad came to the front wall to see us – I still find that weird
  • Covid-19 has forced us into learning new skills. Five weeks ago, me nor Mamma hadn’t a clue about video-linking or video conferencing. Today, Mamma quite confidently joined a video conference involving her Church Group. This week they hosted a social evening. I quite envied the fun and laughter she enjoyed as they played a sort of “Would I Lie To You” game. They had to quote three stories about themselves. Two of which were true, one a lie. Mamma was in hysterical laughter. It did her so much good.
  • Our granddaughter is so much her Mamma’s granddaughter. She is going to move into a bigger bedroom and enjoyed her day using her interior design skills to plan how she wanted it to look. And unbeknown to Mamma and our granddaughter they were both sorting out their summer wardrobes. Spooky.
  • Our grandson was missing cuddles from his Mamma.
  • Another of our grandsons throws himself 100% into Joe Wicks PE work out. Not with the exercises but into the dressing up part. Yesterday he dressed up as an angel today as Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. But that is as far as he goes.
  • Did some typing work over the WhatsApp video link with one grandson. Very awkward to do to balance phone and type and talk so invested in a phone tripod from Amazon.
  • Run out of USB access points so ordered a multipoint extender,
  • All this extra IT expense all due to Coronabobs.
  • Brilliant watching nature unfold from my study window:
    • 1 Beautiful pink cherry blossom all out on back garden
    • 2 Tree leaves unfurling brand new shiny green leaves
    • 3 Blackbirds singing at top of their voice (do birds have voices?) and collecting stuff to make their nest and gorging on fat worms
    • 4 Robins come bob, bob, bobbing along
    • 5 The dawn chorus – as good as any concert except a Tina Turner one or Rod Stewart
    • 6 Why do the magpies, lots and lots of them look so menacing as if they are practicing for a re-enactment of a scene from Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’.
    • 7 Coo, you should see the pigeons – to quote them sitting in the trees
    • 8 Lots of rabbits in the field at the back of us. It must be Easter. Have they really been in our garden or has Mamma dropped a box of chocolate covered raisins?
    • 9 The family of tits nip out from their nesting box home affixed to our neighbour’s shed side for their allowable daily exercise. They are very careful to follow the two-metre distancing


I do not need to say that Covid-19 is horrendous, we all know that. We know of one person close to us that has it and someone we know through someone and of course Boris. The thing we’ve noticed is Covid-19 hangs on in there for what seems like an indefinite period. It shows no signs of going away with a reluctance to clear up and leave causing terrible suffering. If you believe please pray for all who are suffering from it. If you don’t believe still pray, it can’t do any harm. Whatever your beliefs flood the world with hope and positive thinking. The power of togetherness and video links and the virtual world will get us through this.

We had our first online supermarket delivery today, since being in self-isolation. The delivery was from Tesco-Online and was excellent and very efficient. Delivered within five minutes of our earliest allocated time! Supermarkets are obviously well stocked again. Of a 40+ item order, only three items were not available: one I can’t even remember, so could not have been important. A pack of Snickers bars. You can understand those being in big demand in these stressful times. And the final item was sardines.


Mamma has always tried to convince me that I am the only person in the world whose favourite food is sardines. But put us in lock down situation and after toilet rolls what do people stockpile due to their fear of there being a shortage: SARDINES! I rest my case.





When it rains, look for rainbows When it’s dark, look for stars.


Happiness is…a meal of tasty sardines


A perfectionist walked into a bar…apparently, the bar wasn’t set high enough.


Love is…the perfect answer to stress



DAY 10       16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 1431 Feet




  1. We Are The Champions Queen 3:01




           Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths                  Total Pop.

1              US                          639,664                 30,985                   329m

2              Italy                      165,155                 21,645                   60m

3              Spain                     180,659                 18,812                   47m

4              France                   103,573                 15,729                   65m

5              UK                         99,489                   12,894                   68m

6              Iran                       76,389                   4,777                      84m

7              Belgium                33,573                   4,440                      12m

8              Germany              134,753                 3,804                      84m

9              China                    82,340                   3,342                      1,434m

10           Netherlands         28,316                   3,145                      17m


UK Daily deaths 761


Global cases         Updated 16 Apr at 09:16 local

Confirmed            2,071,710              +62,966

Deaths                   137,078                 +6,365

Recovered             512,252                 +25,630

World Population: 7,795 m or 7.8 bn


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