Surviving Coronavirus- But Living A Nightmare


Jennifer Duddy is telling it as it is for no one should wish to get COVID-19, but there are people out there who do not appear concerned if they do, or feel they have no chance of catching it.

These people are totally irresponsible for they could well be the cause of the various COVID-19 outbreaks occurring throughout the UK.

They may not be concerned for themselves, but they should be for others.

Yes, it is the choice of these irresponsible people to ignore all the information on what and not what to do, but their irresponsible nature is causing others to catch COVID-19 and this is not their choice.

There are many not Social Distancing, not wearing face-masks or wearing them incorrectly, refusing to self-isolate, etc. making it extremely unsafe for others.

Currently there is no vaccine, but if there was, there are quite a few people who would refuse to be vaccinated, again, these people are solely thinking of thesmselves and not others.

A vaccine is the only chance for COVID-19 to be eradicated, so currently, everyone should be abiding by the information and restrictions and those who still refuse to comply should be fined and eventually leading to arrest and be convicted.

The Government needs to strengthen the current legislation to make this possible.

Yes, it is restricting freedom and choice, but it is essential to safeguard others and it is what any of our Laws do, for to not do will cause anarchy.

Those in authority who themselves did show irresponsibility should have been prosecuted, but it may be that the Law was insufficient for this to occur and if so, that should be immediately rectified.

Same Difference

When Jennifer Duddy was admitted to hospital with coronavirus, she said goodbye to her young family wondering if she would ever see them again.

The 32-year-old accountant, who has asthma, first experienced symptoms of the virus in March, but says she was refused tests on several occasions.

Initially, most people with symptoms were told to stay at home and self-isolate.

Her husband, Jamie, also had symptoms, but while his symptoms slowly started to lessen, Jennifer’s got worse and eventually she was admitted to Belfast’s Mater Hospital with breathing difficulties.

She spent seven days there being treated for coronavirus.

When she was discharged, she knew it would take time to recover fully, but was optimistic and excited to again cuddle her eight-year-old daughter, Chloe, and one-year-old son Ryan.

“A lot of tears were shed in those first two months,” Jennifer told BBC News NI.

“I was on so much medication when…

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Shielding Ended On August 1st


Myself and my wife have been shielding and now the Government have decided it is not necessary, so what is different now than when shielding started.

As COVID-19 gone away, No

As lockdown finished, well in some instances yes, but in others no

Do we still need to Social Distance, well, Yes

Do we need to wear face-masks, well originally no, but now, Yes in many instances

So, the Government has decided shielding for the majority is no longer required, except for the areas in local lockdown and on the watch list.

But there is not much different with regards to COVID-19, for it is still with us, and waiting for a relaxation of restrictions.

Is not the stopping of shielding not a relaxation of restrictions, so will those who have been shielding, now be in greater risk of catching COVID-19.

Will even more areas need to have shielding returned, will people who have been shielding now catch COVID-19.

Well, who knows, but does this Government care, well it appears no.

Same Difference

How do you feel about shielding being paused? Did you go out this weekend? What was the first thing you did?

More than two million people shielding against coronavirus in most of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can now leave their home and return to work.

Vulnerable people were advised in March to stay at home, or shield, to avoid contracting Covid-19. In Wales the advice stays in place until 16 August.

But Macmillan Cancer Support said people in the shielded group do not feel safe enough to leave their homes.

It comes after the PM applied the brakes to easing restrictions further.

Meanwhile, Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises the government, has said England could have to consider closing pubs in order to reopen schools in September.

And businesses that have furloughed staff during the coronavirus pandemic must now start contributing

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How ‘good’ does a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic? A new study has answers


A vaccine that’s 70% effective might not be good enough if too few people are willing to be vaccinated, new research shows.

Source: How ‘good’ does a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic? A new study has answers

Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy? : The Conversation


Smartphone apps and wearable devices can tell when workers have been within six feet of each other, promising to help curb the coronavirus. But they’re not all the same when it comes to privacy.

Source: Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy? : The Conversation

‘They’ve forgotten disabled people’: Government urged to protect those with sight loss during outbreak.  


I agree the Government have not ‘forgotten’ about any disabled people because they do not care and disability is outside their perception.

The Government view disability as a problem that they do not wish to consider and decry disabled people for not fitting in with the Government ‘norm’.

The Government see disability as a drain the the UK resources and would really wish that disabled people did not exist and they are going out of their way to put barriers up to ensure disabled people do not exist, or exist with much difficulty.

This can be seen to their whole approach to ‘welfare benefits’ and Social Care, where both have seen reductions on the financial benefits to disabled people and others who are disabled.

The UK needs to get behind supporting disabled people, but with the attitude of this Government and some in the media of classing disabled people and others who are vulnerable as ‘scroungers’ and some members of the public use this to decry disabled people and others who are vulnerable and believe that if the Government and media put this forward then it must be true and reinforces their own views.

The Government needs to be there for everyone and not just certain sections of the UK.

Govt Newspeak

I don’t think that the governmant have “forgotten” the disabled they remembered to strip them of every bit of money that they could with welfare “reforms” and denial of social care, etc. I was telling a lady (that I follow on twitter) this morning: my council no longer gives the severely disabled a full discount on the council tax – where they used to. Suffice to say that their memory is very selective where disabled people are concerned. GN

Guide dog users struggling to remain socially distanced as support animals not trained for post-Covid world

People with sight loss have said floor markers and signage urging them to keep 2m away are not helping them to socially distance
People with sight loss have said floor markers and signage urging them to keep 2m away are not helping them to socially distance ( PA )

The government has been urged to renew its guidance for supermarkets and address the pressing medical needs of people with eye conditions, as those living with sight loss warn they…

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Coronavirus UK: Fears of lockdown collapse in heatwave | Daily Mail Online


With parts of Britain set to bask in temperatures hotter than Athens and Nice and Barcelona, social media users claimed that the PM was sending out the dangerous signal that ‘lockdown is finished’.

Source: Coronavirus UK: Fears of lockdown collapse in heatwave | Daily Mail Online

Everyday ethics: When should we lift the lockdown? _ The Conversation


What are the moral considerations in making the decision to reopen society while mitigating the risk of infections spreading? We asked a philosophy scholar to walk us through the quandary.

Source: Everyday ethics: When should we lift the lockdown? : The Conversation