OK, Coronavirus!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

I’m pretty cross at the moment… no, angry is more like.  I am fed up to the back of my teeth with what is going on right now, not just in this country but many others.  Let me count the ways:

  1. dailymail the bog roll planks

    The Toliet Roll hoarders ~ photo from the dailymail.co.uk

    Covid-19 is NOT going to give you diarrhoea, you complete planks!  Nor is it going to stop toliet roll being made.  You selfish, unthinking lot who go out to scavenge every last package of loo roll, toliet roll, toliet paper are doing a HUGE disservice to your fellow human being.  If you run out and you’re on self-isolation as I am because, [in case you give a toss], I am a 64-year-old woman with underlying health issues.  AND, I have two Gen Z adult children who still live at home, both of whom have underlying health conditions, therefore, we are stuck in and needing to order online… but guess what? THERE IS NO BLOODY TOLIET ROLL TO BE FOUND FOR LOVE OR MONEY.  So, thanks for that.

  2. Hand sanitiser bandits:  When you scoff up the lot to sell for whatever unreasonable amount you can jack the price up for or just to pile up in your garage for personal use, you probably have enough to not only see you through the Covid-19 pandemic but also through the never-gonna-happen Zombie Apocalypse!  When you HOARD things like this, muppet, you are ensuring that some other poor sod might die because he or she could not clean their hands after shopping [for not a hell of a lot, from what I’m seeing!] until they get home and, along the way maybe his or her eye begins itching too badly to ignore so they give it a quick rub and lo! They get coronavirus into their eye.  They will at the least get ill.  Or worse. Sociopath.
  3. People who think you can’t hear so they get up in your face to talk in the supermarket:  No.  Just NO.  Stay one metre away and please shout if you think I’m deaf,  but do not, please DO NOT get within spitting distance of someone’s face!

I could go on but I am feeling a little better just typing this out.  I know that people in this world have a better nature than this.  I am cross as hell, yes, but I am also seeing the good in people – people making sure the homeless get fed and get things they need…people delivering food and hopefully, toliet roll, to the elderly…people donating, businesses making hand sanitiser and giving it away for free… yeah, because you ones who decide you simply must have more hand sanitiser than your neighbour bought it all up!

save lives dont hoardSeriously, supermarkets will still open.  Delivery services will still bring your food and other essentials to you.  You will not starve, you will not go unclean, and you will not need to start tearing up your favourite magazines to wipe your bum!  Just give the flipping rest of us a break, please!!  We deserve our essentials as much as anybody else.

And… it would not surprise me in the least if the bog roll scoffers also have fancy-schmancy bidets in their bathrooms. You don’t even need the stuff, really. Well, maybe a little but flipping half dozen packages from every store you go into?  No.

I don’t think anybody who reads my blogs is this kind of person, if I’m honest.  But you know exactly the kind of person who is.  Do us all a favour and print my angry rant and post it to them.  I’m thinking of printing out several myself and going everywhere taping it to supermarket doors.  Ah, but I can’t… I’m self-isolating.  Because I give a ….. about my family, my self, and the planks who think it so clever to buy up all the bog roll and hand sanitiser!  War rationing should be brought back!

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x Stay safe!

For your further reading pleasure [or displeasure as may be the case] I have compiled a common sense list of things you should know, but probably already do.

COVID-19 [aka Coronavirus] FACTS

You can be carrying the virus without feeling symptoms [asymptomatic].

You can be asymptomatic and still spread the virus to others.

People who are most at risk are – anyone with underlying health issues:  diabetes, asthma, cancer, auto-immune diseases such as any kind of thyroiditis, Lyme Disease, etc, and people over 60 years of age.

There is no present assurance that the disease won’t strike twice on one person.

People, particularly over 60 years old,  may eventually be asked to self-quarantine for the greater good of all for an indefinite period.

Coronavirus has been tested and found to stay on these surfaces for this amount of time:

Cardboard   –  up to 24 hours

Plastic and steel – up to 72 hours

Copper – up to 4 hours

Do not use Ibuprofen at this time, buy some Tylenol as Ibuprofen, being an anti-inflammatory could aggravate the infection because it weakens our own immune system

All countries are not reporting the correct number of infected

What everyone can do to prevent the spread

Disinfect surfaces, doorknobs, tap handles, everywhere people touch.

Wash hands thoroughly, not just your palms for 20 seconds.  It has been recommended that you sing Happy Birthday twice whilst washing as that takes about 20 seconds.  Also, wash under fingernails by scrubbing them on your soapy palms.

Do not shake hands with anyone.  Namaste is nice.

Keep a distance of at least a metre/3 feet  between yourself and others when you are in public

Use hand sanitiser after opening doors [especially at work or in stores], after getting into your car, etc

Use your wrist to turn off water taps, push door levers, especially when out in public

Sneeze and cough into your crooked elbow if you do not have a tissue. If you do use a tissue, throw it away immediately

Use knuckles to flip on light switches, push buttons.  Use your elbow to turn off water after washing hands.  You can even use your wrist to turn the doorknob.  Just keep in mind that once you have washed your hands, it does little good to immediately touch something that may have germs, particularly this one, on it.

Don’t rub your eyes, pick your nose, or put your fingers in your mouth unless just washed thoroughly.  Not being funny.  Eyes,  nose, and mouth are key entry points.  If you must rub your eyes use a tissue.

Rub down your phone with either screen cleaner or hand sanitiser [back only with this] often

Whether you think it is the right way or not, get an early voting form to avoid the need to go to polls.  Everyone will be using those pens and you won’t know if the person in front of you or behind you is infected or not.

It is recommended to prepare all meals at home and avoid restaurants until after things are back to normal

Stay out of crowed places as much as possible… think about ordering food online.

Use less toilet roll and paper towels

These precautions can save the life of not only yourself but your family, co-workers, and others

The first line of defence is keeping this or any disease out of the home, so what we do outside is of critical importance.

Thank you.


About Isabella

Everything worth knowing, I learned from my Nana. I'm a sixty-six year old cunning woman who practises a solitary English hedgewitch life in as near the old ways as I can. I do not sacrifice small animals, neighbours, nor eat children. I'm more interested in visiting my ancestors on hedgewalks. And, I am owned entirely by my lovely feline companion, Pippa [Lady Philipa Cattington].
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