As lockdown continues in the UK and the number of cases is on the decrease, the public can begin to see rays of optimism shine through the dull grey outlook of what was supposed to be the start of summer.
Restrictions have eased slightly although this has not gone without it’s share of confusion amongst the public. With a change in the government mindset from the very distinct message of ‘Stay Home’ to a less reassuring ‘Stay Alert’, one can’t help but wonder what the overall message is. Does staying alert shift responsibility solely to the public to decide how to manage their part in the crisis? Or is this the idea that a gradual shift from red to amber may help to ease people back into work without overwhelming public transport and social distancing measures?
Whatever the bottom line is – and let’s face it, it’s a blurry one at this minute in time, the situation is set to remain precarious until a vaccine can be developed. This may mean that the number of cases may rise and abate in a wave-like fashion until then.
In the words of Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it is done,” That is to say, hindsight is a great thing, and the entire world may one day look back at this scenario and learn many things from it.
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