With all the recent scaremongering about the Coronavirus COVID-19 I thought I might try to allay your fears on the matter and am able to with the help of the rather splendid Dad’s Army stamps from the Post Office as illustrations.
Last night the first case was confirmed in the UK but contrary to what appears to be popular misconception I feel we are not all doomed.
Unfortunately it seems this virus does target the old and infirm and those with a pre existing health problem so Private Godfrey would be well advised to go home and keep a low profile for the duration.
I haven’t been shopping recently but according to the news reports word is spreading of great shortages of goods in the shops one of the prime articles being toilet paper and when word gets out there is a rush to hoard yet more of the stuff.
I haven’t as yet heard of any black market profiteering and I would hope the authorities would stamp down heavily on any such practices.
There has been a considerable drop in the numbers of people who are travelling abroad and obviously caution should be exercised here as you wouldn’t want to go to an obvious Coronavirus hot spot for you summer holiday.
I think we have to blame the newspapers and television news for spreading fear unnecessarily and those in charge should know better, for causing panic is a very foolish action in times of war.
As the old saying goes, “will the last one left turn the light out” which is all well and good when we get to that situation but I have to point out that at this moment there are considerable numbers of us still here.
For those of you of a nervous disposition do not panic, here are some statistics which may help to put the situation into perspective.
Global cases. 97,841
Whilst it is tragic that just over 3000 people have succumbed to this virus well over half of those who contracted it have survived, furthermore maths is not my strong subject but even I know that 3347 deaths from the total world population of 7.7 Billion people is an infinitesimally small percentage.
I hope these facts have assisted in calming most people’s fears of this Coronavirus and will enable us all to Keep calm and carry on!
About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin
I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent.
Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work.
I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise.
I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013.
My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie.
I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes.
I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage.
My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Well said. Are governments trying to avert attention from the mess they’re making perhaps?
On a brighter note: I love the stamps!
Yes, the stamps are brilliant aren’t they.
I just flew to Geneva and was told a popular annual conference that brings in 700+ people from around the world was cancelled because of the virus. Meanwhile, I enjoy less crowds.
I wonder if all the 700+ people were going to fly there for a climate change conference? They often do that and then lecture us about going on planes!
Haha, that’s so true! It’s like AOC (one of the people in the U.S. who created The Green New Deal) who took $10,000 worth of Uber’s during her campaign and then tried to force new unrealistic laws on everyone else to help the climate. She was in New York, the U.S. city with the best public transport and instead she took Uber’s everywhere. “Do as I say not as I do.” 🤦🏼♀️
Unfortunately the same as our Prince Harry who whilst commuting across the Atlantic on long haul flights on a regular basis was lecturing us about global warming!
T’would that this were true 😦
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