Like many people, but certainly not all, I have started to become immune to the Covid-19 daily stats but seeing them today showed me that not only are we still in the midst of a very serious pandemic but that we have switched off from the daily horror that is this infection. In Scotland yesterday there were 2,194 new cases but thankfully no deaths with around 900 people in hospital suffering from Covid-19. To get the information, certainly if you look at BBC Scotland, you have to search as it is no longer front page news, that is where we are at with Covid now. The news has moved on to COP26 and the potential of hundreds of thousands who will descend on Glasgow over the period of the conference next month, the potential for flare ups being high as protesters plan to make their voices heard, but you have to ask yourself the question, why is this conference even taking place when the UK is Covid ground zero pretty much in the whole world right now.
Now while I personally try to maintain social distancing when out and about, still wear a face covering, and hand sanitise, I have pretty much switched off from the Covid crisis now to be honest, and I don’t think I am the only one. The handling of this pandemic in Scotland, and the UK, has been a crime and yet no one has been held to account as of yet for this shambles, a shambles that to date has cost 139,000 lives in the UK alone. Think about that, 139,000 people have died since March 2020 from Covid-19 and yet not one politician or government minister has been held to account for the basically criminal handling of this crisis, no one has felt the need to take responsibility, not in Scotland, and not in the wider UK.
I was chatting to family and friends about it and most have given up now on trying to even keep themselves safe with adhering to the advice. When asking why, people feel beaten down by it all, they feel that the authorities gave up months ago in trying to protect people, and that the handling has been so bad that everything is in a mess now, especially access to vital NHS services and it is hard not to disagree with any of that is it. So as the government are warning of a long winter, a winter of infection, of limited access to NHS services, on top of everything else we are facing right now, it is going to be a long winter, and if we have switched off, a potentially sad one for many families.