The lack of social distancing and mask wearing is evidence of “compassion fatigue,” according to a chronically ill woman forced to stay home for 19 months.
Kimmy Soko suffers from a number of serious issues which leave her with a weakened immune system.
This means that she is naturally terrified of catching COVID-19[female[feminine.
“Getting me COVID is literally the end of me,” the 29-year-old said.
“I want to live long. I have goals, I have dreams. I live in my house and I cannot leave because I know there is no such protection.
“The numbers haven’t changed, you know? COVID is spreading so virulently, and it’s scary.”
And the failure of so many to adhere to what she describes as “common decency” is frustrating.
“There is compassion fatigue,” said Ms. Soko, who runs her own disability training and branding business.
“The numbers don’t annoy us as emotionally, where we feel a civic duty to do our part as we did in the beginning.”
The legal requirement to wear masks was lifted in mid-July for people living in England.
But cases have been increasing since mid-September and there are warnings from the NHS Confederation that health services could be heading for the most difficult winter on record.
Wednesday’s figures revealed nearly 50,000 new cases daily, the government warning that this figure could double in the coming months.
And more and more, the message is reinforced to take personal responsibility when it comes to protecting others, including from the health secretary.
Speaking at Wednesday’s Downing Street briefing, Mr Javid said: ‘If there aren’t enough people getting their booster shots, if not enough people eligible for the initial offer – the five million who don’t are not vaccinated – if they don’t show up if people aren’t wearing masks when they really should in a very crowded place with lots of people they don’t normally hang out with, if they don’t wash hands and stuff, it’s going to hit us all. “
But he added that there was currently no intention to resort to “Plan B“measures which would reintroduce the compulsory wearing of a mask and possibly mean a forced return to work at home.
Elsewhere in the UK, the mandatory wearing of masks has never disappeared.
And in Scotland, where the case rate is lower than the rest of the UK, they’re still worn in schools.
Clinical epidemiologist Dr Deepti Gurdasani says part of the problem causing the increase in cases is “massively delayed adolescent vaccination and very poor deployment” in England.
“We have around 15% of 12 to 15 year olds who have been vaccinated, compared to around 50% in Scotland,” she said.
“If the government is serious about avoiding a lockdown, it really needs to act now. It seems there is a lot of focus on personal accountability, rather than the government’s responsibility to protect its citizens, which it should be doing. . “
In addition to the long list of medical difficulties to face, the loneliness of the pandemic has seriously affected
“To everyone who has been vaccinated, thank you for taking care of yourself in this way,” she said.
“Thank you for taking care of me this way, but don’t give up on the good fight, which is all the hygiene, social distancing and also the face coverings, because you can still be a carrier, and you can still get COVID. . “