23 March 2020 – 22:40 GMT – 8°C Mostly Cloudy – Co. Dublin, Ireland
I feel so sorry for everyone who has had to put their lives on hold and even sorrier for those whose loved ones will not hold onto their lives.
The UK has gone into lock-down. About time too. Wonder if Ireland will do it tomorrow? And how did we get to having a 40,000 test backlog?
I walked to the vet earlier to collect meds for Gus, our dog. A supply he might need if Ireland goes into curfew. A proactive move to avoid future trips to the vet. Then we took him for a short neighbourhood walk.
Having heard our bank is closing many branches, Lia called my mobile. We agreed it was sensible to visit an ATM just to have a bit of cash to hand. And I could see an ATM not 50 metres from me. The ATM was faulty, my bank card jammed and I had to touch many parts of the machine. I could see finger and hand prints all over it. My visit was reactive, spontaneous and ill-considered. This is how the virus will continue to spread. Inadvertently.
JIT (Just-in-time) business practices have been revealed as fragile and dangerous for public health management. Worse may be the money that the world needs to borrow. The future mandarins may turn out to be Mandarin debt-owners. The biggest may be the disruptions of JIT practices and their impact on our food supplies.
I’m sure at least 50 people have died of Covid-19 while I typed this. My worry is that it will be 100 in the same short time typing period if I was to type it again tomorrow and maybe 200 the following day. Exponential increase.