Om Monday evening I took a walk through the park then around the edge of town, keeping myself away from people as advised. Looking into supermarkets as I passed I decided there were already too many people inside and decided not to drop in and pick up a bottle of wine.
On getting home, I put supper in the oven, then did quick session on the bike on a turbo trainer. By the end of exercising I was very aware of a tight chest. By the end of supper, I was coughing repeatedly and deciding that this was the time to decide I might have this virus.
Of course, there is no way of telling if I have – throughout Tuesday I continued to cough, but my temperature appeared normal much of the time. The only other symptom appears to be lethargy, but that could just be laziness.
Coughing got much worse if I tried to speak. This became an advantage when you have insurance scammers calling you – a quick bout of coughing and they get off the line really quickly.
I’m going to be at home for the next 7 days: an advantage of living alone is that this doesn’t mean anyone else will need to be isolated for 14 days.
At the end of Tuesday, here’s the summary:
- Symptoms: Still coughing, tired
- Provisions – Enough food for 7 days, but very low stocks of alcohol
- Reading – the latest Rebus novel by Ian Rankin
- Crossword – completed just over half of the cryptic puzzle in today’s Guardian so far
- Work – minimal, just some email and a look to check students have submitted assignments
- Annoyance with people who ignored the need to keep social distance – high!
Last week, before stricter lock down measures were announced, I couldn’t believe how close people wanted to get in lines in the supermarket, or how they crowded together in entrances of shops for a chat.
Even more shocking, photos on Facebook of a pub in my town, celebrating “Great people” going out for a drink:
Hardly surprising when this man wanted to keep his pubs open and suggested that there is nothing wrong with socialising in a bar
And even the vice chancellor of a (not to be named) university tweeting about going to the pub (Happy Friday!) only an hour after the government had announced that pubs and bars should close (This was later deleted, after some pretty inevitable criticism).
Luckily the Daily Mash was on hand to provide a suitable commentary on people who don’t get social distancing.
Let’s see what tomorrow brings.
Oh, and stay away from people!