I am guessing by now you have been affected by the global Pandemic that Covid-19 has brought to the world, this is the first time I have lived though something like this happening on a such a global scale. With governments and people responding to this crisis with such widely differing responses, it is hard to know where to turn to for reliable information, As an example living here in the United Kingdom, we have the UK government giving one advice and the other three governments (the devolved nation) giving different advice. Personally, I believe that until the UK government gets involved in a proper Testing, Contact Tracing and Isolation program, think it is still best to self isolate as much as possible. This article in yesterdays Guardian newspaper says this far better than I can; ‘Unless the Government changes tack, the UK’s lockdown will have been for nothing.’ by Devi Sridhar.
So for the foreseeable future, as I have no way of know whether I or my family has had the virus, we are limiting our contact with others. We wear masks and gloves when we go out and regularly check our temperature and have even bought an oximeter to check our oxygen levels.
On the work front, I have done a bit of preparing for teaching and have had a session with students at Working Mens college in Camden. This went well and we will be doing this on Monday nights for the next 6/7 weeks. My teaching at Morley College has seen me be furloughed, and for the foreseeable future I am not getting out to create much new work. So for my personal photography, I am editing my archive and working on the two books that I want to produce. I am also learning new skills and thinking about doing a bit of research into different raw convertors to get the most of the image files I currently have.
So I just want to say please stay safe and keep your distance from as many people as possible, because with an increase in the number of contact points with others you have comes an increased risk of getting the virus. I have to say that I am glad that I am not being forced to go by to work by the Government or an employer and feel really strongly that people should at this stage be able to choose whether they risk exposing themselves to Covid-19, as everything that I have heard if you get it bad it is not a nice thing to get, that is assuming you do not die from it.
On a positive note though for the lucky the world is moving a little slower and that is a good thing, as it is time to reflect and spend time with the ones in your household.