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Coronavirus log: Another strange week in lockdown as the plateau goes on

You know it's been a strange week when you wake up to the president of the United States advising scientists to look into creating a cure with disinfectant and blasting people with an enormous amount of UV light.

It was, quite possibly, the most bizarre and dangerous statement ever made on live television by a nation's leader, but with Donald Trump's tenure already littered with nonsensical, narcissistic speeches, it hardly came as a surprise to anyone.

I suppose if there are any positives to draw from that fact, it's that, when a new type of normality comes along, as human beings, we adjust our expectations and reactions to our new world and adapt quite quickly.

Coronavirus log
Coronavirus log

On a personal note, the anxieties of those early days of lockdown have now been replaced with acceptance and while I still have moments of fear and worry, I'm getting used being at home all day and doing a daily check of case and death numbers.

It's easy to become detached from the idea of human cost when you look at numbers spinning upwards each day across the world, but a story at the end of this week brought a timely reminder that every single person lost to this tragic pandemic has a story and a family that will never quite be the same as it could have been.

I won't go into too much detail, as the story has not yet been printed, but the elderly gentleman in question was still living a remarkably active, adventurous life and was admired and very well liked by those close to him.

He still had ambitions and dreams despite being very old, but those were taken away by the coronavirus.

Despite the sadness and loss being inflicted upon so many families, we can all take some hope from the fact that nationally, our numbers seem to have reached a plateau, but I find myself disappointed each day when I check the numbers and find that the number of new cases is not consistently dropping.

I normally try to convince myself that numbers can be misleading and if more tests are being done within higher risk groups of people, that may be the reason why we aren't seeing new cases fall noticeably.

Whether that is true or not, there are still longer term issues to consider, such as how international travel will change in the future when some countries have their outbreaks under control while others are at the peak or seeing a second wave of infections.

Vaccination is seemingly our best path forward, but without any clear idea of when that might arrive, I've simply been trying to put the whole situation out of my mind most days and keep myself occupied.

My other half and I have been using a 1,000 piece puzzle to help with this in the last week, and I've been reading, wood carving, chess playing, practising the dreaded shorthand and catching up on Netflix.

Keeping my mind occupied has helped (33997884)
Keeping my mind occupied has helped (33997884)

I've also been wondering about the neighbour's chicken.

Since lockdown began, strange noises have been drifting over the fence and I'm reasonably sure it's a chicken, although it doesn't sound well.

I would describe the noises it makes as panicked gargling rather than clucking, but maybe it's just stressed about the current crisis.

I'm sure we all still are, to some degree, but the bulk buying and constant worrying about the end of civillisation is abating for most.

The new normal is here, and while it may develop in the coming weeks and months as we navigate our way out of lockdown, it is not the apocalypse.

The world still turns, some countries are now seeing a decline in new cases, our people have been showing an increased appreciation of our key workers and with any luck, a vaccine will soon send this virus packing, for good.