End of restrictions

I’ve just watched the Prime Minister announce the end of the restrictions and for our family it will be like going back to March 2020 :frowning: For others the restrictions were our protections and to end isolation if you have covid just seems so wrong to me. Sorry had to let that out somewhere where people would understand. Thanks for reading.

I absolutely agree with you. My family and friends feel the same. We are still wearing masks, and if had symptoms would definitely stay home and tell we had them. All a bit premature to me.

Yes, it’s definitely too much too soon. Take care.

I’m desperate to be carefree again, but my desire to keep well is greater. Very much a case of wait and see.

Gill is listed as extremely vulnerable to covid. If they think we’re going back to normal they can think again.

I am carry on wearing a mask only visiting people who I can trust. To keep me safe and not make be vulnerable.

I will be still be washing hands regularly wiping all my food I bring home. These process have got me this far so why change it. :smiley:

I feel the same. Wear my mask in taxis and try to shop when it is quiet. I do socialise but thankfully my friends feel the way I do and minimize risks. I feel it is too much too soon frankly. I think we all have to use our judgement.

I was looking forward to my 4th booster vaccine and so was my husband. It’s for the over 75’s and listed vulnerable. Interestingly, my husband wasn’t originally prioritised as he should have been. Likewise in the first instance unpaid carers who had to fight I hope we are not going to have the same issue. A couple of weeks ago the Government web site stated people could have the 4th booster if there was 91 days since the 3rd vaccine. Some older people have had invitation letters to book for their 4th but have be unsuccessful in making appointments.

I agree with others - I have worked really hard to stay safe and look after my mum. This has meant sticking to a close group of careful friends and family and v little outside socialising. I can understand that people want to get back to normal but I don’t understand why remove the need to isolate if you have covid. I still wear a mask everywhere and I lateral flow test all the time to make sure I am not asymptomatic - as a carer though it doesn’t seem to be that I will be eligible for free tests. I think that they should continue to be made available to all carers. Feel that we have just been ignored.

This government let care home residents down badly at the start of the pandemic directing covid patients to be discharged into care homes.
Since then they have allowed care homes to bar family visitors. Despite that family can be tested in the same way as care home staff thus posing no greater risk to their loved ones.
The least they can do is continue to provide testing and PPE for family carers, carers and hospital staff and make essential care givers a lawful right so residents can see family on a regular basis. It’s cruel not to it’s also an infringement on basic human rights and equal rights of care home residents.
Many carers have looked after family members for no financial reward thus saving the government money.
I hope they do the right thing and allow essential care givers to be enshrined in law and allow another 4 family visitors to see loved ones on a regular basis and provide testing and PPE to increase safety

All very depressing. Govt keep going on about mental health effects of lockdown but they are what is challenging our mental health by trying to convince us everything is safe when it is clearly not.

Govt say we can get tests but that is no use since the point about LF testing is that you are protecting other people. Same with mask wearing - we have got FFP2 masks but many others not now wearing masks even inside shops. Shop staff can’t enforce mask wearing as it is.

We won’t be going out anytime soon. No cinema, theatre etc for us. Only good side is that there are therapeutics available now so much better treatement if we do get Covid.

I agree with what everyone else is saying. My husband and myself are both vulnerable - we’re each others’ carers; I have lupus, RA, fibromyalgia, anxiety & depression and PTSD, and my husband has Parkinson’s Disease - and we shall continue to wear masks for the foreseeable future. I also have a badge that says “I have a compromised immune system. Please keep your distance” which I can only hope will stop people invading my personal space.
Being in a wheelchair, I feel extra vulnerable if someone coughs or sneezes, as droplets fall downwards.
We shan’t be attending theatre or opera (which we both love) or cinema any time soon, or even going to the pub, if I have any say in the matter. I’m even apprehensive about visiting the shopping mall!
Being the cynic I am, I can’t help but wonder if “someone” is thinking to bump off the old and the ill, to save on pension, disability and carers’ payouts.

Covid certainly freed up a lot of space in care homes!

It’s nice to see like minded people taking the precautions I do. I look after my parents and have keep the home covid free. Anything coming in is disinfected. My dad has dementia and it’s the only way I can keep him safe by not having anything he could accidently touch. We have managed for two years despite the mental side effects of being semi isolated. We are very fortunate to have a large home and garden to shield in. But it is hard not going to restaurants etc. Just as I think it’s safe to relax our precautions abit, the government changes the restrictions and the numbers go up. At least they can’t relax restrictions any further.

I’ve kept them safe up until now and don’t wish to put them at unnecessary risk.

I am so happy about it. Finally the corona is finished :wink:

Restrictions may be finished but Covid isn’t!

25% of a local school is off sick, and most of the teachers, some adults testing positive, some not.
My grandson had it last week, my eldest son has been ill since Saturday, fit only for snuggling up under his duvet in my recliner during the day., drinking tea and taking pills. He says he’s never felt so rough. We are distancing as much as possible.

He is a hard working man who usually works at least 50 hours a week and then works at home too - he was planning to put a fence up this week.

Boris has stopped free testing, knowing that people won’t want to pay for a test (remembering that you don’t pay for any other tests on the NHS). Of course that will make numbers appear lower but the hospital figures and deaths will be the numbers to watch, sadly.

We accept a certain number of flu deaths as unavoidable, and that will be the same with covid to some degree: but it’s a major gamble when so little is really known about how covid is behaving. But that’s politicians for you, especially of the kind we seem to be inundated with: quite happy to gamble with your health.

My 22year old Grandson is teacher training. 7 year olds at the moment. 11 in the class are off with covid or symptoms.
My daughter teaches 4 to 5 year ages. Several have been off. So covid definitely hasn’t gone.

Personally I don’t think that it will ever go away :frowning:

Corona viruses have been around for years - flu is a corona virus. COVID19 is just corona virus number 19 but is a lot more deadly. Like the flu virus it will keep coming back in a different format - don’t forget that the flu jab is updated every couple of years or so to take into account the way it mutates and changes. So expect to be invited for a COVID19 jab every year along with your flu jab !

I think we are going to have to come to terms with the fact that we are going to have to learn to live with it in the same way that we live the flu virus.

I agree with you Susie. Especially as the cost of Covid restrictions, in terms of missed operations, appointments, etc. etc. also have to be considered.