I decided to go lie on my bed for a bit, and put the radio on. Our local station is called Wave 105. They seem to have their own DJs, but they get syndicated news from Sky.
The 2PM News bulletin came on. Two stories on it made me wonder.
One article was about a tweet from the official Cambridgeshire Police Twitter account, that officers were spending their time patrolling the non-essential aisles at a local supermarket.
The tweet was deleted, but not before it got noticed. In a further tweet, the police force “clarified” their earlier tweet by saying the exact opposite – that officers were not monitoring what people bought. Even our government weighed in, saying that people could buy whatever they liked. In fact, in the UK, there is no definition in any case, of what is essential and what is not.
The second article was by a Mr Jason Leech, who is the National Clinical Director in Scotland. My Leech said that activities such as mountain biking were not permitted.
Now, I can right now, today, go onto the WHO’s web site (www.who.int) and can watch videos about how the virus spreads. It is exhaled in the form of droplets by somebody when they sneeze. The droplets can land on a surface, where they do not die immediately. The problems start when somebody else then ingests those droplets, through their mouth, nose or eyes. Possibly, they might touch a surface, get a droplet on their hand, then inadvertently put their hand into their mouth. That’s why washing hands is important. That’s what the WHO say. This 2m rule came about because 2m is considered to be beyond the range of a sneezed droplet. This is elementary stuff – even an eejit like me can follow it.
So the bulletin left me wondering. Neither shopping in a particular aisle, nor riding a bike, necessarily involve contact with other people, so what does Mr Leech, do Cambridgeshire Police, know that the WHO doesn’t?
So I came back through to the computer, to give my brain a rest.