My loyal reader may recall a piece I wrote on this blog the other night called Stay In it, I referred to the parent of someone we know who had been admitted to hospital with Covid-19. I asked that people would hope – and if they prayed, then pray – for this person’s recovery. I am delighted to report that tonight s/he has been discharged from hospital. This is wonderful news indeed.

It was good to find this out on a night when the population of our country opened its doors and windows to thank our wonderful NHS workers who day in, day out treat people they do not know and have never previously met, and do their best to make them better. A round of applause was the least these real life heroes deserve.

I am not going into detail now but for our family, too, Covid-19 is very close to home. The time for jokes or moaning about the financial costs of this terrible disease has surely passed. It is more than likely that in some shape or form, Covid-19 will directly or indirectly affect us all.

I am no medic, nor am I a scientist, so all I can do is repeat the medical advice:

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

It’s not just about you, it’s about all of us. If you act irresponsibly and make close social contact with others, even close members of your family who don’t live with you, you could literally kill people. Don’t make any unnecessary journeys.

Some good news at last but there is plenty of bad news to come. This is not a trial run, a game or an exercise. We are either in this altogether or we’re not in it at all.