In hindsight, the UK Government should have skipped the mitigation attempts and went straight into Suppression. I have been saying it for the last 4 weeks as I have read horrific stories mainly from the Chinese and Italian struggles with COVID-19.
That being said, I am not going to sit back in my armchair and criticize the Government. They are doing their best and are putting all their efforts into protecting the British public. What they need is the support of the public who should take their advice.
Cabin up. Stick to social distancing. And only go out for essential supplies.
If we all stick together we can move past this horrible surreal situation we find ourselves in.
Going to crowded beaches or getting on crowded tubes or trains is not the answer. Come on wake up and smell the coffee. If you are still relaxed about COVID-19 you have got serious issues. If you carry on as if nothing is happening you are either selfish or clueless and are risking yourself and others.
You are risking overwhelming the NHS. You know the doctors, nurses and other workers who are risking their lives everyday for others.
This is a time when we should be grateful of the NHS and other essential services like the Police and the Military.
As part of the fight against COVID-19, the UK Government has asked for 250,000 volunteers. As of Wednesday evening, they had over 500,000 volunteers and this is an example of what Great Britain does when the shit hits the fan.
There are loads of examples of people joining the front line to join in and do what they can. I have friends and family who are in the NHS and work as care workers who are carrying on as normal with their work without hesitation.
The supermarkets have been flooded with crowds of people panic buying and emptying the shelves. This is another industry that needs help and support so they can continue to provide essential supplies. The workers need protection and it seems that things have started to calm down as people adjust to this surreal moment in time.
I have a friend who has started to work for Tesco in the warehouses and the supermarkets have had an influx of workers who are keen to keep the money coming in and to help where they can.
We have many people up and down the country who are doing other peoples shopping. They are shopping for relatives who have kids or it may be they have a Mam who is in her 80s. Absolute heroes who are stepping up to the mark.
Although I have been reading the tragic stories that are dominating the news, I am also reading the positive stories of how people are helping. This is also a time when you realize that celebrities and people with a significant amount of money are also willing to help.
Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi have both donated 1million euros to provide equipment to fight COVID-19. There are many more stories like this.
Back to Britain and my favorite story is of Manchester United Legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs donating their 2 hotels to accommodate NHS staff free of charge during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neville said: “It’s at this moment in time the whole of our (hospitality) industry needs to show solidarity, not just with our staff in these uncertain times but for obviously the people who need the accommodation most in the coming months, and it’s something that we’re delighted to have been able to have come to agreement with.
“It’ll be free of charge, our staff will operate the hotels as normal, and the health workers will be allowed to stay there without any cost whatsoever in these in these next few months when they need isolation away from family members who may be affected by what’s going on.”
This amazing gesture just adds to both their legendary statuses.
Everyone in the UK (and around the World) have to come together and help each other in this fight against COVID-19. From what I am seeing, I am confident that is happening and it makes me very proud to be British.
On a side note
It is times like these that highlight the importance of getting your house in order.
Many people are struggling up and down the country and especially contractors. Contractors who I normally work with seem to live week-to-week and month-to-month.
They are not thinking about the future and normally spend what they earn. In some cases, it gets out of control and they spend more than they earn as their consumer debt builds and builds.
This has to change and we have to look after our future. No one else is going to look after our financial needs, as we are no longer in the industrial age. We don’t have the luxury of working for British Steel or ICI for 40 years and ending up with a big fat pension.
We have to look after ourselves.
Look at all my financial mistakes and learn from them.
Read a few books and do some research. Spend less than you earn and invest the difference. In material I have read, it is recommended to save at least 10% of your monthly income.
It sounds very easy but we all get carried away with our spending. My hope is that when we do move past COVID-19 (and the inevitable financial repercussions) we all start to look at getting our (financial) houses in order.