Now that restrictions on social interaction are gradually easing there’s a real risk that people will go a bit crazy trying to make up for the months of isolation. A month or so more is not such a long time to invest for the future and then ….. whacko! Be patient, please!
...... I said that a couple of weeks ago and look what's happened, Slowly slowly it will dawn on people that this is not happening somewhere else - it's right here and the few impatient, thoughtless people are causing major disruption for the majority. What don't people get?
In an age and country where immunisations/vaccinations are the common thing, we have forgotten about epidemics that have laid us low in the past. Between the 1930s and 1950s around 2000 people died in Australia as a result of successive polio epidemics and more than 40,000 were paralysed – and that was before travel as we know it today. Imagine what that number would be today without vaccines for things like polio. Like COVID-19, polio was highly infectious often presenting with fever and flu-like symptoms and there is no cure. The governments of the day recommended that people avoid others, wash their hands frequently, stop shaking hands or touching each other. Schools, beaches, swimming pools, shops, cinemas, and churches were closed for months on end. Sound familiar?The effects of those epidemics still reverberate for many people who contracted the disease back then.
Mankind has been plagued by infectious, deadly diseases dating back most likely before recorded history. Even deceptively simple things like fungal plant parasites are not all beneficial (most are I am pleased to say and absolutely essential to the plant world) but in modern 1st world countries like ours these are mostly controlled. But there is one, Ergot, which, for people who eat grains infected with the parasite, can lead to gangrene, psychotic delusions and convulsions. In the Middle Ages there was one such epidemic in Europe which killed over 40,000 people – St Anthony's Fire (the beastie the precursor to LSD?!). On the whole however fungi are gems – think penicillin, truffles and more.
I’m just saying …. be careful please!