Still not testing enough and vintage clothes

They’ve back-tracked on the Christmas relaxation of restrictions and instead of allowing three households to mix from the 23rd to the 27th December they can meet on the 25th December only. Not only that but from the 26th December all of Scotland will be in Tier 4 lockdown which is back to what we had earlier in the year with everything but essential shops shut. The reason for the change is that evidently there’s a new and more transmissible strain of the virus on the loose.

We already had to postpone our holiday so this new restriction will not be too arduous for us but I do feel very sorry for all the hospitality businesses that will be hard hit, as well as all the shops which normally would see a roaring trade at this time of year. I also feel disappointed that we’re almost one year on from the start of the pandemic and still our only trick is to shut everything down. It’s not sustainable to do this and it shouldn’t be necessary if we adopted an approach similar to South Korea. They have had to lose some personal freedoms but you don’t get a much greater loss of freedom than being confined to your home.

What I find particularly unforgivable is the only way I can get a test for covid is if I have symptoms. But we know that around 30% of all people are asymptomatic which means we’re missing all of these all the time. I should be able to walk down the street to a testing station any day of the week and get a test. If I’m positive I self-isolate for ten days after which point my life returns to normal. But I can’t do any of this because I don’t have symptoms and have never had symptoms so I’ve never had a covid test. Yet I have family in Australia who have been tested multiple times this past year, despite not having symptoms. Why, after nearly a year, are we still not testing people?

On an unrelated topic, several months ago I struck gold in a charity shop and have been meaning to post my findings. I went in for a browse just as they were putting out a selection of vintage clothes from someone’s estate. I have no idea who died but she had wonderful taste in clothes and was almost the same size as me. I realise my obsession with vintage clothing is a bit silly as I probably won’t wear most of the items unless someone invites me to a fancy dress party. But I like looking at them and trying them on.

This dress I may actually wear. It’s lovely, cotton and fits perfectly.

This dress has 1970s written all over it and is for that fancy dress party I’ll never go to.

This dress is really too small for me and I can only wear if for about 10 minutes before I start suffocating.

This one is a nightie with a matching dressing gown.

This last dress isn’t vintage. I just liked it. It is second-hand though!

8 Replies to “Still not testing enough and vintage clothes”

  1. The red dress does look vintage, and it is a lovely cut. I hope you do find a party to wear it to. And a perfect length, too.
    On the testing front, our resources director started hyperventilating when the government released plans on Thursday for schools to start mass testing pupils and staff at the start of next term. I said What if we just said No? I would refuse to be tested under a scheme that is so labour intensive and that would detect so few cases proportionately. When we have no track and trace system to get all contacts of positive cases tested, surely that is where the resource should be going? Not testing people just because they attend school.Anyway the unions agreed and told schools not to take part.

    1. Thanks, Denise! On the testing front I’d like to see us test the entire population regularly, maybe weekly. If it means we avoid shutting all the businesses down then I think it’s worth it. Hopefully though the vaccine will start to have a noticeable impact over the coming months.

      1. I’m very impressed by the model my student from Shanghai described, where they track several layers of contacts. So two positive cases can lead to a thousand tests. But crucially, for them, two cases is major news. They are astounded that we have so many thousands. The problem with testing everyone is it takes so long. If we have to give just one year group a vaccination it takes half a day, and they all move round lessons so you are taking random pupils out of random lessons to do it, which is very disruptive. Additionally you would have problems with people congregating in order to be tested, when there is a very low chance that they have it.

      2. Ah yes, you’re right. The tracing part of test and trace is not very well-managed either and does weaken the effectiveness of testing.

  2. When my daughter had a bad head cold and needed to get a medical certificate for a derived grade, the nurse said that she could go for a Covid 19 test, which meant that it would take 48 hours to get a result, in which case she couldnt sit the exam which was the next day- She’d had a fever, and chills, couldnt study over the last few days etc…In NZ we still have our Covid testing done in the form of the back of the nose scraping-There was no way that she wanted to go through that again! In my day, I coughed through most of my Economics exam, feeling absolutely dreadful, went to the Dr at lunchtime, got a medical certificate saying I had an Upper Respiratory infection, in order to get an aegrotat…I still sat my French exam the same afternoon…My French paper result differed by about 5% and there was nothing done about the Economics exam I was probably more affected by feeling so unwell- We did it hard in those old times!
    Most of our Covid cases are now happening in Managed isolation. People can come into NZ, and if they do want to go on holiday or travel, it is only to Australia, or countries that actually have flights available to them. They also have to have their Managed isolation booked before they arrive in the country, and if they haven’t, there are no alternatives if they turn up and haven’t booked them. I did see one family from NZ who went to UK to accompany their mother’s/wife body. That is a very sad reason to travel over Christmas. On a brighter note, you could always have a retro fashion type zoom meeting or daily Post during your lockdown- Some people put a mannequin, like they have in shops, in their window and used to dress it differently every day.

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