Q. How does Covid continue to affect you and your family?
We have managed to get out & about a little more than before, which has helped to boost our mood but we still very much follow pandemic precautions. I have remained well in terms of not catching Covid - I am double jabbed, so that is a comfort, but it's no excuse to become complacent. I'm due my booster jab, alongside my annual 'flu jab, next week as being overweight, over 50 & compromised in terms of neurological illness, I am eligible. Given the recent arrival of the Omicron variant, I'm hoping that I will continue to be protected. Meanwhile, my 16 year old has had Covid-19 back in July - he felt really rough for about a week & is doing much better, but his sense of taste & smell is still off & he gets tired easily. I am proud that as soon as he was able, he had a Covid vaccination & is due a booster jab very soon. What is really concerning is all the adverts purporting that we will be getting back to a "normal" Christmas & encouraging everyone to meet up when this pandemic is far from over. Furthermore, mask wearing seems to have dropped off - in the few times I've been to the supermarket, I've counted that approx 2-3 people out of 10 (including me) are still wearing masks correctly & complying with guidelines. Everyone else doesn't seem perturbed by the situation & don't appear to be bothered, which is worrying. What else grinds my gears is the number of people that spit in the street & don't seem to appreciate the hygiene implications of such a disgusting practise - yet there has been no public information guidelines about that. And not to mention last year's 10 Downing Street Christmas Party which has made the headlines this week - utterly contemptible behaviour from those in charge when ordinary families were prohibited from even visiting loved ones on their deathbeds. Once again - one rule for them; one rule for us. A sure fire way of damaging public trust & confidence when we need to be proactive at keeping the virus under control - a battle, sadly, we appear to be losing.