I’m not one for swearing. Even if I whacked my thumb with a rather large hammer I’d probably grit my teeth and ‘flippity flip’ it rather than resort to a torrent of expletives. Turning the air blue isn’t my style and I struggle with people whose every other word is the ‘f bomb.’ But this graphic spoke to me so I’m sharing it on my social media sites. It kind of encapsulates the growing irritation I’ve felt as this pandemic has progressed.
In Northern Ireland, 26 people died within the last 24 hours from COVID. There are currently 840 COVID patients in our hospitals which are nearing capacity. 63 of those people are in intensive care. Official records show that over 1500 people, to date, have lost their lives to this horrible, relentless virus. Other figures put the real total as closer to the 2000 mark. Either way, sobering numbers for a population of 1.8 million.
Yet still every day I see people in our local shop not wearing a mask or washing their hands. Thankfully they are a minority as the large majority of the country buckle down and follow the rules to keep ourselves and others safe. The vaccine is being rolled out and, as of today, over 133,000 people have received their first jab. I was delighted today to see our village hall being used as a vaccination centre. It’s no longer just on the news, it’s real and it’s happening.
I’m enjoying lockdown no more than the most rabid anti-vaccing, COVID denying, conspiracy theorist. But I’m tired of your snide trolling and ridiculous arguments. I haven’t the energy to argue back, much preferring to block and mute en masse now. Life is too short to listen to your nonsense. So instead I leave you with one final, heartfelt message. Call it my default response whenever our paths cross in the future.
Just shut the f*** up.