Stay at home

On a day when the Scottish Government has made it very clear that life should not feel normal right now, the street in which I live has felt the busiest I’ve ever seen it with people walking in and out of the cul-de-sac, driving in and out, drivers in loud cars heading to the local racetrack.

The Scottish first minister has said that the stricter new measures of social distancing and self-isolation that have been put in place prevent the spread of Covid-19 should not be considered optional.

We humans are social animals—we like to spend time with others. We are also pretty stubborn, we don’t like being told what to do, and we think that these things, these awful things, just won’t happen to us—they always happen to other people, out there.

But the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Scotland has already increased to 416 and 10 deaths. This is an incredibly contagious virus. There are people at high risk who will very likely die if they catch it. I have polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), so I’ve been following the advice from the PKD Charity and social distancing, staying in this weekend to stay safe.

So, please, people… stay at home; protect the NHS and save lives.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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