By the time you read this, I will have been locked-down for 100 days, from March 9th in fact.
This is not the first epidemic or pandemic I have experienced. The first, in 1961, amounted to nothing very much but, without prompt action, it could have been even more serious than the present one.
I returned home to my student flat late one night to find the door locked and bolted. I rang and banged and shouted and eventually my flat-mate, Taffy, appeared on the balcony.
‘You can’t come in, mate.’
‘Stop messing around, Taffy and let me in.’
‘Can’t, it’s smallpox.’
‘There’s no smallpox here. Let me in.’
‘But there is in South Wales and in Bradford. We are possible contacts because we spent the weekend in South Wales. We are in quarantine for 10 days and must have no contact with anyone. Public Health sends someone around with food which they leave at the door.’ [Read more…] about Pandemics and Epidemics – I have been locked-down for 100 days