Time to embrace uncertainty

How small would the risk of excessive deaths from COVID need to be, before you personally would feel comfortable with lockdown restrictions being reduced? Present discussions have focused on a date to reduce or end restrictions, provoking the understandable answer of ‘it depends.’ There is an equally understandable desire to prevent avoidable risks to the NHS and to public wellbeing, especially with the mass rollout of vaccines giving the impression that we are on the home straight.

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Is morning coming?

“Good night then: sleep to gather strength for the morning. For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.”

Winston Churchill, speech to the French people 21st October 1940
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2020 was not a wasted year

Are you looking forward to consigning 2020 to the rubbish bin?

That’s the vibe one picks up everywhere. Not since the year 2016 seemed to be systematically killing off celebrities has there been such a widespread eagerness to reach the first of January. This is perhaps best illustrated by the popular No Such Thing As A Fish podcast. In years past the podcast team have released a highly popular ‘Book of the Year’, containing some of the more entertaining and informative aspects of the year past.[i]  This year, there is no book of 2020, given the domination of world news by the pandemic.

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We need to connect again

How has lockdown impacted your personal friendships and relationships? It is probably true to say that we are all past the first stage of the pandemic, where confinement was a bit of a novelty, and we were taking crash courses in video conferencing. There was a resolve to show our better side; we advised how to connect with vulnerable neighbours, volunteered for local hubs, and exchanged tips on how to stay entertained while forced to remain indoors.

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