Hello all, and yes, welcome Fedupwithcovid, I am glad you are here.
I want to say, I hear the pain felt by those who cannot visit with family and friends they miss so very much. I have seen people speaking about it, news mostly, and it is heart-breaking.
many times I have sworn out loud to hear someone has been denied an exemption to visit a loved one, who is sick/dying, while others, not in such circumstances are granted exemptions.
I can imagine myself crying, 'why?' I don't know if people can ask anyone, "why?", or if the way people learn they are refused is via a blunt note or what...I'm just sure it is most frustrating, disappointing, and disheartening.
I don't even know if there is a way to appeal. Or time enough, in the event a rellie is dying.
It is understandable to me, when people try to cross the closed borders anyway.
I do get anxious and worried to hear someone has succeeded and has tested positive for COVID-19, and they have been in near-by locations. I think how quickly COVID-19 spreads from person to person, or several people, as we have seen.
My ability to cope has been under strain and I am concerned about how much more strain I can deal with. I'm trying, putting in a lot of effort, and I am constantly tired, as if this is taking a lot of my energy reserves just to cope with each passing day.
I feel I am on your side. I want what you need. I wish I could give it to you. I would take more time stuck in my flat if you could go and be with your distant &/or friends.
We can only do every small thing we can to get this virus down to such levels that it can be managed without so many restrictions. Remember, if you can, get vaccinated, wear the horrible mask, keep a wide physical distance from otheres where possible, use hand sanitizer, yours or theirs, wash your hands when we all know we should, use the QR code, if you can or be sure to record your presence where you are, shopping or whatever.
I think, don't rely much on being able to remember where and when you went anywhere - keep notes. That way, you can check your notes or give tracing staff the notes, if you need to. I am amazed how I forget exactly where and when I have been somewhere, and I am not going out unless I absolutely must.
I have found, under stress and having anxiety or depression, or well, any mental health concerns, makes it harder to keep track of things, almost everything!
Okay, I'm running out of characters I can have in this post ... & I am surprised this time.