Business as usual you say?
Usual SLAs still stand I presume?
We tune in for regular State of the Nation addresses
We tear up and are proud of our leaders’ Together Apart rhetoric
Even if Leo borrows some lines from the Terminator movies
There is an invisible serial killer with a penchant for the elderly and immunocompromised
But we’ve all heard the stories and we ask ourselves, will I be that outlier?
Will I be the physically active non-smoker, moderate drinker in her 40s that will be fighting for breath?
Wash your hands
Our Schools, venues, institutions
Everything not deemed essential services are closed
Social visits are out
Over 70s are being cocooned
Aggravated coughing will soon be a crime
Cancer and all non-Covid19 related treatments canceled
Diagnostics and elective surgeries deferred
Do we have enough ventilators?
Stay 2 meters apart
Separated parents may not see their children for months
Elderly and single household units may well die of loneliness
Homeless and people in direct provision are even worse off,
as if it were possible
Source basic provisions within movement limitations because there are
No delivery slots for online groceries until 2021
The digital divide divides even further
Rent freezes, mortgage supports, emergency welfare,
Non-essential industry gone with a stroke of a pen
Families’ entire income wiped out
Educate your children while holding down your job
Lucky for you to have a job this week to juggle
Stay at F**K at home
Self-isolate in your SOHO (small office home office)
Ping pong those emails as if the location of work has been the only change in our lives
Remember the CNN correspondent whose kids came into the room during his live interview,
Wasn’t it quaint back then?
Your employees that are taking the piss were doing the same before the virus
Their presenteeism disguised their incompetence
Most of us are trying.
Declare a full day or week off just for everyone just to get their head around the fact that
Life and work and society is no longer the same
Acknowledge the chaos, the uncertainty, the death
These are not normal times, this is our blitz
Our shelters are not underground but within 2km of home
This is a goddamn emergency
Business is so far from fucking usual