Applauding the NHS

A quiet day in the home office today, in contrast to yesterday I had just one meeting; a team social to keep everyone in contact while we all work from home.

One team member prepared a quiz with questions from the British Citizenship Test. All the questions were based on British history, such as who is the famous English, Elizabethan playwright?, and which British sportsman won five consecutive gold Olympic medals in rowing? (Shakespeare and Sir Steve Redgrave). I’m quite a fan of British history so was pleased to have won the quiz. There were three out of the 30 on the call who scored 11/15, however I answered the questions quickest out of the three top scorers, so claimed the trophy (it would have been 12/15 if I’d have got to the first question in time!)

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After the quiz I decided to take my “one daily exercise” allowance and walk to the Iceland frozen food store up the road. I was almost out of milk and bread, luckily they had both in stock, and I picked up some other bits as well, including my personal favourites, chocolate Hobnob biscuits and Jaffa Cakes! Life in lockdown is much more bearable with hobnobs and jaffa cakes.

I managed to dig out the rest of the space I needed for my compost bin later in the afternoon, then spotted my neighbour sat outside his house when I was finished. We had a good chat about the surreal situation we’re living in, while keeping a good few meters apart over the garden fence, before heading inside again for the government press conference that’s become a daily 5pm routine. Today, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, put in place a bailout scheme for self-employed people who were unable to work because they have to stay at home. They’ll now get 80% of their annual profits paid by the government for the next three months adding another £9 billion to the aid package the government have put in place.

The rest of the evening news was given over to a campaign to give the doctors and nurses working for the NHS a round of applause. Every household was asked to open their front doors and clap at 8pm. TV news crews covered it around the country and neighbours could be heard clapping along the street and neighbouring streets. It was a really moving and emotional experience with the whole country showing their appreciation for those putting their own lives at risk to save many others.

 

Work isolation

My employer has put in measures to protect staff and the business from Coronavirus. Everybody who has the ability to work from home has been split into two groups.

Group A can go into the office over the next two weeks (or work from home if they prefer), while Group B must work from home and are not allowed into the office. After two weeks the groups swap around with Group A being banned from the office and Group B having the option. This way, the two halves of each team/department will not come into contact with each other and so if the virus spreads through the office, only half the staff will need to be off at any time.

I’m in group A, but I’ll be working from home anyway because of the self-isolation. Still no change to Chloe’s cough, and no other symptoms for her or the rest of us.

 

 

Self Isolation

I called the school this morning to tell them Chloe would be staying at home in line with the new government advice. I’ll have to stay home too to look after her. Luckily I regularly work from home and so it won’t be an upheaval for me.

Chloe was in good spirits. While she was upset at first, at the thought of not seeing her friends, the prospect of being part of the latest trend, living the buzzword – self-isolation – was quite exciting for her. The cough is only very minor, she’s not otherwise ill and is in good spirits.

I spent the day in the dining room, where I turn the table into my desk with my work issued laptop hooked up to a TV screen. Chloe played with her toys in the livingroom and her bedroom and watched some TV. We played together for a while in between my meetings. The whole thing passed without incident. Just six more days of it to go before she can return to school and see her friends again.