From our Swindon Correspondent:
Someone pointed out on Question Time that the number of deaths from Covid-19 in the UK was less than the number of people who drowned last year, so maybe, we’re overreacting.
This got me thinking about our reaction to new things. When Islamist terrorists started blowing themselves up in cities around the early 2000s, it was a huge shock. Islamist terror was a new thing. Many people didn’t fly for a year after. We poured trillions of dollars into fighting wars that didn’t eradicate it. After a while, after attacks in many other cities, we got used to it being a thing. It became largely normalised as one of life’s risks.
I feel we may be going through that a lot here. Covid-19 is a serious virus, probably worse than a flu in terms of deaths, That’s been a shock to us, and we struggle to process these things. We have a propensity to apply more caution until we know what’s happening. After a while we adapt to the change.
I’m sure it’s going to take a while to come out, and then, maybe a few false starts, but at a certain point, even if we haven’t cured it, people will start living again. Maybe we’ll adapt like we added more baggage security at concerts after terrorism with more hand sanitiser and masks being work more on busy trains.
I feel like we’re already starting to come out of that high caution phase and into something that’s more about trying to return to normal.