I have a close relative (80 years old) who had a stroke four years ago which left them unable to speak (they think they can but just make noises, so they get very frustrated), left with reduced cognitive ability, progressive dementia, low mobility.
The care home is good (not NHS run) and they were reasonably comfortable and content. Family visited regularly, took them home for a few hours. A volunteer ‘befriending’ service visited a couple of times a week, took them out into the gardens, talked to them, helped them look through old photos of family and friends which they much enjoyed.
Then ‘Save the NHS’ happened. Family visits, volunteer visits stopped. A week before Christmas they tested PCR positive, ten days later it was said they had Covid (symptoms usually appear within six days), but they recovered after three or four days.
Subsequently they were vaccinated (why?) both doses. Now it is claimed they have ‘Long Covid’, but the doctor won’t/can’t visit because of restrictions, but diagnosed urinary tract infection over the phone (how? no sample was taken and tested) and prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics.
My relative is now deeply depressed, not eating, liquids only, doubly incontinent, stays in bed most of the time not even bothering with the TV.
The care home manager, having had both doses of vaccine has tested PCR positive, so has been quarantined away from work.
From what I read, the above is not an exceptional experience and there must be many more cases like this.
Vaccination, lockdown will not save my relative, will not save lives, but it’s not meant to, is it? It’s meant to save a State institution and political reputation; everything, everyone else is expendable.
The picture used in the propaganda of a sweet, grey-haired granny who looks fit enough to go on a back-pack trip round the Amazon Basin, is not a true representation of ‘the vulnerable’ and ‘the most at risk’, nor are they most at risk from a coronavirus – they are at risk from Government and those running it who have shown they have no empathy. If only there were a vaccine against them!