Seeing close members of my family keeping social distancing. Find it upsetting seeing others break the rules on a regular basis.

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Mental health.

by Cathmac on May 08, 2020 at 06:20PM

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  • Posted by Myviews May 09, 2020 at 16:01

    Agree this is very difficult
  • Posted by Movingforward May 09, 2020 at 16:38

    People need to be able to see their families now. We all understand the importance of the social distancing and hygiene.
    People are now beginning to do this anyway and as far as I can see in a safe way.. outside. The Govt should be leading the way on this with guidance on how best to do it.
    Also some people may need to travel to see loved ones.
  • Posted by andymurray May 09, 2020 at 17:55

    Being able to see family is a good idea. Ok still maintain social distancing. It is hard for families, yes we have phones and video calls etc but It is not the same experience. Having a young child (1year old) who is developing social issues as he is seeing no other people day to day is hard. Even the shortest of meetings would help with this. I think we are doing the right thing being in lockdown dont doubt that for a minute but some change of rules is required to accommodate family meetings. Let's think of the elderly who perhaps dont have access to video calls or are unsure how to use the technology and are now sat at home completely alone with no visitors and no contact with the outside world
  • Posted by dishington May 09, 2020 at 19:53

    It would be lovely to be able to look after the grandkids to give their parents a much needed break. Also the kids would probably enjoy being with the grandparents. Taking into consideration that all family members are well.
  • Posted by FlufflyClouds3 May 09, 2020 at 20:10

    Not interacting socially is hard. Humans are a social species.
      BUT, and it's a very big but, why do you think these measures are in place? In 1920, the majority of the deaths from Spanish Flu didn't happen until after the summer when stay at home guidelines had been routinely ignored. And back then, people barely understood how diseases worked, today we have no excuse. And let's not forget, Spanish Flu had almost immediate symptoms upon the person being contagious. The main problem with Covid-19 is that that is NOT the case. And that means it could be even worse, especially with the huge increase in population since 1920.

      I do sympathise. I've been craving social interaction myself. But we CANNOT just be all "Oh, I'm sure *I* understand social distancing"
      Look if you're in an enclosed or semi-enclosed area it doesn't matter about your hygiene or your guests' hygeine or anything like that. Every exhalation fills the air with it, and they do that constantly for 2 weeks. And they might not even get ill afterwards either. THAT is the main risk of Covid-19. That's what 'pandemic' means, it's spreading uncontrollably.
      I know you're looking out at the sun and wishing you could spend time with loved ones. So am I. So is everyone in the country.
      But think about it, even IF, (and let's be clear, you don't ) you somehow knew who did and who wasn't contagious with it, do you trust every other household in Scotland to also understand? Because THAT is what this is all about. We need to think about everyone, not just ourselves and our own families.
      Because rich or poor, educated or ignorant, this is something that hits us all. And we owe it to both our families and ourselves to not infect them out of ignorance and naivity and that is, quite literally, what you're suggesting.
      To re-iterate, no-one knows if they have it or not unless they've been tested. And that's not going to happen since no country in the world has the resources for such. That means you need to take precautions and more importantly, EVERYONE ELSE needs to take precautions.
      Learn to use skype or another such program. Hell, even the dodgy, security-hole ridden rubbish that is Zoom would be better.
      These measures exist for a reason. Don't be arrogant and assume you, personally, can manage it. And if you can't not do that, consider if you trust everyone else in the country to and then realise that this is why these limitations exist.
      Let's not make everything much worse just because we're getting impatient. How will our generation explain it to the next if that's the case??
  • Posted by Maryallan May 09, 2020 at 23:44

    We could end up making the grandparents more vulnerable to the virus and then losing them which would be worse than not seeing them. People think it would happen to someone else and not them. Seeing my Dad attending a family funeral recently, was a wake up call as to how scared the older people can be and the only thing we can do to help is stay away from them- the opposite of what you'd naturally do!
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