They say that a week is a long time in politics. Clearly a month amidst Covid-19 is a very long time indeed.
Only a month ago, while counselling caution, we were “celebrating” being in Level 1, anticipating the festive season, and hoping that imminent vaccination would enable us to return to some sort of “normality” as soon as possible. Now, we find ourselves amidst Level 4 and another national lockdown.
Covid-19 is highly contagious and deadly and emerging virus variants are increasing the transmission rate and the risk to health and lives, particularly for our elderly relatives and those who are vulnerable for other reasons. So, we must be do all that we can to minimise the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the transmission rate.
To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, we urge you to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel. Work from home if at all possible. Use local shops and services or shop online as much as you can. Exercise in a physically distanced way but don’t travel further than is absolutely necessary.
We are grateful for your effort and sacrifice to suppress the spread of Covid-19 so far. We’re all weary of the restrictions but we urge you to comply with them. There is light at the end of the tunnel. The rollout of vaccination is being ramped up and there are now more than a thousand vaccination centres open in Scotland. Targets include vaccinating all care home residents, NHS staff and over-80s by the first week in February; over-70s by mid-February; and over-65s and vulnerable groups by March.
Please stay home, stop the spread, and save lives.