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What happens once you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19? Are you safe to mix with other people? Can you go down the pub and visit family and friends. Can you go on holiday abroad? Will life return to normal? The answer to all these questions is a generic, probably not! Covid-19 (and its multiple variants and more variants to come) is liable to be with us for a long, long time to come. In fact, it may well end up as another respiratory disease, like the flu, which will go dormant in the summer and then re-emerge in the winter to kill so many thousands worldwide as does the flu to so many every year.
But there is a little bit of a glimmer of a silver lining to this dark pandemic cloud. The flu, it seems, has not been killing as many people as usual. And why is that? Well, dear reader, think about it. We are mostly doing what we can to mitigate the possibility of catching covid-19 by washing our hands more, wearing masks and being socially aware of each other’s space and keeping our distance. And the result of this is not only less flu deaths it’s going some way to limit the effects of covid-19. However, I have to say the silver lining I mentioned earlier also has a downside when people ignore the current restrictions.
During a long walk this morning along the walkway on the coast here in Paphos, right up to the sunset point of Paphos
I sat at the round plaque that marks the sunset point of Cyprus. A man pulled up in a Mercedes. Got out, his face mask hiding his chin, but revealing a nose and mouth… he disappeared round the back of the small chapel, came back to where I sat, looked out to sea with his back to me, luckily, and then he sneezed loudly, and wetly. He wiped his nose with his hand and then proceeded to wipe his hand on his jumper. At no point did his mask get used to stop the sneeze. I ask you. What is the point of the mask? Keeping his chin warm? I got up and left him to it.
Okay, he is an exception to the rule… well, no he isn’t. When I had my vaccine jab on Saturday there was a similar guy wandering around and mingling with people waiting for their jab, with his mask also acting as a chin warmer. It only takes one sneeze from an infected person in a crowded room. So, if you get my drift, dear reader, then you will begin to understand that this highly infectious virus is going nowhere and will keep resurfacing again, and again, and again.
A vaccine for all season isn’t going to happen because while there are people still willing to risk catching the virus, it will mutate happily and we will never be rid of it, certainly not in my lifetime.
Copyright © Tom Kane 2021
Since I moved from the UK to Cyprus in 2008 I have seen Cyprus face and weather a worldwide money crisis in the very year I moved, a local banking crisis in 2013, losing one of my beloved springer spaniels, breaking seven ribs and finally a pandemic. And with so many other minor difficulties island wide as well as on a personal level that crisis management is a way of life. My book A Pat on His Back tells of my move to Cyprus and how I adjusted to living in an unfamiliar environment. My book series, Living in Cyprus 2013 to 2020 is an ongoing dialogue of what it’s like living in Cyprus and facing these difficulties with a good heart and hopefully with a smile.