Self isolation day one

Yesterday I made the calamitous mistake of going up to my local medical centre and asking them to test if  I had coronavirus. My PA Alistair was concerned that I had a very slight cough recently, so I thought it would be a good idea to go  check it out, just to put his mind at ease. Once this new virus had been ruled out, I reasoned, my life could continue as usual. However, it was then that my  plan backfired badly: upon getting to the medical centre and explaining the situation, I was told to go straight home and self isolate. They didn’t even  test me.

So now here I am, stuck at home, with only the internet for company. My usual daily wanderings  have been ruled  out for a week at least. I  have no idea how I’ll cope, but at least I have the solace that about half the world is in the same position. What a  mess we’ve all found ourselves in.

6 thoughts on “Self isolation day one

  1. Hi Matt

    I dip in and out of your blog every now and then, and often enjoy your posts.

    I was concerned about a post you made a few days ago, though, where you wrote how it was “laugable” how worked up people are being over Covid-19 and stated that “most will only be mildly effected, yet everybody seems to suddenly think it is the worst thing since the plague.”

    I could not, however, believe what I read here. The medical advice is clear: if you have the symptoms of the virus, you stay at home and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. For weeks the public has been told not to go your GP or a hospital if you have the symptoms. Why did you arrogantly think that you could ignore this advice?

    If you did have the virus, you would have endangered many other people who were at the medical centre at the same time of you; be they the elderly, or those who have underlying health problems, or those employed at the centre.

    Yes, many people who have the virus may not even realise that they have it, or will have only minor symptoms; but if they come into contact with vulnerable people, or spread the virus on to a ‘healthy’ person who, say, has a loved one they care for who suffers from cancer, the virus will pass on to them and there is a very real risk they will become very seriously ill. This is why if you have the symptoms, even though you may be ok yourself, you need to self-isolate, in order to protect others.

    As somebody working in the NHS, I find your views and actions really worrying. With the greatest of respect, I think you should read some of the interviews are articles written by NHS staff who are at the forefront in fighting this virus to get a proper understanding of just how serious a moment this is for all of us.

    In any case, I hope you feel better soon and find things to keep yourself occupied over the next few days.



  2. Mo, I understand your criticism. I simply wanted to check whether I had the virus, and going to the medical centre seemed the most obvious way to do so.


  3. But the situation in the UK at the moment (widely publicised ) is that we can’t just get tested to “check if we have the virus”. Believe me most of us would like to be able to do that, esp those of us who have vulnerable people in our family who need our support. And all the advice, again widely publicised, is NOT to go to the GP or medical centre for exactly the reasons Mo states above. I can’t believe that you have not heard this. 😦


  4. IF you have your own garden or balcony. It isn’t a matter of ‘being allowed’, it is necessary for society, especially when you have been told by a health professional.


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