Lockdown 3, Ireland

Ireland has gone into a very hard Lockdown yet again as Covid is rampaging out of control here. It is a scary time, especially to see our town making headlines for being a place with a huge spike in cases.

The lifting of a lot of restrictions to ensure that Christmas wasn’t cancelled seemed shortsighted then and an act of madness now.

It was hoped that people would take ‘personal responsibility,’ and I know plenty who did but unfortunately many didn’t and now we are seeing daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths rising drastically and healhcare settings pushed to bursting point.

It’s hard to understand how such trust can be placed in people to act responsibly. Maybe, the sociologist in me comes creeping out at times like this and memories of those classes on Social Order and Social Conflict that highlighted such different perspectives on how the world works.

My heart goes out to exhausted healthcare and other workers who are trying to deal with the very ill from Covid and other illnesses which haven’t miraculously gone away. And my heart bleeds for those who, through no fault of their own, have ended up hardly able to breathe or who have died.

Maybe, I am hard but I have little sympathy for those who went off meeting lots of people and who now find themselves in difficulty.

And, as for ‘Covid fatigue,’ the term even drives me nuts. Of course, we all want to be rid of this thing but being all upset because you can’t go to a big booze up just doesn’t cut it with me.

Let’s hope there are better times ahead and that everyone will pull their weight and act responsibly and with a little thought for greater society not just me, me me.

This IS going to take time so patience is required like never before.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

38 thoughts on “Lockdown 3, Ireland”

  1. No, there is little sympathy for those who simply wanted to party… but I definitely have covid fatigue and want it gone. I see little point in going through the hell of chemo etc to die in lockdown, without having seen the people I love or being free to wander the countryside in isolation in the little time I have left to do so. There are many terminally ill in that position now. A balance of common sense and compassion needs to be found.

    1. Hi Sue, it was precisely people in your sort of position I was thinking about when I wrote the post.
      I think the balance you highlight would have been a lot easier to find if the lifting of restrictions didn’t happen around Christmas which is so synonymous with reveling as opposed to more civilized pursuits such as you mention.
      Life certainly ain’t easy for many and I truly hope you get what certainly aren’t demanding wishes. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

      1. There are so many in this position and so few possibilities for them at the moment, Jean. I have no fear of what is to ccome, but I cannot imagine facing death alone were I afraid or uncertain.

        1. Well, I am glad to hear you have no fear and I fully agree with you about the millions who are terrified. One of my bestest friends is in that category and it is heartbreaking.

          1. That is indeed heartbreaking. I have never understood it, but I have seen it so often. If we have a belief in some kind of afterlife and we get one, then that’s great. If there is just nothing, ‘we’ wont be around to experience it, so why worry?

  2. We have been practicing the hermit life and only go out for an appointment , occasional grocery shopping, or to get gas (petrol) . We indulge ourselves by taking a rare short drive just to rejuvenate our senses. .Not being in crowds, mask wearing and washing hands (sanitizing) often. I just shake my head in astonishment that people throw cautions to the wind because they think that they will escape this scourge. It’s a very terrifying time for all in many ways…I’m with you in feeling no sympathy for those who are senseless and foolish putting not only themselves at risks but those who they say mean something to them by engaging in foolish actions…

  3. I share your concerns. I have not had a haircut in over a year. We only go out for groceries and try to do curbside pickup as much as possible. We did not see any family for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I am perplexed how some consider doing the right thing for the society as a whole as โ€˜losing their personal freedomsโ€™. The people who had no problem going out among large groups, unmasked and in close proximity to one another now have no problem calling on the overwhelmed health care systems when they find themselves unable to breathe.

  4. It is the same here in the States, my small town has had almost a 1,000 cases now, I will never understand the reaction of some people during this crisis. Today is my 289th day of staying mainly in my house, no haircut, no new eyeglasses, no dentist or actual Drs. appointments, a drive by flu shot. Twice monthly grocery curbside pickups, occasional rides to see what is going on around me. The first time in 73 years that my brother and I have not spent Christmas Day together. Watching my grandson miss his Junior year on his College Campus and those normal College experiences. My children taking a pay cut at their small company so the rest of the crew could stay on. It goes on and on, here’s hoping it will straighten out soon.

    1. I hadn’t thought of counting the days but had become very aware that medical appointments have become my only social outings and I absolutely hate them, even though I know they are crucially important and that I am fortunate to have access etc.

      How small is your small town?
      They estimate 1:20 have the virus here at present and we were a shining example of low cases in earlier surges. Definitely harder when you feel its almost knocking the front door down.

      1. Yes I too look at medical appointments the same way and I hate when we have to go for any of them…You hope you have good health and don’t have the need to have to go to the doctors/dentist for anything…

  5. Before I say anything else, I would like anyone who has “Covid fatigue” excluding Sue, I know where she is coming from. As I was saying, I would like anyone who has “Covid fatigue” to talk to our middle son who though on the mend is suffering from awful exhaustion due having had covid, caught from work.
    We had Lockdown at Christmas and we are still in the strictest lockdown now. Still the numbers are soaring and the hospitals are struggling. I get so angry with all those who flout the rules and selfishly don’t keep to the rules. Be safe Jean my dear friend…. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

    1. I’m sure your son could teach a lot of people. I think it’s people like him who could persuade better than those on high.
      I fully take your point about our friend, Sue ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

  6. It’s a wonder, Jean, that your political leaders wouldn’t take advice from a person or persons competent to speak on behavioural matters, along with expert health advice. That advice could then be factored in. That said, I’m not sure that Ireland would be alone in just keeping fingers crossed that everybody will follow instructions. It’s well understood that certain factions of the population will consider laws/regs someone else’s problem.

    I’m sad and disturbed to see the situation in the UK and Ireland, in particular as Ireland has neglected the health infrastructure for so long and has little or no slack. Hopefully the figures will soon reverse and fall as rapidly as they rose.

    1. I don’t think that it takes much expertise just a bit of observational ability and common sense. I’ll happily offer my sociological expertise – and won’t even charge- if they want it!
      There’s a real element of a hit and hope in all this and the ball is clearly landing on the sticky hurl of the virus.
      There’s been some great examples of micro leadership here in Tramore which has been very crowded since around Christmas and is now one of the hot spots. The most popular takeaway coffee shops down the Prom closed as they could see they were drawing queues that were hard to fully control but really what we have now is the price of crazy mingling in December and over Christmas.
      Depending on personal responsibility is clearly not a great strategy so change a losing game.
      Hope Jersey is coping okay.

      1. Trouble is, the beleaguered leaders need to account to the people and need to fall back on expert opinion. They’re in enough trouble without going off on a solo of their own.

        Yes it’s infuriating that maybe 95% of people are at least trying to follow the rules while the other 5% either can’t be bothered or try to bend the rules. Ireland’s not alone in this of course but I read that shebeens, with Sky tv, the lot, are doing great trade. Today a carload from Meath travelling to Ringsend for a burger, funeral crowds shoulder to shoulder, certain ethnic groups oblivious to any rules as ever ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .

        One positive going forward is that businesses – certainly here in Jersey – have been quick on their feet to adapt and that will serve them well in the future.

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