That is the question…

This new variant of Covid is spreading like wildfire. At the start of the week I was in two minds whether or not to return to work. I have a slightly reduced airway, and I feel the difference in breathing even if I catch a cold. I did have a cold and scratchy throat over the Christmas week, and to start with I thought it was Covid. However, I had no fever, rash or cough, just the sneezes. It’s gone now, and I feel fine.

With Sam’s persuasion and my own common sense I decided not to return to work just yet. Yes, I feel guilty when I think of those poor nurses and doctors on the front line, but hey, I’m not indispensable – I just type clinic letters. I haven’t got a permanent contract, and can work whenever I want to.

Today a colleague who works in my office told me that two doctors in the department are down with Covid, and also one of the secretaries who works with me. Some other secretaries are off due to sickness or having to self-isolate, and that she was in the office on her own. I feel even more guilty now…

I’ve emailed my manager to ask her if I can work from home, but to give a Trust laptop to somebody as lowly as myself is probably never going to happen. However, I’ve asked, and if I don’t ask then I won’t know, will I?

It’s getting a bit scary. Some UK hospitals are close to becoming overwhelmed. Why on earth some people would think that Covid is fake news I can’t imagine.