I don’t usually use my blog for personal matters, I only use my blog to help and since this effects at least 2.1 million people in the UK alone I figured I could use my blog for good.
I’m shielded. For me this is fine. I’ve migrated both companies online – it has impacted on my team coaching since that can be with 200+ in one room but apart from that I’m busier than ever with new coaching clients who are all over the world.
I’ve even created a set of online automated resources so I can make a residual income from my knowledge and coaching skills too. So for me shielding is not that tough, but that is not the case nationwide and I really want to know Boris when are you going to start talking about the 2.1 million people you locked up in their homes and told them not to leave at all?
Remember it is not just the 2.1 million people it is their families too.
Check out the advice on shielding here when we received the letter that said I couldn’t eat, watch TV, share a bed with my hubby or be with my family unless we were 2 metres apart at all times we took the decision to shield the family so none of us left the house at all. Not even going into the street outside of our house to look at the sea at the end of the road (Okay on VE day I did take a quick peak!)
If you read the guidance I don’t know many people that have 2 kitchens, multiple bathrooms or corridors that are over 2 metres wide so I know most shielded people have done the same.
So it’s not 2.1 million people I don’t hear mentioned at all in the briefings, it’s actually 2.1 million people and their families. Is that not a fair chunk of society?
I’m already hearing some awful stories;
Partners forced by their employer to go back to work so they feel like they are risking their partners life every time they step in the house. Shouldn’t updated Health and Safety policies be mandatory?
Shielded people living in just a bedroom and only leaving the room to go to the bathroom – devastated they can hear their family downstairs but can’t go to them.
People who are ignoring shielded advice and fear for their lives but they are also petrified they are going to lose their home so see they have no choice but shop in the cheaper stores and return to work.
People whose whole families are starting to suffer from mental health issues and shielded people feeling like a huge burden on their families because they feel like their illness has punished their families.
People are paying far more for less choice of food and getting up every week in the middle of the night just to place the food order.
(I don’t mind telling you how mortified I was to have to phone Tesco’s and explain the female products they’d supplied were not going to work and that they had caused a lot of awkward moments in my house – I’m confident enough to have that chat with Gordon from Scotland who works for Tesco’s but I hear so many stories where families are finding it hard to not get upset about the food not arriving as ordered – especially when I asked my friends if they could buy a list of food products I couldn’t and they said “of course, the shelves are pretty much normal.” Not for the shielded they are not!
Here is something important to remember about a vast number of shielded people. We aren’t all in bed dying (thankfully) many of us are in full time employment, running our own businesses (my business alone support thousands of people every month) going on holiday, exercising, helping in communities, supporting charities and living full lives.
We know that everyone has been locked down but for many they can see a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. Shielded don’t even get mentioned.
And since I don’t like to moan, but raise awareness to issues and find solutions, here’s some ideas for you Boris;
I’m sure there is a ton of things you could do but ignoring the shielded is heartless at least and criminal at worse.
Please feel free to share this article, give me your ideas on what could be done (realistically – the scientists probably don’t feel like they’ve slept this year) and I will add them to this list. Get in touch with your MP, write to your local paper. I’m one for making change happen so I hope Boris won’t ignore us.
2.1 million people could have quite a powerful voice right?