A letter from April 7th, 2020

Dear FutureMe,
I took this from someone's Facebook. It is a crazy time we are living in. Please g-d by the time I read this again things will be different.

Iโ€™m adding this to my status so every year it will pop up on my memories. This is so I will NEVER forget the way the world changed in 2020...

Queen Elizabeth II ๐Ÿ‘‘ addressed the nation at 8pm on Sunday 5th April. Shortly after this the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital himself with Covid-19. On Monday 6th April he was admitted to Intensive Care.

The PM had previously implemented a lockdown across the country on the evening of Monday 23rd of March 2020 โ›”๏ธ.

Excel in London is now known as the NHS Nightingale and will be a hospital for up to 4,000 patients, most of whom are on ventilators suffering from Coronavirus (Covid-19). Similar venues are being used in cities across the country. Opened by Prince Charles at 11am Friday 3rd April.

Community support groups established, to support the vulnerable, elderly, immunocompromised and people in enforced isolation due to exposure, in their community ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป

From Thursday 26th March at 8pm and every Thursday night thereafter, we all stood united on our doorsteps, balconies and open windows and applauded and cheered for all our amazingly brave NHS staff ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ who so courageously and selflessly battled on to try and save as many lives as possible โค๏ธ

Petrol โ›ฝ๏ธ price close to home ๐Ÿก was ยฃ1.03 per litre for unleaded.

Schools closed on Friday 20 March, potentially for the remainder of the school year. ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Parents were home schooling and teachers were doing remote learning using apps like Zoom for a virtual lesson.

Social distancing measures required of a minimum of 2 meters โ˜น๏ธ

Tape on the floors at grocery stores ๐Ÿฌ and others to help distance shoppers ๐Ÿ›’ from each other.

Limited number of people were allowed inside stores, therefore, queuing outside the store doors, still 2 meters apart ๐Ÿฌ

Non-essential stores and businesses mandated to closed ๐Ÿšซ People who can are instructed to work ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป from home ๐Ÿก

The Government Paid 80% of wages to all employees across the country who were furloughed due to Covid-19.

Every airline โœˆ๏ธ grounded either all or at least 85% of its fleet. All crew were grounded and some used their skills to work for the NHS in Nightingale Hospital, the Ambulance Service, 111 telephone handlers or community support.

Air pollution improved. Rivers cleaned up. City & traffic emissions reduced. โ™ป๏ธ

Parks ๐Ÿ• trails, entire cities ๐Ÿข closed or restricted to locals who can get there by foot. Not permitted to drive anywhere to exercise.

Entire sports โšฝ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‰ ๐ŸŽพ seasons cancelled. No Wimbledon, no end to the Premiership, no Boat Race, no London Marathon. A virtual Grand National was held on 4th April 2020.

Olympics postponed to 2021.

Concerts ๐ŸŽซ tours ๐ŸšŒ festivals ๐Ÿคน๐Ÿป entertainment events ๐ŸŽญ all cancelled

Weddings ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿป family celebrations ๐Ÿฅณ holiday gatherings ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ even funerals โšฐ๏ธ cancelled ๐Ÿšซ

Families got creative and found entertaining ways of passing time by doing Tik Tok videos or going Live on Facebook. ๐ŸŽฅ

Singers and bands played live sets on their driveways or on their balconies for all to hear ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿฝ

Households that canโ€™t see their friends and loved ones come together across the country by using Zoom or Houseparty to play games or host pub quiz nights.

No masses, churches โ›ช๏ธ are closed ๐Ÿšซ

No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, then 10 or more. Now, donโ€™t socialise with anyone outside of your home โš—๏ธ

Children's outdoor play parks are closed ๐ŸŽก

We are to distance from each other. Shortage of masks ๐Ÿ˜ท gowns ๐Ÿฅผ gloves ๐Ÿงค for our front-line workers.

Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill ๐Ÿค’ in many parts of the world. Formula 1 racing teams and Virgin Galactic designed and produced ventilators in the space of a week.

Refrigerated trucks for the dead outside hospitals in the USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ and more.

Panic buying ๐Ÿ›’ sets in and we have limits on toilet paper ๐Ÿงป disinfecting supplies, paper towels, staple foods, hand sanitiser ๐Ÿงด Flour is hard to get because the packaging comes from China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ and borders are closed ๐Ÿšง

Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses ๐Ÿข switch their lines to help make visors, masks ๐Ÿ˜ท hand sanitiser ๐Ÿงด and PPE ๐Ÿงค

Fines are established for breaking lockdown rules ๐Ÿค‘

Stadiums ๐ŸŸ and recreation facilities overseas open up for the overflow of Covid-19 ๐Ÿฆ  patients.

Public Park ๐Ÿ• areas turned into caravan parks for stranded tourists to self isolate ๐Ÿš

Press conferences daily from the PM ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป and other government ๐Ÿ› officials. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths โšฐ๏ธ

Government incentives to stay home. Barely anyone on the roads ๐Ÿ›ฃ

People wearing masks ๐Ÿ˜ท and gloves outside ๐Ÿงค

Essential service workers are terrified to go to work ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฒ๐Ÿป that includes Registration Officers dealing with Death Registrations all day, every day over the telephone ๐Ÿ˜ข - all other Registrations - Weddings ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿผand Births๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ on hold.

Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

64,727 deaths globally so far as at 4 April 2020. 4,313 in the UK.

This is the Novel Coronavirus ๐Ÿฆ  (Covid-19) Pandemic, WHO declared March 11th, 2020.

Why, you ask, do I write this status?

One day it will show up in my memory ๐Ÿ’ญ feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted ๐Ÿ’•

We have so much we need to appreciate that we take for granted.
Be thankful. Be grateful ๐Ÿ˜Œ
Be kind to each other - love one another - support everyone ๐Ÿฅฐ

We are all one! Stay home, stay safe. โค๏ธ

Written Apr 7th, 2020 • Delivered Apr 6th, 2021 • 975 words

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