This might be as bad as it gets.
But there again it could get worse and whether or not it does it’s down to us.
The numbers are something else. In the 7 days to 4 Dec 20 Histon & Impington recorded 6 new infections. In the 7 days to 4 Jan 21 it recorded 80.
We all have our fingers crossed that the vaccine roll out goes well and protects us but that will take time. In the meantime we’ve got to do what we can to reduce our infection rate. This means following the rules and maybe going a little further. We should think what our currently normal day-to-day activities are and ask which may now take place in a more Covid compliant way.
Chris Whitty said today … ‘it is really important that everybody, in every interaction that they have, every day for the next few weeks, thinks: do I really need to do this?’
On the other hand we should absolutely not second guess the rules. We are an opinionated community which by its nature asks questions and challenges authority. Now is not the time for that. Follow the rules. Remember: hands, face and space. No compromise. If we don’t more people will become infected, more people will go to hospital and more people will die.
There is good news. Our shops are open as normal (where allowed to so do). We thank them and their employees for that. Let’s go further and make it easy for them to operate safely by strictly following the rules and normalising good Covid compliant behaviour.
The community has done well to support itself and the network of street coordinators can provide help and support where needed. If you don’t know who your street coordinator is please call the HELP line on 01223 320420.
If you need specific help please call one of the other numbers below:
Prescriptions: 01223 651518 to collect a prescription for you
Food parcels: 01223 233492 if you and/or your family need help to buy food
Mental well-being: 07922 083991 if you or someone you know needs support
Transport: 07982 108927 to take you to get your vaccination
HELP 01223 320420 for any other Covid related matters
Please remember: if there’s an emergency dial 999 straight away.
As a community we can remember the relative good times of last summer when we had lots of opportunities. Our problem now is a combination of cold weather and the new strain but there’s no reason why we should not enjoy this summer as well. But we do need to be strict with the way that we follow the rules in the meantime.