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Tanni’s View


Baroness


Grey-Thompson DBE writes for Ability Needs


W


hen we were in the midst of Brexit, I thought that we were in strange and challenging times. It seems that that


was only the preparation for the current state of the world. Don’t get me wrong, Brexit wasn’t a bundle of laughs with the huge amount of paperwork that seemed to build up every week, but there is so much uncertainty right now. With Brexit most people who made contact with me seemed to be angry at everything. COVID-19 is different in that some people are either taking it really seriously or thinking that there is nothing to worry about. Social distancing is a new thing and many, like


myself, were incredibly frustrated that so many people seemed to head to the hills and countryside without thinking it through. It is really


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important that people remain active through all this, but there is a limit to what that means. I think I would rather people be like Elisha Nochomovitz (who ran a marathon on a 7m balcony in six hours and by my reckoning that is about 6,000 up and downs) than what I saw in public parks where giving each other space seemed to be completely ignored. If people don’t take social distancing seriously then the next step is going to be lockdown and that is an entirely different world. One of the things that has shocked me through


this is how few people wash their hands after going to use a public bathroom. And if that is what they do in public bathroom what do they do at home? Seriously people, just wash your hands properly. Not just when you go to the bathroom, just quite a lot more than you do. In recent days


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