My Covid Quarantine UK Diary

March 24, 2020

I am an American living in London, UK during the Coronavirus / Covid 19 Quarantine. Yesterday was the first day that everyone who is not a key worker was told to officially stay home by the government. I am currently working in healthcare. Not all staff members are wearing masks and gloves etc.

Things to do at home during quarantine: Read books, knitting, sewing, play games (video games or board games), Skype with family and friends, teach your pets some new tricks, take naps, home workouts, stretches, good hygiene as in stay clean and moisturize, write out to do lists, learn new skills like drawing or photoshop, etc.

(I have been playing the new Call of Duty: Warzone – Plunder and teaching people to play Fortnite on the Nuketown map! This has been loads of fun to get our minds off of what is going on.)

List to be continued at later time or by others adding to it.

I will try to update my journal about this as often as I can. I think we were told this is for like 1-3 months but vaccines won’t be ready for like 18 months or rather if ever. So we could actually be locked down for 1-2 years. Seems like governments were slow to react all around the world. And also many citizens have not been following precautions. Hopefully the lock-down gets people to take it more seriously.

I am really sad about all the people who have died and all of the people who lost loved ones. I hated when everyone was making jokes about Wuhan, China as I really prayed for these people and wanted them all to get better. And I was scared that the outbreak would spread with the Chinese New Year. It is sad to see it actually has spread out of the country. And people are still not realizing how serious it is. I think we should all be documenting what is going on with it and how we are dealing with it. We are all in this together, the entire human race.

I am also very upset about all of the racism towards Asian people. I think blame is an easy answer for uneducated people. People who are sick don’t know they have it and by the time they have it, it is too late and they have already passed it on to others. This is what makes it extremely scary. If the virus started somewhere else I doubt there would be this much racism depending on the race. So I stand with the Asian people as an ally in this.

I have so many thoughts about everything going on but haven’t been able to collect them all. So this will be an open space for me to write about my experience. I hope that people will be understanding of it.

I love you all and hope you stay home and stay safe. For everyone who can’t stay home and must work I respect the hell out of you! Please everyone you do matter, you are important and you are loved. Even if nobody told you this today, I am telling you this!


March 3, 2020

Today was a very sunny day in London, UK. Apparently people were trying to sunbathe in the park and the police had to tell them to all go home and explain what a lock-down was as they thought they were on holiday and could do whatever they wanted. They didn’t understand they need to stay home and stay safe just because they felt okay. People can have the virus and not show symptoms and be able to carry it and it seems like many people are still not understanding this.

Also, the news announced that Prince Charles has Covid 19 at his age of 71. People wondered how he got it as we all thought the Royal Family would have been locked down in their nice mansions and castles away from us common folks. Praying for him and his family as his age doesn’t seem to be a good number.

The news also announced the youngest person to die in UK is only 21 years old. This makes me even more fearful for being 32. It seems people around me in the office have gotten sick and I am praying for it to be something other than Covid 19 as I have taken so many precautions while I have been at work. So I hope they don’t have it for their own family health and safety and for my own.

There were a lot less traffic this week in general in our city. Going to and work I noticed the buses are empty, less cars, and less people outside. I saw people waiting outside a local chemist but they were keeping their distance from each-other and I believe only a few of them are allowed inside at a time.

There have been a lot of people who have already lost their jobs. I hope the government is able to help the people.

It was also announced that they are going to try to get NHS staff tested for the virus. They have not mentioned private healthcare workers. And also that they want to get home test kits for the public.

– – – America has asked South Korea for either test kits or masks but I believe America is a large enough country with factories that they really should start making their own for their population which is the 3rd most popular country in the world. President Trump seems to not be accepting any responsibility, is playing the blame game, making himself and his friends rich, and not doing much to help the American people, as usual. Also, he is hoping everyone can go out for Easter, which is stupid to even say at this point.

Bill Gates recently has stepped down from Microsoft and got himself a new yacht.

Elon Musk is helping to make ventilators hopefully for hospitals. He already has top end ones in his Tesla cars which years before said if there was some kind of outbreak of some sort his cars could clean that air. Hopefully he can get factories working on that and maybe even some masks. We are all waiting for Elon to save us as we feel are leaders are failing us and acting too slow. Elon it might be a great time to push the Mars agenda!

— Today I had work, less people seemed to understand that I am new and doing above and beyond what my training has called for at this point. I had a nap after work to relax. And I need to go in earlier as my coworkers are out sick. I got to play some Fortnite with my hubby, brother and nephew. We had some fun for a bit playing the game and having time to relax and make some memories together.

My neighbors cat tried to kill a pigeon in our backyard again. My cat was happy to see my neighbors cat as we haven’t seen it much for the last few months, maybe it was indoors during the colder weather. Also, my neighbor has recently been making a bit less noise with producing his music. At Christmas time he must of got some speakers as since each day he has been blasting the same song he has been working on with adding bits to it as it goes. I just thought being in the music industry he would have used headphones and not speakers to blast it to his neighbors.


March 25th, 2020

I am new at my job, and was left to training by a temp who has been there for 1 month as everyone is at home sick. So I hope they don’t have corona and I hope I don’t get it being the only full time member of staff at my position.

Today I talked to my friend who now lives in Texas. He had an Amber alert sent out to him about Covid 19 and staying in while we were chatting. He sent me videos of how people in India are being beaten by sticks by police who go out and do not stay in. Maybe the UK should do this too as people think it is a joke and don’t understand how serious it is. Yeah, sure you might feel okay but you might have the virus and not know yet, so please stay away from others just in-case so you don’t spread it. It would suck to know you spread it to someone and they died because you didn’t listen to advice.

Boris said no to ventilators because of Brexit but the NHS is also trying to maybe get ventilators that are recently being invented by a Vacuum company.

Trump is still telling people they should hopefully go out for Easter which this is so not true! It is still going to be around and since nobody seems to be listening and taking it seriously the vicious cycle is continuing to keep going around and spreading to more people and taking more lives that weren’t ready to go.

Bernie is trying to say if he was President everyone would be covered medically for it, which would be true, but he ain’t.

Prince Charles update is that he only had a mild case and has been working at his desk doing whatever it is that he does. Public is outraged that he was tested before members of the public who have already died from the disease and they are trying to say he didn’t skip the queue to be tested. Nobody believe anyone anymore.

There is supposed to be a spike with all the people who got sick last weekend turning up sick who are now going to be showing the symptoms. London is trying to make makeshift hospitals to deal with the rise in patients that they will be seeing. Not sure if this is happening across the country as well, if not it better.

Richard Branson apparently fired a lot of people. Millionaires are firing people and not giving them pay.

Companies like Whetherspoons are refusing to pay suppliers.

It is a messed up time currently. My thoughts are all scattered at the moment.

I haven’t really had much contact from home as well so that makes me worry too.

The best thing to do is just pretend everyone has it so you make yourself take as many precautions as possible.


March 27th, 2020

Today made for an interesting day….

Today I had a pharmacist tell me you can only spread it while you show symptoms. Which the news has been saying this is false. So I am not sure how he got his education then. Also, a woman my age that is healthy has died of the disease. So I am really upset to hear people my age that are health are dieing and have been refused testings and treatment. It makes me feel like this country is going to have me killed as they don’t want to help us and they have no information to give to us.

Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock have both apparently tested positive for Covid 19. They were said to have mild cases of the virus like Prince Charles. The public believes this is a lie that these 3 people in these positions all got mild forms of it. It would seem like at least 1 would have a serious case. So people still have no idea what to think about it.

Bill Gates has basically called Donald Trump an idiot because he should not be getting anyone’s hopes ups about going out for Easter and it all being okay by then.

People in the public and that are key-workers have died of the disease and have been refused testing and treatment while Boris, Matt and Charles all seen to have been able to get tested. So there is a lot of anger towards this currently.

I watched a man from the window of my job go down the street and try to open all of the car doors to rob them. Hopefully CCTV will be operating to fine these individuals who are not staying home and trying to take advantage of the situation.

There are false masks being made and sent out with the same brand names as major branded masks made in the same factories as fake clothes. So this is scary to know that fake masks are being sent out.

America has passed up China in most cases with the disease as of yesterday.

I don’t plan to go out this weekend at all. Plan to stay in. I pray I don’t die from this and catch it from someone being stupid and not taking precautions. I hope scientists around the world work together as China was withholding information to other countries about the disease.

– I will be playing some Fortnite with the family and my bestie tonight. Just so we can all relax, chat, and have some fun.


March 28th & 29th, 2020

Saturday I did an at home workout! Because I still plant to keep doing fitness. Then after I mostly played video games and streamed Warzone. We came pretty close to winning a few times, we would be in first place, reach 1 million then get passed up. This happened again on Sunday too. We didn’t play as well as a team on Sunday as we did Saturday.

I have not been outside all weekend. I do not plan on going outside except from on trips to and from work.

I asked someone who I thought was a friend about Covid 19 training at the hospital she works at. She said keep they basically been told just to keep 2 meters distance, and wash hands. Try to wear a mask when by patients if you can find one.

I tried a new game today. It was Goats of War. It was really funny, you are a goat with a gun attached and you shoot other goats. You can get rocket launchers. I fell off the map a lot accidental.

I also logged on to Fortnite but my ping was like 50 on PC not XBOX so I didn’t even bother with it.

I plan to have an early night today. I already feel tired and stressed about work tomorrow.

My cat was very clingy this weekend, she was a bit distant during the week. She kept trying to lay on my keyboard it was so cute!

Also, did some Skype with my dad!


March 30th and 31st.

Back to work at the moment again. Had a meeting explaining precautions to take within the practice.

On the 30th I did a home workout. Half of the workout instead of using actual weights I lifted a book instead as it was easier to hold from the sides than the adjustable weights.

Felt tired today, the 31st. Had a nap when I came home as felt really drained. My hours changed a lot over the last week. So hopefully now I will be on a consistent schedule with the times for my body to get used to it.

Played some Warzone today.

There have been a lot less people outside. Some people still don’t understand social distancing that well and are standing too close. Because there is less traffic on the road some people aren’t paying attention and being alert as usual. Some cars are speeding faster than usual too. Buses still looked really empty. Heard that the trains are still over packed as there are less trains so people can’t spread out. So Boris called out Sadiq about that last week saying it was an absolute mess. TFL has always had issues with not enough staff and certain lines always being an hour late in rush hour. Really they need to get a better program together to help train people up to be drivers.


April 4th 2020

It has been a week dince I have written.

Prince Charles opened the Nightingale Hospital for Covid patients. Him having it could have been a publicity stunt and for good marketing purposed to open the hospital.

Boris Johnson admitted to the hospital for precautions as he self isoloated with symptoms…

Kath Kidston has filed for administration. I bet a lot more companies will be added to this list!

Catherine Calderwoodin Scotland has stepped down after galaventing out and about outside and going to her 2nd house.

Work has calmed down a bit. Monday wasn’t as hectic, it still was but as much as previous weeks. Patients are staying ontop of their medication requests better. They are respecting telephone consultations and self isolation as in not coming in to the practice while having symptoms. If this is happening around the country this will be a good thing for us all.

There is a Windows 10 update rolling out that his breaking peoples hard drives for their PCs. Windows 10 is accepting no responsibility for it as well.

My cat has finally got used to the pattern. She is not obsessing with my hubby now that he is home and I am away. And she seems generally happy and alert when I am home. Less stressed so it is nice to know she has settled in her new routine.


3rd of May 2020

Wow, it has almsot been a month since I have updated this.

So now the buses are free in London for key workers to get to and from work. This has made an increase of non keyworkers getting on buses and making it less safe for the key workers. Also, trains are still packed, there are not enough trains going for the people that need to use them.

I think about 8k tickets have been handed out in UK so far for people violating quarantine.

I am struggling to figure out what is so hard for people to stay home for quarantine. I don’t udnerstand why so many people are ignoring it and doing whatever and think it is hard to stay home. We live in one of the greatest times every in human history with quality of life. You have a pc, phone, internet, netflix etc.

People who are in furlough and not fired should actually be happy. You are getting paid to chill at home. I don’t want people to fuck this all up when it is all over. People complaining about not working and staying home and wanting to work so bad might make us lose our holiday/ vacation days at work when we return. Learn how to appreciate your time off. I know a lot of you don’t like your coworkers that much anyways.

Also, a huge shoutout to the chronically ill. To the people used to be having to stay at home because of their illnesses. The rest of the world still doesn’t really understand all of you / us as I am also chronically ill.

A lot of people wanted to get a new job for the new year. They stayed through Christmas and the end of the year to get their bonuses and then they were going to be off to a new job where hopefully their would be less BS than their current job. A lot of people have had to put that on hold, and a lot of recrcuiters who most people think very low of are telling everyone that the jobs are on hold. Nobody really wants to hire right now even if they need to because they won’t be able to have their proper inductions and think it is unfair for those candidates. Hopefully people will find what they are looking for when quarantine ends.

How much longer does everything think being spoon-fed quarantine length is going to last..? The places that have opened up spiked in cases again which is common sense that it would happen. There have been thoughts to just open everything up and let natural selection take place with all the people who don’t want to listen and keep others safe and think they are more important than everyone else. This scares me as these people will infect so many people and not take and ownership of who they might get sick or kill and how it can domino to so many people. Also, I don’t want to die from it either when I try to take the best precautions I can too.

There have been a lot of analagies spreading around about teaching ignorant people about proper health and safety and how it can spread. People have used the urine chart, the sex chart, the STD/HIV chart, immunisation charts, etc.

Boris is out of the hospital, back to work and had the birth of his child. Everyone is wondering how Trump hasn’t caught it yet with all the dumb shit he does.

UK still has not approved any antibody or antigen tests for Covid 19. So I don’t understand if no tests are approved how can they trust the ones out there to confirm that people actually have Covid.

Playing Super Mario Bros. 3 Blindfolded

I figured.. what the hell!!! Why not!?!?!? So I decided to play Super Mario Bros. 3 Blindfolded because I thought.. Hell! How hard could this be!? I figured I would pass the first few levels and maybe the first world easily! Well it came to no surprise what I was actually in for!!!!

This game was played on a Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System which can be purchased at the following link!

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Gymming 2020

Okay! So while everyone else was taking the time off from Christmas to New Years I was in the gym busting my ass! Today was fun to see how many people still returning to the gym have fallen off track!

My gym was closed on the 1st of Jan! HAHA

2nd of Jan and since has been a lot of people on their phones.

Sitting on machines on their phones, sitting on matts on their phones, and my favourite.. there was a even a guy sitting on the bike on his phone… and he wasn’t even pedaling!!! What a waste of a machine for someone to be using

I guess their goals were to go to the gym, not workout at the gym! But.. hey! I ain’t gonna judge these people!

I get in, do my workout and get out!  Not wasting my time on these people anymore. Try to work around them the best I can and get them to move if needed.

Tonight I had my boxing class! My workout partner has improved a lot over the last month or so. So today I finally got to do real punches verses just doing little taps on the pads. Felt really good to punch harder!

Then after boxing was a core class! We call it bleeding abs! Because if your abs aren’t hurting from boxing they are going to be hurting in the class after!

I bloody love going to the gym!!!! People always ask me how I am motivated to go. Truth is am not. I just make sure I get myself there. That is one of the hardest barriers. And I get a routine set up from a personal trainer which really helps. So I can focus on what I want to work on and make sure I have perfect form so I ain’t doing anything bad for my body!

Keep up the hard work everyone! If you are taking your phone to the gym be aware of others that are putting in the hard work while you are taking your break so you can politely get the flying FUCK out of the way! Hahaha

 

Cyrano de Bergerac – James McAvoy

Last week the hubby and I went to see Cyrano de Bergerac starring James McAvoy. The show brought us a lot of enjoyment! The first half of the play had so much energy and London slang kept me off the tip of my chair! I swear if I didn’t move here I wouldn’t known what half of it had even meant!

I have always thought highly of James McAvoy especially because he is in a few of my favourite movies. So seeing him live on stage was fricking amazing!!! He is so talented at what he does! I love seeing an actor that can actually act instead of just getting type casted into the same exact roles. So thank you so much for being one of these actors!

If you get to see the show you are lucky because it is amazing! I think people waited after the show to meet him but couldn’t be bothered. We all just have to get on with our lives! Thanks for your talents and keep it up the great work!

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The rest of the cast did a great job too. I loved that there wasn’t much of a set so the actors had to be on point or it would have been complete and utter shhiiiit! hahaha I wish the 2nd half of the play wasn’t so sad and for them to speed up the war bit. But o well! Keep up the great work everyone!

Companies that value great receptionists will succeed!

First of all I want you to know that I have always loved being a receptionist. It is a role that I have so much respect for and I think a lot of companies do not understand the value and importance of the role.

There are plenty of businesses out there that just want to hire someone that is young and pretty. They say the receptionist is the face of the company. But do you want that face to be someone that is just to look at and incompetent? Not saying that all the young pretty faces aren’t hard workers but there seems to be this stereotype that these people are air heads, lazy and have no drive.

I believe that a company should hire someone who is passionate in this role! Someone who will greet your customers with a smile and develop a friendship with them and get to know them. Not someone that will ignore the phone ringing or pick up and act like they don’t want to talk to your customer on the other end and have a bad attitude.

Your receptionist is the eyes and ears of the company. They hear a lot of chatter and see a lot of situations that people elsewhere in the company do not even know happens. They overhear phone calls not that they are purposely listening in. But they hold more information about people that is useful to the company that other employees do not know how useful it can be.

An example would be if you had a client that was really upset and went out of the buildings in tears would you want to know about it? Would you want that client to think your company does not care about their goals and what they are after? This client would probably leave and find another company to do business with.

What I would expect if a situation like this to happen is for the receptionist to inform whoever was dealing with this client. They need to go out and sort this out right away. They need to be understanding and try to be more human instead of just pushing agendas on them. A little personal touch can go a long way. Take this client out for coffee and go over what the problem is so it can be worked on. Listening is huge and sometimes people can forget that their clients come first and need to be showed that care.

There are plenty of people that don’t respect or understand what a receptionist actually does. They forget that this person is the heartbeat of the company. They don’t just sit there and look pretty and say hello to people. They do a lot of tedious paperwork! I order inventory for the office. They make sure you have all of your favourite items in the office to keep everyone happy. Making sure outgoing post is sent out correctly and to the right people. Taking care of expenses. They are most likely doing many things at once and even ask if you need help with anything. How many times have you asked a receptionist if they needed help with anything or wanted to learn a new skill?

My goal of this article is that I want people to show appreciation to their receptionists. It is a role that is often undervalued at companies. Our role isn’t just to sit there and look attractive but to make the lives of everyone at the company better. Always helping and having a positive attitude.

I truly believe if a company lacks with having a receptionist that is respected by the team that the company is lacking in other places too. So if you are unhappy with your job, look to see how the company respects the receptionist and I think that will tell you a lot about who you work with and for.

 

 

 

Pokemon Sword & Shield is Awesome!

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Pokemon Sword and Shield are awesome!!!! I have gone with the sword version as a friend has gone with the shield version!

The game play through is a lot of fun and because I haven’t played Pokemon for a while there are a lot of new Pokemons to me. I absolutely love playing raids with my friends. It is so nice to play with my friends all over the world!

The only bit I was sad about is that they didn’t keep the pokeball interactive from my Pokemon Lets go Pikachu/Eevee game. You can use the pokeball controller to connect to Pokemon Go to collect rewards but you can’t walk around Pokemon Sword/Shield with the pokeball controller and catch Pokemon with it. I think Niantic missed out with keeping it consistent. But the game still remains a lot of fun. If you put a pokemon in your pokeball to connect with Pokemon Go the Pokemon will not level up in this version but you will still collect items.

The game is extremely enjoyable! A highly recommend it to anyone who wants to play the game!

You can buy Pokemon Sword here! (UK Link)
Pokemon Sword – Nintendo Switch

You can buy Pokemon Sword here! (USA Link)

Pokémon Sword – Nintendo Switch

You can buy Pokemon Shield Here! (UK Link)
Pokemon Shield – Nintendo Switch

You can buy Pokemon Shield Here! (USA Link)

Pokémon Shield – Nintendo Switch

Pay it Forward!

I truly believe everyone should pay it forward when and if they are able to! The act of kindness is what makes the world go round! So keep spreading kindness and helping out your fellow humans.

Life is not easy for the majority of people alive. It is so rare to have money in your bank account yet so many of you reading this do.

Whether you hold the door open for someone, keep a closing door open on the underground for someone running to make the train, buy someone a cup of coffee, or help find someone a new job it is all important. Make sure you keep doing these kind things for other people. And once it goes full circle and comes back to you it is very beautiful!

I used to be a really positive person. And I have had a rough year trying to find my place in this world. But there is one lovely lady that has done a small favor that has meant more to me than anyone would ever know. So for this I am very grateful as I was starting to lose hope in the world.

Pay it forward, you never know who might really be needed that little extra push, or act of kindness. Love you all!

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Puyo Puyo Tetris looks like a really fun game. My Tetris 99 community has been introducing the game to me and it looks like a lot of fun! I shall let you know what I think of the game.

You can buy the game below!:

Puyo Puyo Tetris (Nintendo Switch)

Okay! So the great news is that O absolutely love playing this game. At first I thought it was overpriced! But now seeing how many different game modes it has inside I am really happy I have this game. It has been so much fun playing!

I finally have a game I love to play on Nintendo Switch with my friends! I can’t believe it!

Chelsea FC: Stamford Bridge Guided Tour & Museum‎ Review

I recently went to the Chelsea FC: Stamford Bridge Guided Tour & Museum‎ with a friend. We had the London Pass so we decided to get there before the tours started. When we got there we scanned our card and got tickets for the 2nd tour of the day as the 1st tour was already booked up.

We started off in the museum as we had a little time to kill. The museum was filled with so much history about the team. We very much enjoyed it and we liked the interactive bits as well. A member of staff saw my kick and told me I should still play football in which I explained I was a goalkeeper in America.

After this we went for out tour. We were taken around the grounds by two members of staff. We got to sit in the stands in a few locations, see the press room and the locker rooms. They had an interactive bit where you could scan the player’s jersey and a bio would appear. This was engaging and cool!

After the tour you are spit out into a gift shop. Like any typical London attraction. This I didn’t mind but I was extremely disappointed when I found out they don’t have disabled toilets for their customers. I was told to go to a hotel for a handicap toilet by a rude member of staff. He wanted to have a really long conversation as he had nothing to do instead of understand the urgency of my issue. I had to go outside to a toilet in which I did soil myself a bit with some blood. I just find it unacceptable that a store of that size doesn’t have toilets inside or any signs to explain where the toilets are.

I have tweeted a few times but nobody at the stadium or customer service has even got back to me. They have not apologized for the embarrassment I have gone through. And not offered to buy me a new pair of underwear that can absorb the mess. I felt extremely embarrassed and didn’t return back to the store to purchase anything. I only texted my friend I was outside when he was done.

The tour was really well done. The museum was informative. The only negative was a rude member of staff and no disabled toilet in the store. I think there is no reason why they can’t have toilets on both floors in the store for the customers that really need them. It is a bit of poor management if you ask me.