Covid and 2022

We have had a very difficult, very strange two years. The rise of Covid-19 definitely turned a lot of lives upside down and has created a great deal of uncertainty. Things seem to be getting better…then worse…then better again. So here is to another year, new beginnings, new restrictions and hopefully the resurface of normality.

Firstly, let’s look at some of the up-to-date statistics around Covid as we prepare to enter the new year:

On 29/12/2021
Daily positive test count – 183,037
Positive tests in last 7 days – 914,723 (41.4% increase)
Daily death toll – 57
Death in last 7 days (within 28 days of positive testing) – 516
Patients admitted into hospital with covid-related illnesses in last 7 days – 6,878

In regards to vaccines:
51,705,406 people have had their first dose.
47,324,308 people have had their second dose.
33,091,891 people have has their booster / third dose.

As you can see, there has been a recent rise in positive tests again over the recent weeks. I myself tested positive this week for the second time this year and will enter the New Year in isolation!

There is no telling what 2022 will bring. I know that we would all love to see some form of normality to rise to the surface this year, while at the same time, not wanting to get our hopes up.
I know here in the UK, we have been let down greatly by our Government over the last two years – Not following their own rules / guidelines on multiple occasions and not taking action from the very beginning. Their recent actions have caused many people to not want to listen to them any longer; which is understandable, but please continue to follow the rules to the best of your ability.

I know it is frustrating. I know it is not fair. However, the rules are there to protect you, your friends and your family and is it important that you do your part. Ignore those who are breaking the rules and putting themselves at risk and continue to stay safe and strong throughout the New Year. R

Remember that you are not alone. There are many who are in the same boat, many who care and many who are willing to listen to your troubles.
When my lateral flow came back positive this week; I was devastated. I booked a PCR and cancelled all plans; and my mental health instantly plummeted. I went from being happy and excited for the New Year and other events, to feeling isolated and alone in the space of 30 minutes.
I turned to Twitter to vent about my emotions and to my surprise, a tidal wave of support came flooding in from my lovely followers and many strangers! They shared their own stories along with some comforting and encouraging words and a couple of people have dropped me a message of two to check up on me.
This was truly heartwarming and was exactly what I needed to help pick myself up off of the ground.
So please, if you are struggling, reach out! Use social media, contact us here at SeeTheUniverse, rely on some of the wonderful charities that are out ther and remember… You can do this!

We wish each and every one of you a wonderful New Year filled with love, laughter and beautiful memories.
Have Hope Always,

From Aimee and the SeeTheUniverse Team.

Resources:

For up-to-date Covid Statistics, please use our Government Website Here

The Samaritans – 24hr support for those who are struggling.

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