Saturday, April 11, 2020, Day 27, Week 4, of Self Isolation.

Global Cases 1,794,641
Global Deaths 109,920
UK Cases 78,991
UK New Deaths 917 Total Deaths 9,875

So I’m writing this on Easter Sunday. To try and make feel like a different day from all the rest I’m going to have a day off! I’m not doing any writing other than this. I’m not going on a bike ride and I’m not doing any cleaning. I’m going to read in the garden and cook us a nice Easter Sunday lunch, minus the pudding or any chocolate (we’re still trying to be good).

Yesterday the grim numbers of dead continued to rise. By the end of today, we will probably go over 10,000. I remember being so shocked a couple of weeks ago when Italy hit this figure. And now, here we are too …

I’m getting the distinct feeling that we are not being told the whole truth. They have started qualifying the daily announcement of the dead by saying that they are the figures for in-hospital deaths. We know that many people are dying at home and in care homes that are not being counted in the figures. I know personally of several people who have been persuaded by paramedics to stay at home or have been discharged early, when they have been desperately ill. Apparently, their oxygen saturation levels haven’t been low enough. And yet, we know that once people’s oxygen saturations¬† start to fall, it’s a sure sign that they are in the grip of the severe phase of the illness and can deteriorate and die alarmingly quickly. I read about the 19 healthcare workers who have died so far (I say so far because it is a tragic inevitably that they are only the first). At least three of them died at home.

In case we, or anyone we know get sick, and on the advice of a trusted medical friend, I have ordered a pulse oximeter on Amazon.

So, what did we do yesterday? Basically, we frittered away the morning and went on a bike ride in the afternoon. We did the 8 mile circuit and I felt it!

I follow Bon Appetite on social media. They posted an article on frothy coffee that looked divine so I decided to have a go. I put 1 tablespoon of good quality instant coffee, 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of hot water in my milk frother then poured it over cold milk and ice. Oh my god! Dirty, dirty dessert in a glass!

I made a chilli for dinner and we watched some more Messiah – we’re really getting in to that now!



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