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The selective virus


Thanks to Louisa Livingstone
“.. allowed to share text but not the name, for obvious reasons.

I’m ready to fight this tooth and nail. I’m so tired of parents putting their fear onto the kids. The kids are only scared because of the parents.

Let me put this into perspective for you… I’m a police officer in London, we have briefing in a room with 30 other officers, we share a locker room (Male and female), we all walk around the same base swapping over from team to team at handover so sometimes you can mix with 60+ people when shift change over happens not to mention sharing the same vehicles, the same radio batteries, the same doors, computers etc. We then do it all again at the end of our shifts, so again mixing with a further 30+ people sharing everything etc.

Plus then you have the extra officers who have been drafted in from their regular duties to help out and who you don’t mix with on a usual shift etc. Not to mention the people we have to deal with on the streets and the other officers we meet out and about. And when we are taken for aid (duties up town in London) we then share a carrier with sometimes 10 other officers who you don’t normally work with, or have never worked with and could be from another borough.

BUT… only 2 people have had it (confirmed). Surely the police service should have come down with COVID19 now? We got given no PPE except gloves and hand sanitizer (with no alcohol – we had to provide alcohol gel) then eventually we got given masks if we wanted them.

I ended up walking through the COVID A&E department with no mask because we were searching for a high risk missing person!

And one final thing. I have asthma… and the inhalers I’m on make me “high risk”. I’ve been working throughout. Not once have I shielded. I mean I’m pretty sure I had it in December but I can’t prove that.

So why has this virus not attacked me? Are the police completely immune? Does our job make us immune? If the police can still work with no changes throughout the pandemic then surely the teachers can? Surely kids can go back to school with no changes?”

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