In The Time Of Covid

It’s been 18 months given or take… so what lessons can we take away from ticking pandemic off our collective bucket lists?

Ten unexpected consequences of Covid:

1. Being a positive person is no longer the exclusive preserve of optimists

2. Being negative can be a positive

3. Wearing a mask in a bank is encouraged

4. You are being a responsible citizen not visiting your relatives

5. Working from home is no longer a euphemism for either ‘I am hungover’ or ‘I’m pulling a duvet day’.

6. Big Pharma aren’t necessarily the bad guys

7. Modellers don’t work exclusively in plastic and balsa wood

8. We all now know the first four letters of the Greek alphabet

9. In times of National crisis the Great British public aren’t worried about food, water, or heat but toilet paper.

10. Statistics can be interesting (I made that one up)

What about you guys? What surprises has Auntie Corona Virus sprung on you?

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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67 Responses to In The Time Of Covid

  1. My five eggs:
    Covid doesn’t care who it attacks. Don’t let your guard down, even if you’ve been vaccinated. The vaccine is not a cure and licence to do what you want when you want where you want, but it can help to protect and reduce symptoms should you come in contact with an infected person and not know it.

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    • TanGental says:

      All true. I’ve managed crowds in the last few weeks – at Lord’s for the cricket – and some people complied with the request to wear masks while moving about- say 20% – but that went up to 80% indoors- toilets, the shop etc. In the seats, being outdoors masks aren’t mandated and maybe 5% wore them. The test events showed there was no greater infection risk than generally but it is still there. I haven’t managed the tube yet though.

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  2. Oh, my experiences with Covid have led me back to analog work in a very banal way. I’ve been a fan of digitization and the paperless office for 20 years. Now I had noticed, that my involvement in particular motivates government agencies to correspond even faster. Lol I don’t have to have this boomerang effect either. 😉 Have a beautiful Friday, Geoff! xx Michael

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  3. Ritu says:

    Online shopping has been a boon!

    Liked by 4 people

  4. joylennick says:

    The surprising inadequacy of the human brain. Good friends thought to be clever, are suddenly virus/vaccine deniers. So sad. …

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  5. Sadje says:

    Great points Geoff.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. davidprosser says:

    My sadness/annoyance is a friend who denies Global Warming. Says it’s just that natural order of things ever thouand years, And you know this how? Just how old are you?

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    • TanGental says:

      Ah indeed so many deniers, so much to deny. ‘It wasn’t me’ is a well worn excuse that time hasn’t improved since I first tried it as a child. Adulting should at least give one the maturity to admit errors but sadly so many are still mewling infants

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  7. Interesting, got me thinking. I learned that I really cannot function properly working from home, my brain just doesn’t fire on all cylinders, and that I still need bits of paper for some things!
    Also that I can function for weeks or even months on end without ever looking at any news at all in any form. I was addicted to checking headlines every hour, now I just don’t bother.
    The most memorable thing so far: if ever there was anything more ridiculous than Boris giving his lifting of restrictions message from his then state of isolating, I’d like to know what it is.

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    1, All politicians speak in tongues.
    2, All public information and advice will be contradictory.
    3, If there is a pandemic, number one son will get stressy..number two son will catch it, number three son will cope
    4, Hospital Drs are more helpful and brave than GPs.
    5, Vets are more helpful than G.P.s
    6, Dogs have no concept of lockdown or social distance.
    7, A lot of people don’t have any concept of lockdown or social distance.
    8, There is always a numpty who will swear blind that Rona is a hoax.
    9, Two negatives don’t make a positive.
    10, It’s much nicer to be kind and helpful.

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  9. Gwen M. Plano says:

    1. Research everything. Listening to politicians is not research.
    2. Embrace kindness and try to find patience.
    3. Ignore mainstream media.
    4. Respect personal distance.
    5. Find ways to appreciate life.
    6. Value each moment.
    7. Tell people that you love them.
    8. Pray for our world, each other.

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  10. I realized that I could get along very well without interacting with my own species.

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    Experience beta early retirement of your husband who has been working from home for 15 months. It is as challenging as we always thought it would be to have us both home all the time!

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    Mine is: Never underestimate how selfish people can be.

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  13. It is very awkward to have a runny nose during Covid!

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  14. petespringerauthor says:

    Great list! I think we’ve learned how stubborn some people can truly be. By the way, I like that you made up #10. I remember reading “How to Lie With Statistics” in college.

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  15. Widdershins says:

    The human race has a split-personality narcissism disorder. (I think I just made that up, but it sounds about right)
    Truly thankful for the few close friends I have, none of whom have displayed the above disorder.

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  16. joylennick says:

    Thanks for the above, Geoff. all very interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Ah, Geoff, lessons from Covid. I’ve learned that I would hate to be a teacher and that even introverts need to occasionally see another person other than mother, husband, and sons. Hehe

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  18. My guilty secret is that I quite enjoyed, in the first lockdown, having so many things that I simply couldn’t do. It meant I didn’t have to feel guilty about not doing them.

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  19. If it wasn’t so true it would be hilarious. You did make me laugh. I’ve had this open for awhile but seem to have a wild case of ADD lately. Can I blame that on the vaccine? What have I learned? Some really smart people are really dumb. I’m going to get my booster when it’s time and I wear a mask and even gloves in places where people can get too close, indoors or out. Wishing you the best on Saturday.


  20. Great list and it’s nice to see the humor in it. I also just wrote on COVID. It’s been a huge lesson on personal growth.

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  21. Kim Sa says:

    Pandemic like Covid tests relationship. Those who are in LDR and unfortunately can’t meet have to test themselves how long can they survive. Couples who never had time to be with each other (busy at work or career) became stuck together and discovered they had so much differences and misunderstandings.


  22. The biggest lesson is that you can fool most of the people most of the time.

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  23. Big pharma hires scumbags to do its marketing campaigns and doesn’t mind costing lives to do so.


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