Yes, I have to say that I really understand that will be something being faced in houses across the land - having been a full time carer to my mum who had a massive stroke in 2003.My aunty in her early 70's caught covid the week she was due to have her booster so obviously didn't have it. She has done childcare for some of her grandkids all through the pandemic and not caught it previously even when they've tested positive and none of them were ill when she was this time.
She needed round the clock care for the next 14 years that she survived to 90 despite all but it was in many ways a blessing she died before Covid hit. As I have no idea how she would have got through the past 18 months.
So I feel very much for all of those who are facing that situation right now having to balance their own lives and their family and the need to try to keep this disease away from someone who would inevitably be very vulnerable to Covid. Especially with many of the sources of help that were there diverted because of other more pressing needs.
If I harp on a bit about the care home problems it is this experience that makes me feel awful for those trapped by events into something that is well beyond their control. And it is easy for those who really only have their own lives to worry about to feel aggrieved by the restrictions that are stalling them without understanding something they will never have happily faced. Yet.