Thank you for not coming

The first time I saw the latest TV ad from the HSE (Irish equivalent of the NHS or OSHA) I was a little taken aback.

Some woman was being thanked by her neighbour for not coming to the party. Kids were thanking her for not babysitting. A colleague was thanking her for not going to work. All very odd I thought, given the season that was it in. But I was listening to it out of context.

I heard something similar on the radio and it reminded me of a boss years ago giving out to me for showing up for work with a cold. I’d worn my martyr mantilla that morning. He wasn’t impressed. I was sent home in case I’d infect the rest of the staff. I learned my lesson.

There’s also an RSVP campaign going on:


This all has to be balanced against getting on with life.

We need to learn to live with this thing. Staying home is not a long-term solution. Avoiding people, however appealing it may be for some of us, isn’t an option. We need to be smarter, more aware, more conscious of what our bodies are telling us. If we don’t feel well, we should stay at home. If we’re going out to go in, then we should take an antigen test before we go to make sure we’re not bringing more than a bottle of booze with us. If we all did that, it’d be a safer world.

In Ireland, the price of a DIY antigen test is less than a third of the price of a pint. In the UK, they’re free. In Hungary, they’re about 2000 ft (~ €5). Money well spent, I say.

Here’s to getting on with life.


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