My World: June 2021…
This is part of a series of articles where our contributors describe how they think things will look a year from now.
Having reached the age of seventy six I can put the Covid-19 pandemic into some kind of historical context by just using my memory.
Not only do I remember the early days of post-second world war Britain,
Back in the 1950s, before the vaccines for whooping cough, measles, and mumps were introduced, I caught all three in quick succession. This was regarded as normal for children and nobody seemed too worried about me. Then in 1953 there was an outbreak of ear infections in children. In serious cases it led to mastoiditis, usually in one ear. I got it in both. I learned later that the doctor thought I might die, my parents thought I would die, and I was in such pain that I wanted to die. I was saved by penicillin, the first antibiotic, still in its early stages of development.