I actually spent Christmas at home. Tbh, even though it was only a week ago, it's all a blur to me now. Had some disagreement with my mum, and I can't even remember what it was about
. But I was seriously depressed (not over the disagreement itself - I was just depressed) and stayed at home for most of the Christmas week. When I did finally go over to my parents' (on the 28th December, I think), me, my mum and my brother went for a long walk. We found a street where nearly every single house was decorated - that might be a more common sight in the US, I dunno, but here it's rare and it did brighten up the walk.
Also went over to my parents for New Year's Eve. Not being able to go anywhere made no difference to us, as we never go out for NYE anyway. I'd rather stay at home, watching a film, which is exactly what we did. Didn't think much of the London fireworks/light display though - in fact I thought it was dreadful, but maybe it's just me being a cynic in my old age.
My cousin took a turn for the worse and had to be put into an induced coma. It wasn't Covid, though, it was the mysterious condition, which also made him unable to swallow. He is out of the induced coma now at least.
The new variation of Covid is scary. When it first appeared I was cynical about
it, but it appears to genuinely be 50-75% more transmissable. We are seeing 50,000 cases a day now, which is equivalent to America having nearly 300,000 cases a day. We are put in ever higher tiers of restrictions, and had a 4-week lockdown in November too. None of which did any good apparently. They will have to shut all the schools down this time, thus messing up a generation of children's prospects even more than before.
On top of that, the government is predictably messing up the vaccination schedule already. You'd have to laugh if it wasn't so serious. People who have got their first dose are now faced with a delayed 2nd dose or no dose at all, or even getting another vaccine which works on different principles to the first one. As somebody else said, giving two vaccines which work in different ways is a perfect way to build up vaccine resistance. The vaccine manufacturers didn't intend for their vaccines to be misued like this and from what I've heard are baffled and angry with the government.
Just have to hope, somehow, we can still vaccinate enough people to stop Covid. Otherwise I'm worried we'll be facing lockdowns every winter if we don't.
Okay I'd better go. Going over to my parents and already running late as usual <_<.
PS: I can't bring myself to wish anyone a happy 2021, but I hope it's less bad than 2020 at least. Take care, folks.
PPS: The weather has been bloody freezing. Still no snow where I am though