No-one can have escaped the constant information coming at us at an alarming rate.

Of course we have to be informed in a calm and sensible way, but the media in all its forms, as usual, has got everyone running around in an uncontrollable way.

The horrendous scenes of people actually fighting over toilet rolls is despicable.

There are many people in our community who may be undergoing Chemo, or have low immune systems whose lives rely on being able to access certain products such as hand sanitiser, they are being left feeling unprotected by the sheer selfishness of others, people who no doubt will have boxes of hand gel in their homes, most of which will never be used.

I find the whole thing incredibly sad, it is indicative of society today, the ‘I am Alright Jack,’ brigade, not giving a thought to others at all.

This morning I listened to someone from the World Health Organisation, suggesting that if you are older you need to stay in doors, that it is older people who will suffer most.

We already have a society who thinks we are a nuisance, that everything that is going wrong is somehow our fault. we have families totally disregarding older family members, of shutting them out of the lives of their family, just because.

I have parents/grandparents contacting me so anxious, wondering if their family members are safe and OK.

Are those adult children, wondering about their parents?

There is no doubt that this is very serious and we must all be sensible, but we mustn’t allow anyone whatever their age to feel isolated and alone, as human beings we need each other, we need that connection, we need to care for others and to have someone care about us.

If you know of anyone who maybe feeling anxious, pick up the phone, don’t text we all need to hear that human voice.

If they need shopping offer to do it for them, make them a cake it isn’t difficult.

Maybe we need a news blackout?

Information should only be on a ‘need to know’ basis.

As individuals we can’t stop what will happen, but we must behave in a sensible, responsible manner.

Take care everyone.

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Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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