• Sarah Skilton

Coronavirus COVID-19

Updated: Apr 23

In December 2019, the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province of central China recorded the first known cases of a novel coronavirus in humans. By the start of 2020 cases where being recorded in Italy and it was quickly spreading across other European countries. The UK recorded its first case on 31 January 2020 and by 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a pandemic.

15 March 2020

I am taking no risks regarding Ryan. We as a family have made the decision to actively distance ourselves socially and we are doing all we can to ensure he is safe. 

The ultimate aim of herd immunity is to stop disease spread and protect the most vulnerable in society. However, this strategy only works to reduce serious disease if, when building that immunity, vulnerable individuals are protected from becoming ill, for example through social distancing. If not, the consequences could be severe. Not enough is known yet about the virus therefore we don’t yet know if this novel virus will induce long-term immunity in those affected as other related viruses do not.

We have spent the last four years fighting for his life and I don't care if people think I am overreacting, I make no apology. If I cancel plans and events please understand this is my reason why. Stay safe. 💗

17 March 2020

As a family Duncan, Ryan and I are socially distancing as best we can for the next 12 weeks. I have cancelled my engagements and events and Duncan has been given permission to work from home. Both he and Ryan are in the high-risk categories for COVID-19 and as I am Ryan's carer I need to shield him and Duncan by limiting my exposure to the virus too. Stay safe and keep well. 💗

18 March 2020

So schools have closed to pupils but have to remain open for children of key workers. What about school staff who in high-risk categories or have vulnerable children or elderly parents at home? Are school staff themselves classed as key workers, can their young children still attend school to allow the school staff to be in work? Some parents can work from home, with the operative word being WORK, how are they to be child carers as well? No GCSEs or A levels exams this year. These are unprecedented times. There is no ideal solution to any of this and we must adapt and survive as best we can. Stay safe and keep well. 💗

19 March 2020

The takeaway message from today's press conference is that if we all play our part to socially distance and self-isolate where needed we may be able to "turn the tide" of the curve within 12 weeks. Can we do it? 

Of the 2,626 confirmed UK cases, 65 are known to have recovered. I am sure there are many more that have had the virus and are better again now but we are not tested, only those admitted to hospital are being tested so case numbers are not a true indicator of the real spread. Stay safe and keep well. 💗

20 March 2020

Further closures of business are being enforced as people need to listen to the advice and social distance themselves as much as possible. I believe there will be a full lockdown as seen in other countries. Do we really want to get to that point? Please stay home if you can and help to save lives. More funding has been announced for businesses and individuals so I have added the UK Government website below for more information. 💗

23 March 2020

I knew it was coming and I still want to cry. 3-week lockdown begins tonight. Please stay safe. 

24 March 2020

So, what we are going through as a nation is a tiny snapshot of how oncology families live for months and years. Losing jobs, struggling to juggle finances, avoiding germs, avoiding crowded places, keeping a distance from other people, not being able to go to school, not being able to have visitors or visit family/friends.  Living an isolated life. 

One huge difference between that and what we are currently dealing with is your child/loved one isn't fighting for their life - yet if we don’t change our ways! To get through this all we have to do is stay at home and enjoy our families. Enjoy a break from our busy busy lives and protect our loved ones. 

❤ Life will get back to normal again. We will savour everything we took for granted. Our family and friends will mean more to us than ever. We will realise there is a deep well of kindness in our communities. We will get through this. ❤

27 March 2020

Thank you to Teenage Cancer Trust South West and South Wales for telephoning us this afternoon to check on how we are doing and to ask if we had any questions regarding Shielding that we must now do for the next 12 weeks, as Ryan is on the extremely vulnerable list. 

It was reassuring to know we do all the right things and that Ryan is being well looked after. They said they would call again next week to check everything is okay before we go for his regular immunotherapy treatment on Friday 3 April in Cardiff. 💙

3 April 2020

Sat in an empty UHW Cardiff Hospital concourse (there is 1 other person) as I am not allowed onto the Teenage Cancer Trust Ward while Ryan has his cancer treatment. First time in 4 years he has gone alone. Strange times.

7 April 2020

I have always believed Doctors, Nurses, and health care providers are the real heroes. They have saved Ryan's life four times now, with Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, treatment for Sepsis and life-saving emergency surgery for Peritonitis. My biggest hero is Mr Darwish the surgeon and his team that operated for over 5 hours and gave me the news at 2am that they had tried their very best and that Ryan possibly had a maximum of 2 days it was 50/50 but the vast medical team in critical care saved him. I will never be able to thank the NHS for all they have done and all they continue to do. 💙

15 April 2020

UK coronavirus rules are relaxed for people with autism and learning difficulties. The lockdown measures have been updated after lawyers challenge them as 'discriminatory'.

The current lockdown rules in the UK state that you can only leave your house for essential travel or to exercise once a day. This has now been updated to include:

If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the house to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area - then you can do so.

This new wording covers, for example, people with autism that require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day - ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.

Do these new rules go far enough or do they discriminate against other groups? These are unprecedented times with no agreed rule book on how to proceed. It is a logistical nightmare to protect the community yet keep the economy from crashing.

I would love you hear your thoughts. Comment below or tag me on social media. 💗

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