Etikettarkiv: Covid-19

Friday turned out to be a boring day

Apart from the Opening of the Olympics. As always watching the parade of athletes is amazing, and outfits fun. Sweden, of course, made a fool out of themselves in the area of outfits. This year not even yellow and blue, we paraded in wearing the Australian colors, yellow and green. I don’t know who takes the decisions of the Swedish clothes in sports.

You might not need to go all Togo, for the third Olympics now?

The famous Togo Olympic boy

But I also went downtown in the evening, without burning from the idea, so of course a brief visit before I was home, before 21h00.

French Covid situation pasted week:

Take care,

Björn

Back to normal

France National day, 2 days off and now tomorrow back to the hamster wheel, and what can I say. Far from enough, really needed but to be back to normal will take more than 5 days, maybe more than 1 week (it’s soon upcoming), cause my brain is on fire.

But forget about that and look at France and the Covid situation. First of all:

France will impose Covid-19 tests of less than 24 hours on entry to its territory from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands, Matignon announced Saturday.

The measure will come into force at midnight on Sunday.

From midnight on Sunday, unvaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom, but also from five European Union countries (Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands), will have to present a negative PCR or antigenic test less than 24 hours old to enter France, Travellers vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine recognised by the European Medicines Agency will be exempt from this requirement from Saturday.

And I guess there is a list of countries to follow the UK for example, all cause the rapid amount of new cases in France. We have the last week seen:

And then we have the new restrictions coming up from the 21st of July and 1st of August, and the protests planned around us. I read, without being able to get it confirmed, that even Policemen will refuse to take the vaccine, the mandatory vaccine for people with jobs where they take care of people.

I do support the new rules, no questions about it, but from start I have said that the Government must lay down the infrastructure and be clear with the rules first, then take the decision to impose this on the people in, in this case, France.

Well well, no one cares but here is list of things I wish been done before the 1st of July:

  • How will not vaccinated, but tested, get access to Restaurants, shops, supermarkets, Cafés and bars? Force them to take a test every 24 hour (todays not for free).
  • Who is in charge of throwing people out if they don’t have the QR code?
  • Who, in a busy café or bar, will be in charge of the scanning of codes?
  • Is the QR code also mandatory on the terraces? Or only inside? Like the masks are now?
  • Scannars are tech, tech can malfunction, what then? What if the “TousCovid” app go down, being hacked? Do we need the papers as well?
  • Why can’t I test the QR code at home to see if it actually works as promised? Now its no problem to scan the test result, but the QR code for scanning just say “No data” when you try to scan it with a normal scanner. So I guess there is a special scanner or application for people in charge of scanning. Or?

Just a few things. At the end I still think the only way to get figures down is to stop border crossings completely for a month, worldwide. What countries then decide within their borders is one thing, but no travel for anyone, Royalty and EU folks included.

Björn

French link in French only

Stupid moi

Seriously, second day at the gym (after the lock down) I managed to walk from home without my watch, so no record of the workout today. And I need to fill that workout ring, not missed one day since 17th of August 2020, and just to have a gap caused by me forgetting the stupid watch? Oh no, I really don’t accept that.

So what to do? Walk down and have another workout just to fill the ring? Or keep the workout app on all day, random workout, and just fill it? Stuff like this can make my mood sink deep.

But, let me introduce you to the new Corona regulations, if you go to Paris or France the upcoming months.

Take care out there and take the vaccine

Björn

Rain in Paris, France

Thinking about it, and take all the facts into account, I have been very lucky so far this summer… All summer, up until now, have more or less rained away. Just like the summer 2015 it rains at least once a day… And I say at least, cause it’s way over that.

But I have not been in hit by any showers going to work or back home on my bike. OK, two days were rain all day, but I knowing that I took the Metro, but it’s only 2 days. So lucky me. But the rule still is, rain in the morning, no bike. Rain in the afternoon going home, bike is OK… I can arrive home looking like I been swimming in the Seine – with clothes on.

The picture of the day is from the passed weekend. It was sun, a bit of windy and I went to the restroom and came out again to what you see in the picture. From dry cobbler stones to that in max 4 minutes.

I also noticed this morning it’s getting darker and darker in the mornings when I leave for work. Soon time to put the lights on and the yellow west, which in my case have nothing to do with the French Yellow wests, whom I think will be out soon on the streets. That is a wild guess after Macrons speech yesterday.

Macron yesterday

So, just a few words on the Presidents speech yesterday. Not much of a surprise when it came to Covid, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate. But it really was more about kick starting the Presidential campaign for 2022. And I guess that will push the yellow wests out on the streets again, and the unions to strike. Just wait for it.

On the Covid issue, health workers must vaccinate, mandatory. With a very wide rage of the word “Health worker”. In his speech health worker is anyone taking care of vulnerable people. So guessing also the police and firemen will be included here.

And we know that the unions there already said no to mandatory actions when it comes to vaccines.

Then for the normal people. The health pass will be used in a much wider rage than now. from 21st of July you need it for all gatherings with more than 50 people and from 1st of August also when you go out to a cafè, restaurant, mall etc. Think “everything” with more than 1 person involved.

I do not oppose this, its easy to get the health pass, even if I wish it was possible to test the QR codes to be sure they actually work (now I know you can upload them on the app, but then the new code can’t be tested as a private person). What I wonder is if the timeline is a bit narrow.

No problem to impose new rules but you need to have the infrastructure in place first. Cause who will check the QR codes in a busy cafè? Do the owner need to hire someone for that or is it something the state need to provide?

What happens if someone refuse to leave when they don’t have the pass? Is it up to the owner of the place to kick them out or will we see more police on the streets, if so where do they come from?

What about tourists? If you need proof of full vaccination or a test result no older than 48 hours, must tourists take a test every second day just to be able to go out for a meal? And now when the test will cost you, will tourists spend more than a short weekend in France? If so, won’t boost the tourism industry.

And what about buses, Metro etc, more than 50 persons for sure.

But this way to impose rules on people without having the infrastructure in place first is typical for politicians nowdays, cause everything must go fast fast fast. If it is Corona rules or city planning it’s the same problem. First the law then the infrastructure.

Not smart, but it’s how they do it.

So we will see how this is going to work, all start on the 21st of July and since I have my health pass the only thing that worries me is that I have no idea if the QR code works or not. I want to confirm it works.

Have a nice day now peeps

Björn

Parade

I thought this was a perfect morning to write a happy post on TGIF and how this day might, I say MIGHT, be a good day at work when colleagues take a day off after returning from the Conference this week.

Instead, arriving to Madeleine Church and Place de la Concorde you find yourself in the middle of a rehearsal for the National Day celebrations, so between Madeleine and Concorde I been stopped 3 times, asked to take another route when I was stopped for the second of the three, all to be stopped by military the third time.

And I promise you all the police who stopped me the second time only asked me to re-route and meet the military people, only did it cause he did not want to take a decision to let me in at work.

All this leaves me with the absurd love for parades the French have. As a Swede, who only see military parades in Stockholm when they change the guard at the Royal Palace (and really more for tourists than anything else) it is only stupid. Especially when they must close the city for rehearsals (and we have not seen the rehearsals with the planes yet.

OK, I buy it, it’s a cultural thing you must deal with cause it won’t change. But I hope, someday in the future, that the National day is more about celebration and fun than in this pompous way focus on a France that’s no longer here.

Also, todays weekly Corona report, we do not go in the right direction at the moment:

The Delta is taking over and also some news about the vaccines, Sweden will give a third and fourth injection from September to all vaccinated people whom been vaccinated with Moderna and Pfizer, to fight Delta over winter. Where the 4th will be in combination with the normal flue vaccine.

I do not want that to happen, I seriously don’t want more vaccines at the moment – please….

So, I end this with what was my initial intension today, a huge TGIF

Björn

2nd vaccine shot

So yesterday I finally got my second shot of vaccine, and in 14 days I can relax a bit more and move around more free. So far, 8th of July, I have not reacted like I did after the first jab. High fever and more or less 100% in bed for a day.

OK, its not perfect feelings, extremely tiered and this time it hurts in the muscle where the shot been placed, but I prefer that before 40 degree fever.

So lets hope its over now, at least for me

Björn

Plan my week

So, next week is Conference week, and most of my co workers fly off to the Conference venue, which of course mean this week is like a boot camp with stressed staff and managers, all freaking out even if the routine is more or less the same as the passed years Conferences, only the venue changes.

So prepare myself for a hectic week and a slow one next week making room for catching up with tasks just piling up on the desk – actually the best thing with the Conference week since normally it’s only the managers going. Time to catch up, breath and hopefully meet the team again a bit fresher than the week before.

But as always, other things happening as well. Next week I am scheduled for the 2nd vaccine shot, and with the last time in mind I might be in bed with a fever from hell for a few days, which might add stress, not taking it away.

But it’s important. Looking now at South Africa closing again, as well as Sidney in Australia (winter in the south) and even if it is from low numbers, Israel report 40% of new cases already vaccinated. So this is not over yet.

In France, last year, summer was OK and new cases raised during winter again, so let us see. But it was like being knocked out when they closed the country after passed summers “opening”, so a third time? No, I’m not sure I will come out sane after that. At a point the world must say “OK, we can’t stop this”.

But today is the last Covid test arranged by the office, at least for a while. Then we will see.

Björn

What a weekend

Rain, thunderstorms and elections. Kind of what this weekend offered. Rain made me more or less watch the 13th season of RuPaul from episode 1 to to the end apart form the final episode, still pending to watch this week.

And where is my manners? Good Morning:

And of course the Covid in France update:

And today Monday we wait for what’s going to happen in Sweden, will the Government fall or will they manage to stay?

Björn

TGIF – Repeat

Finally Friday, and even if its a fact that managers hate Fridays and weekends I will try to keep my spirit up all day, not think dark thoughts and stress all weekend over work at least. I will stress over the fact that I am going to the dentist next week, Tuesday, and you who know me very well are fully aware of the panic a simple visit to the dentist creates in me.

I still wish my phobias at least is about something you really need to be scared of, like war, starvation to be murdered on your way home a late night – but no… Dentists, frozen lakes and Moray eels. What is the logic in that? Seriously…

Another logic thing to be scared of will be Covid, at least with a heart condition, but no… And here are the figures for the passed week…

So that is everything for the day – and let us hope I can take the bike back home this afternoon and avoid Moray eels.

Björn

Friday – A day off work

Not a holiday in France, but 14th of May still a day off for me, but not at peaceful as I wanted it to be, it is tough to relax from thinking of work at the moment. C´est la vie.

And a new kidney stone arrived today, so the collection is growing. I wish kidney stones was as valuable at its similar stone in oysters, the pearl. Voila, I will be a rich man.

And this weeks Corona report:

Have a nice weekend

Björn