Coronavirus figures are continuing to rise. That’s a fact.
Belgium is “entering a difficult phase in the pandemic,” according to virologist and interfederal Covid-19 spokesperson Steven Van Gucht. Agreed.
“It is tough and we are all tired of it.” Oh yes.
But here’s the bit you could be forgiven for getting excited about:
“I really believe that when we have beaten this wave, the worst will be behind us. The vaccine and spring are in sight,” Van Gucht.
Ambitious, maybe, but it’s Friday. We can allow ourselves some optimism.
While the figures continue to increase, the rise is no longer as sharp as it was a week ago, and could slowly be turning, according to Van Gucht. “We may reach the peak in the number of new infections within a week, with your help.”
“Now, the care sector is counting on our help. We are now the ones who can take care of our carers,” he said. “They are counting on us to slow down the infections.”
Van Gucht stressed that small changes in people’s behaviours can have a major impact on the hospitals, both positive and negative. “What we choose to do right now can have a huge impact on the further course of the pandemic.”
“So, curse every once in a while, hang in there, and together we will get out of this.”
And for the question, let’s go positive. How are you beating the covid blues?
Trying to do pullups is killing me, but it’s something to do.
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