March 12th, 2020

seventhseal chess

budgeting for the crisis?

94 quid a week? (correction -it is £71 and subject to self-isolation) That won't pay my rent or stave off bankruptcy but may help if there are other measures. We'll see. My schools still are giving no guidance as to what to expect. It is a complicated issue for instrumental music teachers, not only because we are essentially on zero-hour contracts but also because the bulk of our pay comes from what the parents of the pupils pay the schools for the lessons. We'll see what happens, in the Whatsapp group of the music teachers at one of the schools that has was being discussed today -but nobody knows.

Closure of schools may be inevitable unless that article by Peston on ITV News is right and the gov't is going for 'herd immunity'. Which, with an epidemic that has a 6% mortality rate (not sure this figure is correct, it's what I think I saw on the WHO pages, although the rate for the UK from their figures seems to be 2% at this point) would mean hundreds of thousands of dead. Surely not even the Tories would contemplate that seriously.

I s'pose that, at 67, I'm reaching the point where I'm in the 'quite at risk' category. Age is just a number? I certainly hope this thing hasn't got my number! I'm on Dreamwidth at http://flaviomatani.dreamwidth.org/ -do follow me there if you can.