I had a Tesco delivery this morning. Really nice bloke, I had it delivered to the entrance to the garage, as he went back to the van for more I came forward and took it to the back, and so on. We chatted a little (at a safe distance) and after a little he described how this morning, before work, he'd broken down in tears. I told him the rest of us are totally dependant on people like him and thanked him. The thing is to remember all these people when things return to normal.
The girl from Tesco delivered yesterday and made a fuss of the dog. Oh, don't bite a hole in my glove, she said, I've only one pair. I said surely they give you more than one pair? No, she said, they don't provide them, these are mine and I've only got one pair. She went off a bit happier and pathetically grateful when I gave her a dozen or so pairs of nitrile one. I gave the Pakistani guy in the local shop a litre of IPA and said you can undoubtedly find a use for this - I seriously thought he was going to burst into tears.
I did it and was pleased to hear that I was not the only one in the street doing so. A couple of cars honked, too.
I was rather saddened to realise that we were in quite a small minority, though. Admittedly I'm wearing my specs rather than my contact lenses, so I can't see very well, and it was dark, but I couldn't actually see anyone else, only hear them.
My wife and I also did it, there were several people in our street doing it, we even Had a fire work sent up by someone, we live in a bungalow and most of our street are very elderly and many were house bound before the lockdown so I clapped extremely loudly on there behalf.
We could hear a lot from surrounding streets also
My daughter is a nurse (admittedly psychiatric rather than medical) but got drafted into A&E to help out.
They are doing a very hard job (remember for not very much money) not helped by some of the patients. Yesterday the hospital security guard had to grapple a "patient" to the floor because of aggressive behaviour wanting to be seen ahead of the queue. Yes the SFB has the virus, now the security guard is in isolation, and he has a wife and small kids at home.
I didn't know this was a thing - but come 8pm in my street, nothing. Probably because better than 60% of the road is student accommodation.
However yesterday morning I DID make an effort to stand by my bins as they came and collected them and said thanks for doing a job most people don't recognise, but only now are realising how important it is (removing potentially contaminated waste), the guy, a pretty stocky looking mid 40's looked quite embarressed.
It's quite sad that when others take the time to give recognition to these people, it becomes blatently apparent that they are not remotely prepared for it.