Day 101 Revd Tim Heaton’s Thought for the Day

The easing of lockdown on 4 July could, of course, be only temporary. If things take a turn for the worse a stricter regime like we’re in now would be reintroduced.

I’ve heard it said that some measures may remain in place even until next spring. It made me wonder how long it took for life to get back to normal after the outbreak of Spanish flu in 1918, which killed an estimated forty million people worldwide.

In Britain, where wartime hardship and malnutrition had weakened the population’s resistance to the pandemic, 250,000 died. The fear must have been far greater even than it is now. But you know what? The time came when people started hugging again.