In this together

Life as we knew it is now on hold. We now have to live our lives in a different way to save lives.

There are no second chances when it comes to curbing the surge of the coronavirus.

This is not a rehearsal - this is as REAL as it gets.

If we don’t take action now, it could soon be too late. And the brutal truth is that thousands who could have lived will die.

That’s why it’s so infuriating to see pictures and videos of people socialising at close quarters.

Be that on Bondi Beach on the other side of the world, or at home in Northern Ireland.

And it is happening on our own doorstep. Hundreds of teenagers celebrating the end of school seemingly oblivious to the consequences.

The odds are good that none of them will fall seriously ill.

But their actions could create unseen victims who stand no chance of recovery.

Let’s hope it doesn’t take a Covid-19 death within their own families to change attitudes.

This is a war we are all fighting, young and old.

Not shoulder to shoulder, but metres apart.

Those brave health workers aside, we are not being asked to do anything dangerous.

But we are all on the frontline, with thousands of lives literally in our hands.