Having long since lost faith in the government's messaging (wasn't much to start with if i'm honest) and having suffered an avoidable bereavement due to covid, the effects of which will be felt for years i am certainly a believer in Covid.
The last 2 years have prevented our family being together at some awful times becasue we followed the rules....
My take now is this - i have 3 jabs, i continue to give people space, avoid crowds and wear a mask in shops, trains etc i carry hand gel.
For work i take all sensible precautions in terms of meeting my clients - fortunatley i work from home and did before the pandemic.
None of this is hard or particularly curtailing my freedoms.
I accept before long i am likley to catch it but assume as a reasonably fit and otherwise healthy man it will be mild or asymptomatic.
I accept it is likely to be around for a good while probably more diluted as seems to be the case with the variants seen but i see no issue (in that the worst case it does no harm) than continuing to be cautious.
I will make my own rules.
My only take is whilst i was never one for a crowded venue anyway (friday night town pub, club, theatre intervals etc) i certainly avoid busy places now if i can. Crowds i found irritaing before but actually a little anxiety inducing now - not to the extent it will stop my life but definitly a change.
Stockholm sydrome isn't quite the right term but the last 2 years have had an impact on me and i suspect others in many ways we are only just seeing.
On the positive side i hope people see the value now in experiences rather than material posessions and see that we don;t need to commute to an office and that the world of work can now head in a more sustainable direction in terms of travel and offices.
The cynic in me says part of the reason the government want us back in offices is that a lot of weathy people have a vested interest in commerical real estate....