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I have noticed that islanders are becoming increasingly tetchy with each other via social media regarding what is - and, what is not appropriate behaviour during this part of the pandemic. For instance, according to some, Covid-19 is massively over hyped, whilst others sound warning after warning regarding a second spike. Indeed, on yesterday’s Bulletin front-page and page three the Balearic medical chief has stated that the Balearics are at the start of a so-called ‘second wave’ and quotes and array of statistics to prove that fact. Nevertheless, for many people these stats can be explained away by the fact that more and more testing is currently underway and point to the fact that reported deaths are still low. Apart from the fact that ‘low’ would hardly be the word used if someone in your family died because of the pandemic. Nevertheless, if you read the comments on social media and ignore the usual unhinged rantings on both sides of the argument, it seems to me that there are set ‘positions’ that certain socio economic and age related people seem to take on this subject. Crudely put, those who have a business to run in these difficult times and those without employment are not happy with what they would see as the constant ‘talking up’ of a second wave. Alongside of this group, younger people, mostly under the age of forty, are tired and fed-up of listening to the consequences of a pandemic that has barely touched them or their friends. On the other hand, it is said that older people are majorly influenced by talk of a second wave, but as some cynics would suggest they have mostly good or adequate pensions to keep them warm at night - unlike those needing to bring home a wage to survive. Quite naturally I suppose the medical establishment here in Majorca as in almost everywhere else - is, and continues to be extremely cautious of the whole situation, which I guess, is how it should be. And so it seems that a persons perception of the Covid-19 pandemic is almost totally coloured by certain key personal elements - from age and social status to where a person might live - to whether the coronavirus will have a huge non medical impact on their lives or not. No wonder people are at odds with each other over the second wave and whether its damaging social and financial side effects outweigh certain medical considerations.