As we enter the third week of the new year, it is of course also the third week of the third national lockdown and the question that people are asking me is, whether this is making a difference to the Covid levels? The answer is that it is probably too early to say. Levels in Eastbourne remain high but appear to have stopped increasing, hovering just under the 1000 mark. This is a weekly figure and there are more than this number of people in Eastbourne with the virus, so the need for caution remains. With more and more people being vaccinated there is real hope for the future. Being vaccinated does not however bring immediate immunity, as it can take several weeks for the antibodies to build-up once you have had the injection, so even once the majority of the community have been vaccinated it will be a while before it is safe to mix again.
If you are like me, you will be working from home, spending seemingly endless hours on video conferences, staring at a screen running something like Microsoft Teams or Zoom. This change in the way we work has been effective for many of us, but one of the challenges for many families who have children home schooling is ensuring that they have the computer equipment to enable this to happen. Local company TechResort are working hard to help them overcome this challenge and they need your help. They understand that quite often, with several school age children and parents working at home, a family needs more than one device.
TechResort have therefore issued an appeal for second hand computer equipment. Most of the functionality needed is quite basic but needs to be of a sufficiently recent specification to ensure that they can receive regular security updates. So, if you or your company have laptops, phones or tablets which are no more than 10 years old and are happy to donate them to a good cause, please contact them at www.techresort.org they will ensure that the devices are cleaned and checked, and all data removed. They will also update or replace the operating system and issue it together with a bag, to someone in need. Likewise, if your children are in need of equipment for school, please let them know, they just might be able to help.