Alice came upon a table set out under a tree in front of a house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a dormouse was sitting between them fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head.
“This must be the daily COVID briefing,” thought Alice to herself. The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it. “Social distance! Social Distance!” they cried out at Alice as she approached.
“There’s plenty of room!” said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large armchair at one end of the table.
“Take some PPE,” said the March Hare in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked all around the table, but could see nothing of the sort. “I don’t see any PPE,” she remarked.
“There isn’t any,” said the March Hare.
“Well then, it wasn’t very civil of you to offer it,” said Alice angrily.
“It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being invited,” said the March Hare.
“But I was invited,” said Alice. “I’ve come for the daily COVID briefing.”
“Do we still do that?” said the Hare.
“I don’t believe we do,” replied the Hatter, “but then I generally don’t believe anybody.”
The dormouse shook itself, and started muttering “next slide please,” repeatedly in its sleep, until eventually they had to pinch it to make it stop.
“I just want you to explain the new rules on social distancing, if you have the time?”
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