Back on the 20th March I started writing a regular diary of my experiences during the pandemic. Little did I know that just 5 days later I would start with symptoms that would stay with me 11 weeks. I am fully recovered now, apart from being very unfit.
Little did I realise the tragedy that would unfold around the world with up to know an estimated (under estimated) half a million people have lost their lives to this terrible virus. After 100 days we have lost 60,000 + people as a result of COVID-19 in the UK. What is even worse is that it hasn’t finished with us yet.
Millions of people are unemployed as a result of the economic crisis it has caused, and we are yet to feel the full effects of this crisis.
A microscopic virus has changed the world for ever. That is quite hard to comprehend, that something so small can have such a devastating effect.
Since March many of us have learned how to use zoom and other video conferencing software. I am learning how to teach people remotely using video conferencing. I spend my days working from a desk in a bedroom with my laptop resting on a box to bring it up to my eye level.
Since March people wear masks on buses and in hospitals (not just clinical staff anymore). Everyone you meet has an opinion on PPE and know what it stands for (when I say everyone you meet, I mean everyone in your household, or bubble).
Since March all pubs, clubs, music venues, most shops, swimming pools, gyms, hotels and many other places have been closed.
In March the schools and universities closed and exams were cancelled. Millions of children and young people were robbed of their last days of education. Millions of children have been deprived of playing with their friends.
Millions of couples including my niece have had their weddings cancelled.
Thousands of people have died without a loved one there to hold them.
Millions of parents and grandparents have not been able to hug their children and grandchildren. Including me, I have not seen my mum since December and I so desperately want to give her a hug.
So far we have survived. We are more resilient than we thought. If you had read this account a year ago, you would firstly think it was far fetched, then you would wonder how anyone could get through it. So far we have, and as a society and as a human race we will see the back of this pandemic.
So lets hang in there, it is not going to be easy but we will get through it.