Corona Diary: Day 15-18
The diary of a student who is no longer in school, following what this new virus means for us.
The past few days should’ve been the beginning of the Easter holidays, instead things have been getting rapidly worse. It seems as if the situation could turn into a full lock down- meaning no running or walking or leaving the house at all- and, for the first time, the virus itself has begun to impact the people I know.
One of my relatives has been tested positive for covid-19, and it seems likely that another relative has caught it as well. Thankfully, his condition appears to be getting better, but it’s still very scary. It’s awful to think that, by the end of this pandemic, we could all potentially know someone who died from the virus. The disease is so widespread.
A few children have also died, including a thirteen year old with no underlying health conditions. This also made me have to stop and think about the virus itself. Previously, it had only been the impact of the virus on my day to day life which had been worrying: the schools closing, my exams being cancelled, only being allowed outside once a day. I was fairly convinced that, as a healthy teenager, I was safe.
Now, it’s a lot more worrying. I know that I’m at a very low-risk of getting coronavirus, but the threat of the disease itself is now undeniably there. Although I’m still more worried about my family members who are at higher risk than I am about myself, there’s now the extra added anxiety about what would happen if I got ill as well.
There’s a lot to be scared of, and a lot has changed. I’m lucky that, until now, I haven’t really seen the direct consequences of the virus, even if it has affected my day to day life just like everyone else. I just have to keep hoping that we can stay safe and well.
by Lily Tibbitts