Corona Diary: Day 62-67
The diary of a student who is no longer in school, following what this new virus means for us.
We’ve been going on a lot of runs and walks in quarantine, and it seems that everyone has pretty much the same idea. With unlimited exercise and good weather now, there’s been many more people around, and that means a lot more people to try and avoid when we’re out. Keeping a two metre distance is getting increasingly difficult.
There have been several not-very-fun scenarios that have played out whilst we’re outside, and it almost feels like a choose your path adventure when you’re out, except much more stressful. One of these situations: you are running towards a person who is standing in the middle of the path, and doesn’t seem to want to move. Do you- A) go around the person, or B) cross over the road.
A) You try to go around the person but realise they have stopped and are talking to one of their friends who is standing on the other side of the path, meaning that in your attempt to avoid the first person you’re heading straight towards their friend. After a brief panic, you have to go awkwardly through the middle of them, apologising even though you aren’t quite sure what you’re apologising for.
B) You cross the road only to find that there are people walking on that side of the road as well. Just to make things worse, there’s a car coming, so you have to stop running and walk at a sad two metres behind them until the car passes. And the next car. And the next one.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been struggling with this, and it’s been hard to keep a safe distance away. Of course, I know it’s unlikely that I’m going to catch the virus from just passing someone on the street, but the anxiety is still there, and it’s made worse by the tricky situations. I’m almost glad we don’t have to go shopping.
by Lily Tibbitts