Well to say the world has changed drastically in the last month would be some what of an understatement. Following the outbreak of the Covid- 19 virus, believed to have originated in the food markets of Wuhan, China, the virus has spread from country to country.
If you had told me a couple of months ago that we would not be able to leave our homes unless for a few limited essential reasons, you would have received a quizzical side-eye look.
Whilst I had followed the media reports regarding the virus when they first started tumbling through to my news feeds in January, I could never have expected the events that would follow. As much as I take a keen interest in world politics and keeping up to date with current events, it was unfathomable that our lives would be at risk and change to the extent they have.
Once I saw the coverage of China going into isolation, people being dragged from their homes to be separately quarantined, I was scared for what was to come. Then followed by increasing reports of a spread of the virus to Italy then Spain, with infections and deaths being reported at an alarming rate I decided to completely social distance.
Emotionally the past weeks have been a rollercoaster. Whilst I am lucky to have somewhere safe to call home, I can’t bury my head in the sand and forget there are a lot of people who don’t have that luxury. My heart aches for the people with little or no choice but to continue to leave home to earn money, for the vulnerable children and adults in our society that need protection from the situations they are in. For the children that miss out on the life forming events that none of us knew would be snatched away from them. I am grateful to the key workers whose sacrifices and efforts mean that society can continue to function with some semblance of the society we have all known. I sympathise with the families with relatives who are sick and I grieve with the families that have already lost loved ones to this awful virus.
I am preparing myself for the worst, the rate of infections and deaths are increasing daily. I can safely say once this is over I will never take for granted the freedoms, liberties and blessings we have in life.