Every morning I wake up feeling incredulous. This is the kind of thing happens to other people, in other countries; I’m stumped by my own hubris. The footage of a deserted Wuhan and news that the virus was spreading was unsettling but I assumed that my little world would be cushioned. The pandemic has proven that we are all connected and none of us are immune from global tragedy.
I am currently in the midst of a 14 day quarantine with my husband and our son because our boy came down with a fever last Friday. His illness lasted for a day or so but now he is in bouncing good health and we are adjusting to life indoors reasonably well. We have implemented a daily schedule which includes exercise, work, cleaning the house and keeping our energetic toddler entertained. Life will be challenging for the remainder of our self-isolation, but I know that we will get through it. When the quarantine is over, we won’t be able to be that much freer, it’s not as though we will be hitting the West End for dinner and a show, at least not for the foreseeable future.
I’m frustrated and disappointed with people who are still continuing to socialise. We will control the spread of the virus by all doing our part and refraining from unnecessary contact. It’s selfish to put more strain on the heroes on the front line in NHS and risk spreading the virus to the vulnerable. Many of my friends and colleagues in the arts, fashion and entertainment industries are staring down the barrel of unemployment and will be wondering how they will pay the bills. Massive sacrifices are being made but they are rendered pointless unless everyone takes responsibility and stays home.
The shutdown has made me realise how many of how much I took for granted when, in fact, the freedom I enjoyed before Coronavirus was a privilege and not guaranteed. Social and cultural abundance that was on offer in London a mere few weeks ago seems so alien. Being able to jump in an Uber or on the tube and go out with my friends seems like a lifetime away. I guess this will force everyone to re-consider the convenience that Western capitalism provided. We can’t just have whatever we want, when we want it; cheap flights, fast fashion, unseasonal fruit and veg, all of it needs re-considering. Our whole existence balances on a knife edge, it can take something as tiny as a microscopic virus jumping from an animal to a human to topple what we assumed was rock solid.
So now what? Confined to our homes, powerless in the face of this cataclysm, we’re forced to focus on what we little can control. Health, both mental and physical, must be the priority. We will get through this by staying well, keeping connected to those we love, albeit from a safe distance. I’ll be blogging as much as I can and sharing content that I hope might be helpful.