Oh Corona, what are you doing to us?

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Now the Corona virus is travelling around the world, it also reached my country. Maybe it is wandering the streets of the old city town like I did today.

 

As you all know by now the virus was first noticed in China and it hopped gracefully to Italy. When it was all set up over there, it decided to travel along with some people who were spending their holidays skiing in the northern part.

 

First Corona was a bit hesitant over here. Who had it and who didn’t, we didn’t seem to know. One women thought she had symptoms (the symptoms are similar to the flu) and was responsible enough to go to the doctor. She was put in quarantine in a hospital and tested positive. Everyone was a bit on their toes but till then everything was under control and ill people locked away. Some more people were showing symptoms and all of them came back from Italy. At that point in time we knew who had it and where the virus came from. There was no panic and this was labeled as the first phase in the bigger scheme of things. ‘We can control this’. The good news was that 1 person was cured from Covid-19.

 

Life did what life does and went forward. After the holidays children returned to school, parents went back to work. Some people weren’t that comfortable with the arrival of Corona and started to buy things. Mostly crackers, rice, cornflakes, you know, your basic things that won’t spoil. Oh and toilet paper, especially toilet paper. It is not essentially needed to survive but one who has experienced ‘an event’ without it, can appreciate its availability much more. A part from the toilet paper, hand sanitizers and mouth masks flew over the counter. Sold out!  A new type of contraband came on the horizon. People were caught trying to smuggle 21.000 mouth masks into Germany. Street value: 50 000 euro. Damn! If you really like, I can crochet you one.

 

Last May it was election day and I can say that to this day there isn’t a government in place. Now they are forced to work together, for the time being. We heard about the tragedy in Italy, were many people died and we saw the numbers of infections rise in our neighboring countries like France, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany. It was all around us but there was no kick off of the virus here.

 

Till last week numbers of infections started to grow little by little. One elderly person died. Infections were detected in a service home. Measurements were taken by some surrounding countries. We didn’t. There were reports in the media which were presented very well. Science played its best part and was recognized in its value. (oh how come the anti-vaxxers are so quiet these days? Are they still conveying their message?)

 

Professors, universities and doctors were concerned and took measurements on their own. They wrote a letter which stated that we can’t be successful in containing this health crisis when advice is given but nothing is mandatory. We are told to wash our hands and to hold a social distance, to cough and to sneeze in our elbow and not to go to big events.  ‘Big’ being defined as ‘more than 1000 people’. Concert halls would fill up to 999 as a response.

 

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This morning an extra newsflash told us that from tomorrow till the 3th of April measurements are in place to try to contain an outbreak. We will live a bit differently till we’re out of the danger zone.

 

Restaurants and cafés are closed. Take away services will cater to your needs. Some very fun activities like the theaters, cinemas, sport events, local and bigger markets, youth activities, parties and gatherings are cancelled.

 

During the weekends everything closes except shops that sell food and apothecaries. Barbers won’t be working, shops will not sell clothing. Flower shops are out of business and I don’t think you’ll find one massage parlor that will be open. Public transport is not recommended and during the week, schools are open although lessons are not provided. They are only there to care for pupils whose parents need to go to work and to spread them evenly with the social distance in place. People who can work from home need to work from home and people feeling ill need to stay inside. Older people are strongly advised to stay inside. All service places for them are in lockdown, no people except for personnel are allowed in or out. They are learning how to skype with loved ones. People are encouraged to take care of one another and to help each other out. You can still donate blood or maybe send an old fashioned letter to people who are being isolated. No dog cuddles allowed and contact with my parents-in-law will happen at a reasonable distance. If I visit, I really don’t want to transfer anything.

 

With all this, I feel a bit lost, it is so quiet in the city while the supermarkets contain all of the people at the moment. When you dare to cough or to clear your throat people jump through the sealing and if eyes could kill ….

 

On the other hand I enjoy the social distance that is promoted, the rest (hopefully!) that is being installed and a call for some basic hygiene. They say that this is only the beginning and we don’t know what is yet to come. That is always the certainty we’ll have.

 

Is it selfish to be happy that nothing is required but to take care of yourself and your surroundings? Just today I’ve received two books on my doorstep and I have tea in the cupboard.  My psychiatrist told me I’m doing what I can and he recognizes my struggles. He was sorry that I needed to relive the trauma. ‘You need to be softer on yourself‘. Is it selfish then? Or is it what is needed, is this mandatory?

 

 

 

 

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26 thoughts on “Oh Corona, what are you doing to us?

    1. Yes I guess I go back and forth a bit. But I’m also re-expanding. 😀 I needed to write this of my chest but I’m also in doubt if ‘my’ readers will accept such change of topic.
      I think I like to write what plays out in my head and this is a sign that things are clearing up. Though I can panic sometimes about what is going on when panic isn’t needed I think. Thank you for reading and commenting on this ‘other than the usual’ writing from me 🙂

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      1. Actually it is useful to hear how other countries are coping. Especially there, you’re so dependent on what happens in your neighbours. I have had to go hunting for information about what is going on in different countries, the information is there if one looks for it but it is not particularly broadcast here. I found something on Wikipedia which basically looked like a league table. I have just looked now and the BBC says: 32771 tests, 798 positives, 10 deaths.

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      2. Yes I’m also curious about other countries. I saw your prime minister (?) in a quite dramatic speech. Here it’s all a bit more ‘dry’. We don’t panic very easy, except when beer or toilet paper seems to be running out (which is not!). We have 559 positives and 3 deaths. But we’re just at the beginning of it. I use this site for my information: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/

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      3. It is still all ongoing so it’s difficult to say how it has been reported on. And to write such an article over the ‘pandemic’ over the world … It’s good to have some readers who can give you pointers about what seems to be correct and what not in their country. In that way the internet can be a wonderful thing.

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      4. I’m back from the store, a lot of empty spaces, people working can’t fill them quick enough. A lot of abandoned trolleys as people got fed up waiting in line for 1 hour. When we went everything was quiet but not everything was replaced yet. So we’re eating a Corona special what will be a stew with carrots, turnips and potatoes 🙂
        There was no problem in the beer department although I think people will start to party at home more and bleach was also less present compared to a normal day.

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      5. I think so too and 9 months from now there will be a lot of ‘corona-babies’.
        This is a special time in history that we are a part of. Let’s hope a passive part, from a social distance!

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  1. The benefit of being a hermit is that I won’t get sick. But at the grocery store today I noticed people buying massive amounts of toilet paper. Toilet paper is all well and good, but if I was unable to leave home I think food would be a fair bit more important. And perhaps alcohol.

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    1. I am thinking the same thing, the toilet paper craze is psychological. Some food, alcohol and coffee and we’re set 🙂
      I also live mostly inside but I had a doctors appointment yesterday. Sometimes you need to get out. It’s a weird time, I notice some ‘unusual stress’ as I try to adapt to the situation.

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  2. It is quite anxiety inducing, this panic around the world, however, it is bringing to the forefront hygiene, talks about people you are underprivileged and so much more.

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    1. I really like the hygiene accent as I am not the only one to shout ‘wash your hands when you come in the home’. Haha! What I like is the ‘social distance’ I can’t stand it when people in the store or anywhere come right into my private space. Yesterday I felt such a relief not to being bumped into by people who a in a hurry. Everybody seems to be more considerate about that. I hope this can remain a little after Corona is gone.

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  3. Hopefully you are taking this as time to rest and do nothing but look after yourself Kacha 🙂 You might have read elsewhere that Spain’s now on lockdown and hubby managed to get out on time. He’s now on the ferry from France to the UK, desperately looking forward to seeing the grandkids but his daughter is adamant that he can’t visit them as the virus was in Spain – man, he has no symptoms, he’s fit and so far healthy. Is everyone supposed to self-isolate?

    We have no measures in place in the UK yet, our Prime Minister is deciding not to panic — perhaps until it’s too late?

    You stay well x

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    1. We need to keep a social distance here. Grandparents are not advised to take care of their grandchildren. That is why the schools are open but lessons are suspended. When feeling ill, you need to self-isolate here.
      I’ve read that people are going to restaurants in the Netherlands to eat, so that is not very good in terms of keeping the virus contained. As I see the numbers of infections rise I think we all need to be responsible. I don’t wont to be in lockdown. As I understand the news well, children can have the virus but are not that susceptible to it. I would worry more for your husbands health. I’ve read about cases when people were just ill and nothing more and then some numbers are quite scary.
      As for the right time to take measurements, they are telling us that it is at the beginning of the epidemic when you can’t control it any more. They try to spread the infections as evenly as possible to avoid a ‘rush hour’ in an attempt to save our health system, hospitals and people working there.
      I hope your government will follow the advice of scientist who are trying to predict and to contain all of it.

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      1. Hubby home safe Kacha leaving Spain and France just in time before the lockdown. The pictures we’re receiving from family and friends in Alicante and surrounding areas like Benidorm. The cafes and bars are closed, the beaches are empty and the Guardia is stopping anyone in cars or in the streets telling them to go home, unless it’s urgent. Their towns and cities will never be able to cope with the drop in tourism and I dread to think what is going to happen.
        People here have also got the ‘toilet roll thing’ going on too and supermarket aisles are emptying quickly. Our local food shops don’t know when they’ll get any stock. It’s actually quite scary!
        Our Prime Minister is doing the same – trying to contain the rush as our NHS etc won’t be able to cope.
        My son said they are all just following the Government Guidelines and looking out for those who are vulnerable.
        I mean, this thing could go on for months, years even and who knows what’s going to happen to the economy worldwide?
        You look after you and yours Kacha x

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      2. It is all quite scary. I hope we can contain the virus as well as possible and save as many people as we can.
        The economy is suffering already and that will be worldwide. You’re right, people living through Corona will need to fight the crisis. We’ve seen the beginning but we don’t have a clue how the end will look like. Take care of you and your family too! x

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    1. I believe that it helps and I find it also quite comfortable to have ‘my’ space 🙂
      My hopes are the same as yours: that we will be able to control the virus as best as possible. Nobody knows how it will evolve and that is somewhat scary when you think about it.

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