Covid-19 – staying at home
Hello all of you. I hope you’re doing ok in this crazy situation that we find ourselves in. For anyone who’s been trapped in a cave for the majority of 2020 (hang on, I mean obliviously rather than deliberately); the UK is currently on “lockdown” by order of the government, the streets are largely deserted in the style of “28 days later” and going to the supermarket feels like some sort of post-apocalyptic science fiction exercise; all in order to limit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
I’ll make a short apology for making any humour of this. The situation is, clearly, very serious and there are many people tragically affected by not only the illness itself but the knock-on consequences of isolation and huge hits to the economy. It’s a very strange situation that we find ourselves in. That said, I think that humour is a primal and vital coping mechanism in these situations. I also think it’s OK to laugh at how utterly surreal it feels to be queuing around the block to buy basic food and essentials for your family in purposed spaced 2-metre gaps. We’re not meant to know how to cope with this, emotionally or practically. Therefore I think anything that can make you raise an eyebrow, even if not fully laugh, is worth trying. Just maybe not laughing manically in the queue for Sainsbury’s, not just yet…
I thought it might be interesting to share our experience of what the first full week of “lockdown” has been like for us. Specifically how we’ve coped with balancing work and parenting, providing entertainment and comfort for Piglet and just generally keeping ourselves sane. I’ve interviewed my wife, to get her reflections on things, in a latest podcast. Please have a listen and let me know what you think in the comments.