+++CORONA DIARIES 5+++"Life changing weeks at home" by Maja Noller, 9a
"What 3 weeks at home changed for me" by Maja Noller, 9a
The coronavirus pandemic started at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China. From there on it started spreading rapidly all over the world, with now over 900,000 confirmed cases. Experts assume that its origin is an animal market in Wuhan and that the virus was passed from bats over pangolins to humans. The virus isn’t that dangerous for younger people but it is a big threat to people older than 65 years old and people with former diseases. That’s why the virus already killed about 46,000 people, even though its mortality rate is only about 3.5%. That’s why further spreading is tried to be prevented by closing schools and shutting down public life.
I´m on my fourth week home already because I went to Italy in the holidays, so I had to already stay home a week before schools were even closed. Since the morning when my mother had told me I wasn’t allowed to go to school my complete life changed drastically. Staying at home all day, not seeing friends and not even really having an occupation.
My first week at home was definitely the hardest for me. It was the week everyone I knew could live their normal life and I was just completely bored at home, it actually kind of felt like I was suspended from my usual everyday life. I mean at first it sounds really cool not having to go to school for a week but after watching 3 seasons of my favorite TV show and cooking all my favorite meals I ran out of ideas what to do.
After about 1.5 weeks I got used to being at home and I started getting a new routine, which also led to me not being so bored anymore. We got tasks from school that obviously took lots of time, but I also started doing things I was usually too busy for. For example sorting out my cupboards, cleaning everything and also bigger projects I wanted to do a year or two ago but I just didn’t have the time to. What also changed my situation was that then everyone was home so I could just call my friends to chat a little and let some time fly.
Still I´m not a huge fan of the situation. I miss my friends, even though we´re facetiming, but it´s just not the same and I can´t go to India with my best friend, to what I´d been looking forward so much. At this point I really just hope that the measures, that are currently taken, pay out in the end and we can go back to our normal lives as soon as possible.
I guess we´re all looking forward to seeing our friends again, going out without being concerned about a virus and not wondering if there´ll be toilet paper at the supermarket:). Maybe we can learn lessons out of this, like to appreciate our usual liberty and that treating wild animals poorly and eating them (raw) can cause such an event. A glance on the bright side to cheer one up a little: in Venice dolphins and swans returned and the water is clear for the first time in years because there aren’t thousands of cruise ships arriving every day anymore. So I´m trying to stay as positive as I can be, enjoying not having to wake up at 6 a.m. and reminding myself that were all just doing this to stop this pandemic.