Coronavirus has had a wide effect on people throughout the United Kingdom and has made us change much of the way we do things, not only in our day to day lives but also changes for the foreseeable future as well.
Families are amongst the most affected in these times of the Coronavirus and this has been laid out to be clear by talking to members of my own family to see how COVID-19 has affected them.
Schools have been closed since the end of March and my cousin Evie has said that she “can’t do any of my clubs/hobbies and I can’t see my friends.”
She also said “I have been a bit lonely with mostly just my parents for company although I am starting to see a couple of my friends a little bit more now.”
However, she also was frustrated as learning from home hasn’t gone the way she imagined it as she says that she has to “remember to upload pieces of my work so that the teachers know I am doing mostly what they are asking of me.”
She also highlights that she gets “no input from them to speak of and my own form teacher has not contacted me while I’ve been at home the last 2 months.”
From this it can be seen that Coronavirus is having an impact on children’s education, and might leave long lasting consequences as a result.
It wasn’t all bad news for Evie, as she was happy as she has been given her first phone so that she can keep up with her friends.
Jobs have also been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic as the majority have been working from home following government advice.
For my cousin, Julie, this has not necessarily been a hinderance.
However, she also has an auto-immune disease which during this time has put her more at risk should she contract the disease.
Despite all this, she feels that working from home has helped her management of her auto immune disease.
She says “it has allowed me to do the stretches, Pilates, aerobic exercise that actually helps me keep on top” and that without a commute a lot of stress has been alleviated.
Although she finds this a benefit, she is frustrated that she can’t go to the swimming pool as she depended on that to manage her disease.
My sister Eugenie has also been working from home and has found it to be a liberating experience, and says herself that the slow down in the pace of life has been welcomed.
It has allowed her more time to be relaxed and experience what she calls a “meditative state” where you can have time to think and have peace of mind.
Semi-retired people have also struggled as a result of Coronavirus, as my cousin Mark has said that as a semi-retired person his investment income has dried up.
This has brought about uncertainty as there is little motivation to do anything about it.
He has spoken to others on the matter and they are experiencing the same thing or as he calls it “Corona brain” being a feeling of shock/ disorientation.
My cousin Rachel has used the Coronavirus pandemic to get involved in her local community.
Speaking with me she said “I have been involved as part of a support group on our road, as we have a lot of elderly people amongst us, and I have really enjoyed meeting and chatting with those new faces, when I have been able to help with shopping or some such thing & on VE day when we had a bit of a street party!”
These are just some of my family’s experiences, and it shows that despite Coronavirus being present that they can still find some semblance of order in these confusing times.