Hey guys! For the eighth part of the series, I asked my blogging friend Hannah from Just Hannah Here to write a diary entry for this series. A massive thank you to Hannah for doing this for me! Check out her blog – she has some really cool posts on there!
I think at first there was this disconnect in my mind between the news and reality. You hear about disasters happening from time-to-time, but you never think that it will happen to you, it always feels so far away, something that happens to someone else. The fact that my daily routine did not change did not help with this disconnect, as an essential worker I was still commuting to work every day and it was only when I passed the shops and restaurants that had closed as a result of the virus that I was reminded of the pandemic.
But then my boyfriend developed symptoms of the virus.
He had been feeling ill since Mother’s Day with fatigue, chills, muscle aches and loss of appetite but since I had just recovered from a cold, we wrongly assumed that he had been infected too. It was only on the Wednesday morning when he developed a new persistent cough that, as per Government advice, it was decided that I would start a 14-day isolation period.
At first, I hated being isolated in the flat. Having previously been used to being active during the day, having to stay within the one-bedroom flat was difficult. The flat felt cramped, we were not used to both of us being home during the day without being able to go outside to run errands or go for a walk. Previously we used to go for hikes or go climbing at the weekends but now we had to exercise at home. We are fortunate enough to have a small shared garden but since it is currently being used by families with young children, we were unable to use it. The hardest part personally though was that I had no symptoms so I was technically ‘well’ enough to work and knew that I would be a welcome pair of hands and yet I had to stay home in case I was a carrier of the virus.
However, after a few days of isolation, it started to feel easier and the restless feeling somewhat subsided. I knew that the best way I could help others was to stay home and contain the virus. I started to watch Grey’s Anatomy for the first time, caught up on all my favourite blogs and vlogs, started and finished my first embroidery piece and made various baked goods. It is still frustrating not being able to meet up with my friends and family or go shopping but I am comforted by the fact that everyone else is in the same position and at least I am fortunate enough to have a job to return to. I was also fortunate enough to never develop any symptoms, so the 14 days felt more like a holiday rather than time off due to sickness.
I think that we both initially underestimated the effect that the virus would have on someone as young and healthy as my boyfriend and from my social media feed, I get the impression that this is a common misconception. It is true that the virus is likely to have bigger impact on someone who is vulnerable: someone who is over the age of 70 or has an underlying health condition, but that does not mean that it will have little to no impact on a young and healthy individual. Walking between the bedroom and the living room, a distance that my boyfriend would have previously been able to complete without a second thought, felt like running 10k.
We are not able to confirm for sure whether my boyfriend had the virus as he never got tested but as he experienced all the common symptoms, it is highly likely. Either way, please do not underestimate the impact that this virus will have should you get infected, regardless of whether you are young and otherwise healthy. Follow the advice of your Government and stay home as often as possible. The higher the percentage of the population that follows their advice, the shorter the period of time we will need to self-isolate for.
Thank you for reading this post! There’ll be another part released soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull