Living in the time of Coronavirus
What a time to be alive.
I’m not really writing this post to entertain or to inform. And I certainly don’t want to give the impression that I think my circumstances are special or that I’m in a different boat to anyone else. I’m writing this post because one day this will be in the history books. Years from now we will speak about the COVID-19 global pandemic. We can look back and remember how scary this time was, remember what we all went through, and be thankful that better times have come.
It’s a funny time – just a couple of weeks ago I thought my biggest problem would be potentially having to cancel my visit to England and Ireland in July-August. Then things change so quickly. The number of cases is jumping at an alarming rate in countries all around the globe. Governments are bringing in new legislation daily. The world is a completely different place compared to how it was a few weeks ago.
We hope that COVID-19 will pass, but nobody knows when. It will claim prisoners, but we don’t know how many. Aside from the horrific loss of life, worldwide economy will suffer. People will struggle to pay for the essentials that they need to survive. Small businesses will be forced to close, never to re-open again, the hard work of their makers to be reduced to dust.
With the closure of most non-essential services around Australia, my partner and I are now both out of a job. As temporary residents we are not entitled to any unemployment benefits. There is no work available in Port Douglas, yet we still have to pay bills and rent. We still have to eat. We wait to find out how long we are allowed to stay in Australia without work. I yearn for a time when I can get through a day without a knot in my stomach, when my appetite returns to normal, and when I don’t feel on the verge of tears every single day because of the stress that this is causing.
That said, our personal situation could be much worse. It’s frightening to have no income, but we must remember that people are dying. We have to be grateful for what we have. If you have your health, you are lucky.
Right now the situation seems to be getting worse every day, making it difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, yet we have to believe that it’s there. I hope that with new measures implemented we will begin to see a reduction in the number of new positive diagnosis’s each day, and finally a decrease in the overall number of cases.
Maybe in a few weeks, or a month or two, I will re-read this post and write a new one on the updated situation. I hope that things are looking better by the time I do.
Until then, stay healthy and sanitised.