Getting frustrated with the constant lockdowns

General

How is the situation in your city/ country? Is there a 2nd wave yet?
Yes, with the second winter since Covid we have the second wave.

How did the atmosphere in your country change within the last months?
A greater acceptance of the prevalence of Covid but a sombre realisation that it is here to stay.

How are you and your family?
We are close and lucky in geographical proximity to stay connected. We were fortunate enough to have meals together and conversations that lifted our moods even if we don’t all agree with the recurring lockdowns.

What was the biggest challenge for you within the last months?
The threat of continued lockdowns imposed with little warnings – last night’s was imposed with less than 4 hours of preparation.

Last night´s lockdown was imposed with less than 4 hours of preparation.

Measures

When did you realize how serious the situation is?
Last March/April when we watched the numbers of infections and deaths rise in Europe as we have relatives in Italy and Switzerland.

How did your government react to the crisis? Which measures/restrictions were taken first?
Slow at first until we had a major outbreak winter 2020 and the virus got into aged care. Over 800 died in the nursing homes that were affected as the reality of the speed at which the virus moved became apparent.

Are you satisfied with the measures of your government? What was good/bad?
I get frustrated with the constant lockdowns as it affects me getting out to do murals and set up meetings including site visits. I saw friends struggle to cope with the isolation and uncertainties that came with border closures and business limitations. I am lucky to be able to Zoom.

Watching suicide statistics rise is very disturbing and I do my bit to support those struggling through my social media.

What would you like to say to your government?
Stop the lockdowns! We need to keep functioning living with the virus until all of us feel safe to be immunised as many young females are wary of the drugs developed to immunise us and risks especially those in reproductive times of our lives.

Which sentence of a virologist/politician did you memorize the most?
Stay home!

We need to keep functioning living with the virus until all of us feel safe to be immunised.

The Virus

Do you know anybody who was infected with COVID-19 or even died?
No.

Have you already done a Coronavirus test or have you been in quarantine?
No.

Are you afraid of getting infected with the Coronavirus?
No.

I´m not afraid of getting infected with the Coronavirus.

The lockdown

How long is/was your lockdown and what was allowed/what wasn´t?
Our longest lockdown was about 15 weeks and meant no gym, no travel, masks indoor and outdoor, no movement outside a 5 km radius, exercise up to 2 hours daily inside the 5 km radius and leaving home for essential shopping, essential work, caring, medical.

Did you spend the lockdown time with somebody and what did you do during this time?
Live with my parents as does my boyfriend.

What did you miss the most during the lockdown? What helped you?
My friends and being able to check in on them in person.

Our longest lockdown was about 15 weeks with no movement outside a 5 km radius.

Changes

How did your work situation change within the last months (shorter hours, working from home, etc.)
I am lucky enough to be able to continue as I had permits and the jobs were within the guidelines.

How did your social life (relationship/friendships/dating) change due to the Corona crisis?
I am in a relationship and my boyfriend lives with me and my parents so nothing changed there. Some of my friends struggled due to their circumstances and I tried to ensure I supported each of them in the ways they needed caring for.

What impact has the Corona crisis on your financial situation?
Fortunately not much as I was flexible and accommodated the changes scheduling specific work where appropriate.

Social distancing: How does your daily life look like at the moment?
I work with my dad and often in construction sites with limited trades on site at any given time. I have permits where necessary and use online purchasing for supplies.

Some of my friends struggled due to their circumstances and I tried to ensure I supported each of them.

Perception

Who are to your opinion the heroes of this crisis?
Health care/ Front line workers.

What did the crisis show you?
Glad to have done all the travel I wanted in my early 20s to provide me with inspiration although I do miss those opportunities now.

What will you appreciate more after the crisis?
Travel.

Which images will you never forget?
Suicide statistics.

Which stories/incidents/experiences touched/shattered you the most?
People losing businesses and their livelihoods.

I will never forget the suicide statistics.

Perspective

What are you afraid of right now?
Being continually locked down and watching people decline mentally and emotionally due to isolation.

What gives you hope?
Family and friends sticking together.

Are you planning to travel within the next months?
Would if we could. Grabbed the opportunity whilst out of lockdown to fly to Tasmania for 3 days to refresh but this is challenging to schedule with the constant lockdowns in many states.

Would you get yourself vaccinated against COVID-19?
Eventually with the provision of a safe vaccination for my age group.

What can we all learn from this crisis?
You cannot take life and things in general for granted.

If you could give 2020 a headline, what would it be?
Who EVER thought this was coming for us?

I´m afraid of being continually locked down and watching people decline mentally and emotionally due to isolation.