Introduction and the Start of Lockdown

Posted on 24th March, 2020

In December 2019, a virus that caused severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, first was noted in the city of Wuhan, China. It was alarming to read about, as it was initially deemed to be covered up by the Chinese authorities, but unfortunately spread too quickly and with too many deaths that news broke internationally. A good site to read more about the origin of the virus can be found on Vox.

 

Through strict and draconian measures to keep people quarantined in their homes, China was able to get a grasp on the overwhelming numbers that came from the rapid spread that occurred in Wuhan. Pockets of infections were reported in different areas of China and slowly but surely reports were coming in from different countries to say that they had cases of the disease. 

 

Iran and South Korea were the next to see rapid spread and Iran's death toll rocked the world. South Korea's efforts were commended by the world as they quickly introduced methods to contain and track cases, offering accessible tests for the disease. Italy was the next to face exponential growth of cases. Their death toll horrified the world and many parts were quickly forced into lockdown and some areas quarantined. As of today, daily deaths in Italy are still approximately in the region of 600 (6077 total to date). 

 

The UK and USA have been very slow in reacting to these alarming signs. Whilst many countries were shutting down their borders and restricting ways it could transmit, the UK went through a very different (and dangerous) plan of encouraging herd-immunity (letting all those likely to get it, get it and recover, whilst keeping the vulnerable in isolation). When it was revealed that this idea would overrun the National Health Service and that thousands would needlessly die, the idea to implement social distancing came into force.

 

The UK public, following the Brexit fiasco, don't generally take too kindly to doing what people who know better than they do tell them to do and this resulted in mass gatherings in pubs, public transport, landmarks, attractions and restaurants - completely defeating the point of the social-distancing measures. It was last night (23/03/2020) where the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, declared a partial lockdown - highly restricting movement and encouraging people to stay in their homes. This comes after several days of 40-50 deaths per day and mass outrage at people ignoring the guidance to socially distance. This was his address to the UK last night:

 

 

So, given that we are in partial lockdown, a lot of us have a lot more free time on our hands. Many of us currently welcome the news of the lockdown, but we are also worried about our jobs and livlihoods. This compounds on top of the worries of our own health, the health of our loved ones and facing the prospect of being isolated away from our families. 

 

This is likely to be the story of our generation - the way the wars were the tales of our grandparents. I aim to keep this blog updated to record our piece of the story that will go down in history as one of humanity's most desperate times. Feel free to share your story and experiences in the comments. 

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