Sadly, I’ll Never be Picasso.

April 20 2020 Lorna Smyth 2nd Year

The coronavirus started last December in China and has become significantly worse since then. A basic description of it is that it’s an infectious disease that attacks the respiratory system and for people who have underlying health conditions or are elderly it can be fatal.

When the coronavirus first started there was a small bit of talk about it in school (mainly because my friend was worried that she wouldn’t be able to go on holidays!) but no one was really worried and it didn’t appear to be a big deal. However, as it progressed and spread to many different countries including Ireland, it became a much bigger deal and everyone was talking about it.

There was a lot of uncertainty if schools would be closing and if so for how long. It was announced by the government on March 12th that schools would close the following day and they have remained closed since.

I definitely enjoyed the first couple days of being off school as I was still allowed to go to the pitch with a couple of my friends because we were able to keep our distance and the restrictions that are in place now were not in place at the time. However, once we went on lockdown I along with everybody else wasn’t allowed to leave my house except to take exercise. My daily routine mainly consisted of me getting up, doing my school work that was set for the day and then spending the rest of the day in the garden.

Luckily, both of my parents are able to work from home which makes this time much less stressful for all of us. The hardest part of all of this is trying to keep track of all of my school work and submitting my assignments on time as well as keeping up with my study. To be fair I’m probably in one of the best situations because I live in a rural area and have a reasonably large garden which means that I’m not stuck in the house all the time and can go for a walk or run whenever I want.

I have been trying to make the most out of the current situation by doing revision and practicing my hobbies such as baking and even trying some new ones such as painting (even though it didn’t go very well). We have also been having barbecues and doing games/challenges which is crazy because usually on a regular evening during April I would be stuck inside doing homework.

That’s all for now I hope everyone is coping well with the pandemic.