Dolphins and Fish in the Canals of Venice!

April 20 2020 Chloe O’ Flynn 2nd Year

Everything is different now during these times of COVID-19. Everyone around the world is affected by this virus. It started off in a town called Wuhan in China where there was a live animal market and the virus was rumoured to have come from people eating bats.

Now, worldwide, schools and universities have closed, clothing shops are closed, most restaurants are closed, gyms and pools are closed, hotels are closed, all sporting fixtures have been cancelled, music concerts and big events have been cancelled or postponed, all travel to other countries has been cancelled and people are now told to work from home if possible. We are now in quarantine/ lockdown. People are asked to wash their hands regularly, to cough into your elbow and try not to touch your face to try and slow the spread of the virus. 

The elderly and people who have medical issues and are most vulnerable to this disease have been told to cocoon. For us and other students we have online schooling. We have been out of school since March 12th and this is now week 6 of being out of school. Junior Cycle exams have been cancelled and Leaving Certificate exams have been postponed until the end of July.

Social distancing has become a noticeable part of society now. People are now wearing masks, gloves and using hand sanitizer if they are going out for necessities like food. At shops there are now queues to go into the shop as they can only allow a certain number of customers in at a time, depending on the size of the shop.

There are way less cars on the road now. This is good as there is less air pollution and now our atmosphere is the best it has been in a long time. Dolphins and fish have even come up the canals in Venice in Italy! The Olympics have been postponed until 2021. There are no big gatherings allowed. Essential workers are the only people allowed to work, i.e. doctors and nurses who are working on the frontline trying to help people who are affected by coronavirus and are heroically risking their lives by doing so. We all owe them a huge thank you for working through this and helping people affected. Scientists are currently working on a vaccine for this virus. Currently there are 2,750,877 cases of coronavirus worldwide. The most affected countries in Europe are Italy, Spain and now the UK, and the USA now has the most cases of coronavirus worldwide.

My life is much different now. I no longer have to wake up at 4:30 to go training or wake up at 3:30 to go train in Limerick before school. Swimming has been cancelled and so has training in Limerick. I am missing the pool and, of course, all my squad. All galas and the nationals in July have been cancelled and we don’t know when we are going to be back in the pool. Instead of going into school we now have online school. I am missing all my school friends, but we all stay connected because of the internet and FaceTime. My day now consists of waking up much later than I usually do, doing online school, going for a walk around my area and doing some exercise or playing outside. I have also been spending a lot of time in the kitchen with my family, we are trying a bunch of new dishes, and also baking a lot. I spend some time on my phone or watch a movie and then go to sleep and then start a brand-new day once again.

Personally, I’m enjoying my time in quarantine as it is very relaxing and it’s giving me a break from my busy schedule. I am missing all my friends and other family relatives I’m not allowed to visit at this time and missing sports. But hopefully soon enough everything will go back to normal and we will be allowed to go out and see friends and family.