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24 April 2020

Kate’s Coronavirus lockdown blog: Keeping in touch with other people

Hello my name is Kate Brackley and I am writing this blog to explain what it feels like to be in a lockdown as part of the Coronavirus that has spread from China to all around the world dominating all over the news channels on your television screens.

This will be a series of blogs on different areas that myself and other people are currently going through and what it feels like coping / not coping in this difficult period.

While we are in this lock down we have currently lost touch with many of our friends / family and other close relatives.

We are all learning to cope with all of this, many are struggling with this. For now we are all finding different ways to communicate with each other, by using Messenger, Facebook, Whatsapp, Zoom, Skype.

Groups that have currently stopped because of the Coronavirus but these can be set up by using the above examples of modern technology so we can easily talk about how this affects individuals and also many more people too.

Worries and concerns about other people not coping well
This concerns most people living on their own with no one to talk to, this can make many people have mental health difficulties and can cause high levels of stress and anxiety for many.

For me in particular I was worried and had a few concerns about how quickly the Coronavirus has spread around the world and how this would affect me in regarding all my social groups. I just did not understand at the time why they were stopping and also loosing connection with the friends that I have made. I soon got my head around and then fully understood the benefits of this and that being with my friends I could have been at a higher risk of catching the Coronavirus and plus I did not want this to happen to me.

For many people using my experience that do have concerns and worries that do read this then all I can say is that I am sure there is something to do to keep themselves happy doing stuff that they love doing.

I do get being in four walls in your own home must be frustrating and can seem to be like a prison to some people but there is still hope, just be patient.

For some people that I know that are being like this are finding it so hard, they are reliant on just entertaining themselves and to try and communicate with their friends online. For people that are in secluded groups then it will be tougher especially if they don’t have technology that they can use easily then the only option is to pick up the telephone.

People that have learning disabilities will be experiencing most of this and may not be fully aware of what this means and the lack of understanding and this will be even harder for them. It can drive people with learning disabilities to have lots of stress and anxiety and this could lead to other things. I guess this is a no win situation and all we can do is to find out how they are and for many people like this to share their worries and concerns so we can make people with learning disabilities ok and to help them along their way of coping through this difficult time.

By reading this blog this will give you an idea of what it feels like to be like this and maybe you can all have time to reflect on this and to cope with the harsh and difficult times ahead and have things to do to cope with being on your own and to keep you in touch with people the best way we can until we go back to normal again.