News of the Coronavirus has been spreading since the start of the year but over the past month the concern has grown exponentially - not coindidentally, like the virus itself - until yesterday the government finally gave up on its ‘herd immunity’ strategy and moved to a voluntarily shut down. For now. I suspect it will be a lot less voluntarily very soon.
The government finally announced today that schools will close on Friday for the duration. No exams this summer, so it could be later rather than sooner that they’re back in anything resembling a normal routine.
I'm torn between relief to finally have some clarity, after mounting speculation over the last week, and mild (mounting) panic about what it will all mean. Juggling work and childcare, managing headspace, a 10 year old only child with no social contact for weeks on end... I would love to think they can still hang out in small groups at the beach, in the park etc, but can kids do responsible social distancing? I’m not sure they can!