Anna, 25, Italian, currently in Huelva (Spain) – Live: From The Pandemic

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you the most?

I’ve found out about the pandemic a few months ago, like everyone else, and saw it spreading through Italy without being able to go there and somehow help my family. Spain lived a similar situation a couple of weeks after, so my boyfriend and I had to quickly figure out how to work from home and how to organise ourselves in this situation, and in this case our family helped us from the distance assuring that they didn’t need us and that it was safer for them if we stayed in Spain. Living abroad for years gets you used to videocalls and distance, so I’d say that Covid-19 affected me the most at the moment I had to stick to the decision of staying far from my loved ones in order to protect them, focusing on how lucky I am with the lifestyle I can afford living here and hoping for the best for them.

What is your wish for the future? 

My biggest wish for the future at this point is that people and governments that had lost their moral and human principles will be able to go back and stick to them, considering the importance of research and public health care and remembering that despite all our differences we all belong to the same planet and we all deserve the right to live safely in it. Both from a humanitarian and an ecological point of view. This pandemic probably brought up a very idealistic or too romantic perspective, but if we don’t change our minds now, then when?

What would you like to be doing right now?  

Probably hugging my sister and my grandmothers, eating at the same table once again and simply enjoying each other’s company

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