Maja, 23, Norwegian, currently in Terråk (Norway) – Live: From The Pandemic

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

I gave birth to my second child in early April, and there was a huge difference from when I gave birth to my first child. The restrictions due to COVID-19 revolving my pregnancy and giving birth, are what affected me the most. We live 2 hours from the nearest hospital, and due to the pandemic, the father is not allowed to be with the mother until she is in active labour, which is basically right before the baby arrives. Knowing that my fiancé might not have made it to see his child get born and that I might not have had his presence and support during the hardest part, made me very anxious and scared. Luckily, he got to take part in it all. But there were other restrictions too: if he was going to stay with us until we could go home, he could not leave the building and come back and there were also no visitors allowed. When we finally got back home, we couldn’t show off our new pride and joy to family and friends, because of mandatory quarantine from having been outside our small town.

What is your wish for the future? 

My wish for the future is that we learn from this historical event. That the wet markets in China are shut down for good, that the economy grows strong again, and that we grow strong as a community from this. And hopefully, if there is a next time, nations will take action sooner. I hope that leaders and governments all over the world do not scoff at the danger and act too late.

What would you like to be doing right now?  

If I could do anything, I would love to back in my home town with my family, and just do everything we usually do this time of the year. We’d take the snowmobiles up to our mountain cabin, ice fish, play in the snow etc.

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