Elisabetta, 29, Italian, currently in Lodi (Italy) – Live: From The Pandemic

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

COVID-19 totally changed my way of life. I’m a teacher in Lodi, very close to first Coronavirus outbreak here in Italy. Since the beginning (February 21st) my school has been closed and my job suddenly became a different job. I used to spend half a day with students, and now I see them on screen. It’s nice, but it’s not the same feeling. Moreover, I can’t see my grandpa, who’s 95 years old and lives with his 90 years old sister in a different town. It’s hard, but I discovered unexpected strength in me, so I fight sadness and I hope to see my beloved ones soon.

What is your wish for the future? 

My wish is to hug grandpa and a dear friend who lost a relative. I’d also like to go outside again. I’d like to see my students and say “good luck for your future guys” because next year they start high school and I‘m not sure I will see them again to say goodbye.

What would you like to be doing right now?  

If I could do anything, probably I’d go to my grandpa’s home and spend some time with him and his sister, my great aunt.

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