Nicoleta, 25, Moldovan, currently in London (UK) – Live: From The Pandemic

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

Possibly not being able to go home for a very long time. I have had tickets booked to visit my family before the outbreak began. I was supposed to be there for my sister’s birthday and a christening for my best friend’s baby. I haven’t been home in nearly a year and I haven’t been to my sister’s birthday ever since I left home (nearly 8 years now). That was something I was looking forward to for a very long time, however due to the pandemic I am not sure when I will be able to see them next. Although Moldova is doing better, realistically I won’t be able to go home until both England and Moldova have this under control, so no more new cases. I can’t endanger my family’s health by travelling and potentially bringing it right into their home. It’s too risky. So I’ll wait until all this is over and hope that I’ll be able to hug them again soon.

What is your wish for the future? 

That people would stop worshipping ‘’false’’ heroes. That our society will stop empowering those that already have millions and aren’t doing their part to help and invest a lot more in those who do (scientists, doctors, etc).

What would you like to be doing right now?  

Make use of my Odeon Unlimited Cinema pass.

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Abby, 25, British, currently in Cambridge (UK) – Live: From The Pandemic

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

Due to being in the third trimester of my pregnancy and single I’ve had to leave my home and isolate at my mum’s house. Being pregnant has automatically placed me in the high-risk group and my living conditions were not suitable. So now this means I am staying in my 7-year-old sister’s box room whilst mentally preparing myself to give birth in June. Leaving my home means I don’t get to see any of my close friends and any family outside of the house. I currently live with my mum, stepfather and 3 young sisters. I get upset knowing that if there are no changes by the time she’s born then none of my extended family or close friends will get to meet my daughter. I’ve had to cancel my maternity shoot, bump painting and other little memory makers I had planned for my final trimester. Although they seem small and insignificant to others they really meant a lot to me. Due to the pandemic, my hospital has become more restricted and I have to attend all ultrasound scans, midwife and other pregnancy-related appointments alone. Luckily one birthing partner is still permitted and they can stay two hours after the birth. I’ll be staying in after my birth and submitted onto a ward, but this means I won’t be allowed any visitors which fills me with slight anxiety. Although I have moments where I am overwhelmed with anxiety I find my motherly instinct outweighs it all and I find strength for my unborn daughter.

What is your wish for the future? 

I wish for a sense of normality.

What would you like to be doing right now?  

I would be sat around my friends and getting everyone to feel my unborn daughter moving around in my bump.

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Bianca, 25, Italian, currently in Cambridge (UK) – Live: From The Pandemic

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

I have a small business so from a practical point of view it means that we don’t have as much work right now, so we’re spending a lot more time at home, and facing a lot of uncertainty. The governmental help does make a difference, especially in covering our staff’s wages, but what really scares us is whether things will go back to normal. From a personal point of view it’s much more complex, a part of me appreciates slowing down and reconnecting with people, but I am on an emotional rollercoaster. Having struggled with depression and anxiety my whole life this situation has definitely affected the balance I had found. I am often extremely anxious, about the future but also about little things that shouldn’t affect me this much. The first week I spent at home I really struggled to be productive or positive, I spent most of my days watching Netflix alone while my partner worked, despite having things to do and a garden that allows me to spend time outdoors. It definitely reminded me of some of my hardest times from a mental health point of view, which was really scary. I’m trying to feel better now, spending more time in the garden, less time on social media, more time doing things that I love and relax me, like colouring and planning camping trips for the future. This allows me to be more positive and actually see and appreciate what I have, and to spend less time stuck in my thoughts. Overall how I feel changes constantly, which is quite exhausting. I’m trying to take a week at a time, which isn’t very easy for a planner like me, but it seems to be working.

What is your wish for the future? 

I hope that everything that is happening is allowing all fo us to reflect on what world we have created and what really matters. Having the whole world being forced to slow down can be an opportunity to make big changes once it’s time to get back to “normal”. I think this situation is allowing us to see the world in a more unified way, and I’m hoping that it’s teaching us to be less selfish, to think about the consequences of our actions (for example, if we hoard on food we create food shortages) and to learn that resources aren’t infinite.
The two things that I really wish would happen are:
– Finally starting to seriously act and change the way we live to reduce Climate Change, which would have much more long term consequences;
– That we will move away from the consumption of cheap products that are made under unfair and unethical working conditions, in favour of ethically made and durable alternatives.

What would you like to be doing right now?  

I’d like to be travelling in our van with my partner and our amazing dog Ettore!

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