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California, United States (20 March 2020)
Hi, I’m Aye Aye Lwin Thet, a Burmese-American living in Daly City. This is my life in time of COVID-19.
This is our neighbourhood. During this “shelter in place”, we can’t go to work. On the bright side, I can spend more time with my family.
I live in a gated community. I get up at 7 am as usual and take a walk on this street. People have to be 6 feet apart. Restaurants only offer takeouts.
Grocery shopping becomes an important part of life. Queing in line with social distancing.
Costco’s announcement. Hand sanitisers are a rarity these days. Isopropyl alcohols and hand gels are also hard to buy since DIY hand sanitizers become popular.
We have to put on gloves while shopping.
Tissues and toilet papers fly off the quickest. They try to restock every day. I still have enough toilet papers.
*sighs in relief*
Q-ing 6 feet apart. Everyone is doing their parts and I believe we will all get through this situation.
Birmingham, United Kingdom (21 March 2020)
Hi, Will from Birmingham. This is my life in time of COVID-19.
This is the New Street train station yesterday. The place used to be very crowded before all this. My stepmum tested positive of COVID-19 yesterday and passed away. She visited Italy a few weeks ago so I’m guessing she picked it up there. She’d been sick for years and had a persistent cough for months so was extremely vulnerable. My dad shows no symptoms yet. He’s 74 but very healthy. Now we’re in isolation.
The streets are empty most of the time.
Strange. Not many people are buying the Corona beers.
Ansan, South Korea (23 March 2020)
I’m a Myanmar migrant worker in Ansan, South Korea, and this is my life in time of COVID-19.
The situation is calm, all things considered. People preparing to go to work early in the morning — business as usual. Assemblies are still prohibited, though.
I work in an aluminium factory and this is the entrance. See the hand sanitizer? We’re instructed to use it before entering and wear masks.
Those warning signs are all over the place now. Prevention tips are sent to our phones regularly.
We experience no panic buying even in the peak of the outbreak. I’m not sure if the situation is the same in other places, though.
The only thing hard to buy is KF94 masks. We have to wear it all the time when going outside.
A family biking as usual.
Life in Time of COVID-19: South Africa (3 April 2020)
Hi, I’m Samantha G, an American citizen normally residing in Yangon yet now stuck in South Africa with my husband and his parents. It´s been almost three weeks now and only Day 8 of a 21-day national lock-down. This is my life in time of COVID-19.
I went on a 10-day meditation retreat in Yangon a few months ago to learn how to meditate. Once I got back to my apartment in Yangon, I stopped the habit and only recently starting picking it up again.
With all of the free time, I have taken to baking some of our meals. This photo shows my latest experiment: a Banana Carrot Walnut Muffin. It turned out great!
My in-laws have a lovely garden with flowers, herbs, and vegetables. One of my favorite things to do when I wake up is go out and pick some fresh mint to make some tea to go alongside my breakfast.
I´m currently pursuing an online M.S. so I use the mornings to do my weekly readings and homework.
During lockdown here, the government still allows households to go out grocery shopping two people at a time. We aren´t lacking of any fresh foods so time to enjoy a refreshing salad.
There´s still some sunshine here so we can dry our laundry outdoors. Any excuse to go outside is valid.
I started taking sewing lessons in Yangon last year and try to make new clothes using my mother-in-law´s sewing machine in the afternoons. I bought some patterns and fabric before the lockdown started so there´s plenty to work with.
Our family is privileged to live in a gated community here so the lockdown stating that people aren´t to leave their homes is a bit flexible in the sense that we can´t leave the compound but we can go out around the neighborhood. The early evening before sunset is a common time to see families walking their dogs, other joggers, and elderly couples taking a stroll. My husband and I choose to jog and everyone maintains distance of at least six feet apart.
Locals here love to barbeque (braai as it is called here) and pictured you can see a venison burger we have just grilled.