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Through her eyes: 38 women share the photo that sums up what their world looks like today.

Wherever you are in the world, we’re all going through a pretty devastating time right now.

No matter who you are, how old you are, where you live or what you believe in, life today looks very different than it did just a few short weeks ago. (You can find the latest COVID-19 news updates and read real-life stories in our coronavirus coverage here.)

Every one of us has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in one way or another.

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Maybe you’re in self-isolation. Maybe you’ve been working from home on your own for however many days, or are still turning up to work to keep society going. Maybe you don’t know when you’ll next be able to see your family or give your grandparents a hug, if ever. Some schools are closed and kids need entertaining. People cross over the street when you walk past instead of saying hello. When you go to the shops for the essentials, the shelves are bare.

You might’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and are doing everything you can not to get your partner, family, friends, neighbours and vulnerable people in your community sick. You might have lost someone to the virus and are trying to figure out how to plan their funeral under Government social distancing measures. Maybe you had to cancel your wedding or postpone a surgery you’ve been waiting years for. Maybe you lost your job or had to close your business down and are wondering how you’re going to pay your mortgage or rent.

As the days roll on, we’re all looking hard for the silver linings buried in our new ‘normal’ way of life to help us cope. It could be memes or TikTok. Walking around the block for fresh air. Reading books you’ve been meaning to but haven’t had the time until now. Muddling through a home school schedule that was always going to be too ambitious. Speaking to your psychologist on Skype. FaceTiming your parents or partner on the other side of the world every night. Making time to cry.

We asked 38 women to share the photo that sums up what their world looks like today. They’re all different, but that’s one thing we all share. Because we’re all in this together.

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Lily.

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"I live in a small apartment with no balcony so the beach and surrounds are like my backyard (I feel so grateful for that) but this really threw me off as it felt so much more real. So strange seeing people walking around but no one is allowed on the sand."

Claire.

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"Kids are home from school and the living room looks like this. Yes, that's one of my blushes on the floor."

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Jess.

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"I'm teaching seven students out of 25. Desks have been pushed aside so the students who are here can get a closer look at the work we're covering and have space to play fun games we don't always get to do."

Gemma.

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"We just moved last weekend and currently don’t have a couch. My partner is using the bedroom as his office, and I am in the lounge room. So when I finish work (much earlier than him), I lie down on this towel to watch TV to get a break from my workspace. It’s... not giving me a lot of joy right now."

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Debbie.

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"This is our new normal with my husband helping to home school our little guy. He's the most patient person I know."

Reggie.

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"Bourke St, Melbourne. Empty. We are one of the few offices that still has staff."

Zee.

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"Just on my way to the grocery store."

Renae.

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"Me in London sending my elderly mum in Perth meals to eat. Very much feeling the distance between us."

Tess.

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"Central Station in Sydney. Not a soul here but I'm still commuting."

Han.

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"My new world, moved back in with my parents as I am immunocompromised and felt it was safer here than where I currently live. It looks nice and there are perks, but I feel like I've lost my freedom and my life as I know it."

Ella.

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"I feel like I'm preparing to go into battle."

Andrea.

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"This is how we sing happy birthday to my partner this year. A bit different but we are all together."

Leigh.

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"My dad has terminal brain cancer, in the late stages now. Today my brother put dad’s golf shoes on, got his clubs and a ball and helped him have a hit from his wheelchair."

Nicky.

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"When you and your partner take turns working at home and looking after your two-year-old, the car is the quietest place to set up your home office. No complaints though, just grateful to still have a job and thankful we are all well."

Steph.

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"Evenings look like this now."

Amy.

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"This view is normally full of people dressed in suits walking briskly to work. Now it's empty and grey."

Ellie.

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"I've got to do anything to distract myself these days."

Sonia.

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"I've become even more obsessed with germs, and I already was before this started."

Charlie.

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"The streets around me are completely empty. When someone does eventually walk by they are usually on the other side of the road or move across to it. Very strange for a usually social suburb."

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Hen.

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"I live in Bath, England. We're allowed one hour a day outside for exercise. I've lived here for 10 years, I've never seen it so quiet."

Jess.

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"We live 550km from the nearest capital city. This is our only supermarket. It’s worrying."

Mia.

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"Two things I forgot about anxiety. You get cold and I forget to take my medication."

Laura.

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"This is my kids doing a 9am 'Workout With Joe'. He does a post every day and kids (and adults) all over the world are joining in."

Tegan.

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"I am at school with 10 out of 22 students, but they are outside for their playtime."

Phoebe.

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"I closed my business down because it was the right thing to do and don't know when we'll re-open. This is three generations of social distancing."

Amy.

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"I keep my mental health medication on my desk so I don't forget it now I'm not in my normal routine."

Elise.

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"How I’m dealing with lack of hugs available right now."

Rhiannon.

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"My youngest son's creation in craft homeschooling - an origami heart which he gave to me on con call yesterday."

Katie.

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"I'm six months pregnant and teaching online from home!"

Caitlin.

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"This is what I do now."

Amy.

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"My dog and I are twins now."

Megan.

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"My dog Marley is my constant companion now I’m at home, following me wherever I go. Here, he’d relocated outside to my courtyard to supervise me getting some fresh air while working on the book I’m writing."

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Lem.

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"Using a kids toilet stool as a footrest for my home office."

Sam.

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"When you find half a bottle of hand sanitizer in a handbag... VICTORY!! Does this stuff expire??"

Nicole.

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"FaceTiming my nana, she’s 82 and going crazy at home. She normally does dancing three times a week on top of her daily swim and walk. She lives about two hours from where we live and drives down regularly to see us all, so it’s really hard that she can’t right now. We’re all missing her like crazy."

Danika.

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"Flowers right next to my home computer. I work in the public service on the COVID response so anything cheery helps right now. Fortunate to be able to work from home."

Cat.

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"My Pilates/yoga studio looks a little bit different now it's in my dining room."

Daphne.

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"Trail running four meters apart and yelling out, 'What did you say?' or 'I can’t hear you!'"

Thank you to the Mamamia community for sharing your world with us. Feature image: Supplied.

What does your world look like today? Tell us in the comments below.

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