I landed back in Sydney after 12 days in South Africa last weekend, just before the government enforced two seek self-isolation for anyone who had been overseas.
Being in South Africa, now that I’m home, was bliss (perhaps ignorant, but bliss nonetheless). There wasn’t one case of COVID-19 over there when we departed and 13 by the time we got back. No one really talked about it, save a few Aussie tourists if you got chatting at a restaurant, and if they did, they were calm. The supermarkets were fully stocked with tissues and toilet paper.
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I returned to Sydney to live with my family while my apartment is renovated. Living with my family means sharing a house with my parents, both of which are elderly and one of which has terminal cancer. So although I haven’t technically had to stay at home this week, I have done so anyway. It’s the right thing to do by my folks and the general community.
It means I have spent a lot of time watching the news and scrolling my phone. And what I’ve noticed is that some people, and brands, are using self-isolation and social-distancing to tell us to use this time to do a face mask, or take a bath, or bake organic sugar-free blueberry muffins.
Which is well-meaning. And great… if doing so helps reduce your worry and anxiety right now.
But it’s also absolutely fine if it doesn’t.
I make a living out of recommending beauty products to people and I also have a baby, so ordinarily, I am the first person to tell my mum friends to have a long hot bath with a sheet mask on after a long day of wrangling screaming toddlers.
But the way a lot of us are feeling right now isn’t the same as we felt a little while ago. The anxiety of this week can’t compare to a touched-out mum come 6 p.m. or to scrambling to meet an impending work deadline by Friday.
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