industry operations agent at an energy company
Coventry, UK
We have one of the highest infection rates in the world at the moment, but life itself is "normal". There is no high tension, no panic or disorder in most cases. No sense of oppression on the streets from authorities. There is a bit of confusion of course.
What keeps me going most of the time is my 9 to 5 job – I'm lucky to have it. After, I workout, have dinner or go grocery shopping & before you know it – I'm off to bed again.

There are some positives of the lockdown. First, I can save money. Secondly, I realised that I can motivate myself to work out from home. And I get to sleep! I don't have to take transport, after work I just close my laptop and that's it – done for today.
Also, I've gotten into making smoothies. I bought a smoothie machine, watched some YouTube videos and make them in different colours. I've been enjoying this a lot.

But my public life doesn't exist anymore. I have to live my life indoors for my own safety and for the safety of other people. I live with my housemates, but it still feels lonely at times because we are not "best friends", we are separate people. At least, I get to see them and talk to them in the kitchen.

I think that after the lockdown the paranoia might linger for at least a few years. It is similar to all major tragic events that have happened in the world. For instance, 9/11 in NY triggered a global sense of terror and paranoia. People started tightening regulations and became very serious about travelling. In the same sense coronavirus can have a deep impact. We might have a new regulatory system after the lockdown is over, which will redefine what freedom means to people. My ultimate hope is that someone finds a vaccine, so we can carry on with life.
current state