The whole situation feels surreal. I remember back in March when everyone was treating it quite lightly and that by June this will all be resolved, but now it’s October and we’re still in the same pandemic. It was definitely handled poorly by our government and although this is completely out of the blue and not something many people could have predicted, the way the government chose to respond spoke volumes. It was very clear from the beginning that the people’s interests are not put at the forefront essentially, especially since from the beginning the prime minister gave very confusing broad statements and sometimes (even now) contradicts himself. I personally took it very seriously as I didn’t want to lose my loved ones, but I know many people who didn’t and still don’t. Sometime during the summer my mum took a test and it was confirmed that she had traces of Covid back in January when she went on holiday with my dad and they were both sick out of nowhere. Strangely enough this seemed to ease my worries a little since my mum still needed to go into work sometimes. I became so unmotivated and lazy and used to just staying at home, I remember struggling to do my online exams in May and also how upsetting my grades were since I had done worse than before. It’s a strange period and most people have tried to make light of the situation and use their time wisely to work out or start a new hobby but I personally feel like I’ve wasted 6 months and have nothing to show for it. I also worked during a supermarket during the summer so the amount of customers who refused to wear PPI and who didn’t care to respect the guidelines and other people started to get irritating. Either way, overall this experience has been just strange and abnormal and I don’t wish to go through something like this again.