Easter in IsolationMonday, 6 April 2020
Here’s a fun activity to help keep your spirits up, reads one meme: Keep a photo each week of your COVID-19 moustache and hold a competition with your friends to see who has the best one.
One woman responded: Can we ask our husbands to join too?
These are dark days but there’s always something to laugh about.
There is the video of a young man being told he has two options in case of a lockdown: Option A is isolating with his wife and child. “OPTION B” he yells quickly, before he even knows what it is.
There’s also a rumour that parents will find a cure for COVID-19 before scientists now that most children are home from school.
And then there are the friends who say they went into isolation looking like their own version of Jennifer Aniston but will emerge closer to Gandalf from Lord of the Rings with flowing locks of white hair.
Let’s be honest. If that’s the worst that will happen, we’re very lucky people.
This will be an Easter like no other, and it’s a time when members of our community need to take precautions extra seriously.
We still don’t know a lot about this relatively new virus and how it affects us.
The good news from Italy and China is that children and adolescents under 16 years of age who are living with type 1 diabetes are are not showing a different disease pattern and there have been no cases of COVID-19 in youth with diabetes requiring hospitalisation. Initial reports make the medical community hopeful that this means our under 16s are not at higher risk of either contracting the virus or suffering severe disease if they do get it.
However, we know people with diabetes generally are at greater risk of becoming very ill if they contract the virus, although we are not at higher risk of contracting it.
Now is not the time to relax our vigilance.
Good health tips
Your continued good health is at the centre of all that we do. Wash your hands, stay at a safe distance, and stay at home unless you’re seeing a doctor or if you need to buy food.
Try to get a friend or relative to deliver your groceries.
But don’t delay speaking with your doctor if you have concerns about your diabetes. There is information that children are presenting with diabetic ketoacidosis in greater numbers in Italy as their parents didn’t want to take them to a doctor for fear of contracting the virus.
Remember, there are risks to our wellbeing other than COVID-19.
Also remember that despite Italy facing a terrible toll, they have not faced any toilet paper shortages. “We think it must be an Anglo-Saxon thing,” one man outside Milan laughed. Why was it that we feared running out of toilet paper more than batteries, for example?
Then there’s the bright young thing who stuck a sticker on their sock to look like an eye, moulded the sock to their hand, and took it to the window to present a “monster” eating passing cars. It doesn’t sound like much, but everyone laughs.
And maybe that’s the best we can do at the moment.
Happy Easter, friends. If it’s not, remember that there are happier and easier days ahead.