It’s been 53 days since we had the first case of coronavirus but have you ever wonder how we cope with our daily life in the midst of the Corona Virus?
At first, it was just a small number of infected people but after a month the numbers started increasing. A member of a church went to participate in church activity and from there the virus started and been spread widely. As of March 11, there are 7,800 cases in South Korea and 61 deaths with over 200,000 people being tested. 90% of the numbers of infected were from Daegu who has been members of the church.
I live in Seoul, at this moment we have 219 cases of infected and on the district where I live we have 8 cases. As the number increases our fears started to grow. We started worrying about our daily lives and for our family. This coronavirus is not a joke and we should take it seriously.
From February 21 up to now, my son wasn’t able to go to daycare. To avoid the virus we refrain from going outside unless we need to do some important thing. We limit our time going to the supermarket, what I do is I list all I need to buy and buy it as fast as I can so we can avoid the crowd. If we can’t make it to the mart, Korea’s online shopping and delivery are very efficient and reliable so we don’t bother about our needs.
We also received emergency alerts from the government and daily reminders to wear a mask, wash our hands often and sanitize. Aside from that, we also washed and cooked our food well. Take a bath and change our clothes every day. We should learn to have proper hygiene to avoid or stop the virus from spreading.
The government is also sending goods and some necessities, especially for needy people. To avoid the hoarding of masks, the government made a policy of 2 masks per person with the 5-day rotation mask distribution. This is where you can buy only 2 masks per week and you can only line up to buy on the designated pharmacy and the day of buying depends on the last digit of the year you were born. My son was born in 2016, so I need to line up and buy during Monday and my husband and I were born in 1985 and 1975, so we need to buy masks on Friday.
To avoid the boredness of my son, I made a small space where we can play and study. My son always asks me when he will go to daycare. He always tells me that he misses his friends and teachers. It’s really different when kids go to daycare or school, play and meet their friends.
This corona outbreak made our life so different, we’ve been staying indoor for 53 days and a few more days it will be 2 months already. But life must go on, there are still different ways to enjoy our life in the midst of coronavirus.
Different Ways to Enjoy Life in the Midst of Corona Virus
- Play with our kids
- Read our favorite books
- Clean up the house
- Learn to cook since everyone is at home and you need to feed them from breakfast to dinner
- Watch movies with the kids
- Korean drama marathon
- Discover new hobbies like crochet, DIY painting, diamond beads making, cross stitch and others
I feel scared for my family but I know and I believe for the capacity and consistency of the Korean government to fight the corona outbreak. I know it will end, we should just learn to cooperate with the government. Stop pointing fingers and blaming each other, learn to follow the rules, don’t go panic buying, think about others too, help when you can and pray.
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