"You worry when you hear that an elderly life is worth less than a 50-year-old's"

Life in the time of coronavirus for a 23-year-old graphic designer in Valencia

click to enlarge Las Fallas is a huge festival that happens every year in Valencia with outrageous and large floats. It was cancelled because of COVID-19 so the writer got creative and made her own coronavirus-inspired float. - SUBMITTED
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Las Fallas is a huge festival that happens every year in Valencia with outrageous and large floats. It was cancelled because of COVID-19 so the writer got creative and made her own coronavirus-inspired float.
The Coast is collecting and sharing dispatches from around the world about what life in the time of COVID-19 looks like, smells like and feels like. Some people are beyond the worst of it, some don't know the worst yet. Most are just trying to keep afloat. Share your own story here.

Who are you?

I am an industrial design engineer working for an automotive company.

Where do you live?
Valencia, Spain
 
What is your life like right now?
Coronavirus could be the latest Netflix series released in China, arrived in Spain and we have not even seen the last chapter yet. At the beginning, I was blind. I didn't want to see what was really coming. I was expecting to have some days of vacation (because we had a huge local holiday called las Fallas) with some friends that were coming to visit me. (They didn't end up coming.) Coronavirus arrived and everything stopped, everything changed.

I was excited at the beginning with the idea of working from home (after 10 days of it, I'm realizing it is really nice). I made myself a healthy routine, I was motivated and the first week was OK, but taking into account that I am spending this quarantine alone, days have started feeling long. I have different moods during the day. I try to be positive and productive. I have cleaned the whole apartment and signed up for some online courses. However you start to worry for those relatives that are infected.

You start being concerned about the situation when your friend's father has passed away alone in the hospital and they were not able to say goodbye, when you watch on the news that there is not room enough in the hospital. You worry when you hear that an elderly life is worth less than a 50-year-old's. That process is sad. It's shit.

I would like to say to the world that coronavirus is not a joke, is a reality. I would like to invite to the world to stay at home as much as possible, to be sympathetic.

What would you say to your pre-coronavirus self?
This is not a joke. Stay at home.

When did you have your "oh shit, this is serious" moment?

March 13, 2020.

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Caora McKenna

Caora is the City Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from city hall to police and housing issues. She’s been with The Coast since 2017, when she began as the publication’s Copy Editor.

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