John Gould - retired 22 years
Photographed 28th April 2020 - 37 days into lockdown 

    When and how did Covid-19 enter your world?

I first became directly aware of the ramifications when as a family we were unable to go out together to dinner on Mother’s Day on March 22nd which is an occasion we normally enjoy.

What is the biggest way in which lockdown has changed your daily life? 

Lack of direct face to face contact with friends and family

What moment in Covid ‘life’ stands out for you? 

    Nothing special stands out and from experience, so far, I think it will be a distant memory – for me – in say two years after it has been defeated.   However getting the country back together again could be worse than the disease.   Let’s hope not.

What have been the good things about this period? 

It has high-lighted the important part played by care workers and nurses whose efforts previously went un-noticed, unless you were personally affected – and we all are at certain stages in our lives.   If it serves to improve their remuneration this will be a bonus. (pun not intended)

What have been the most painful aspects of this period?

    I couldn’t exactly describe it as “painful” but not being completely in charge of your own itinerary, eg personally, not being able to go to the pub to watch my football team – Spurs.   At certain times this could be a blessing !

What will you take from this period going forward? 

  At the moment – nothing – and as the episode unfolds I shall be quite content for this to prevail.

Written 29th April 2020

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