Many of us might be feeling confused by the waves of nostalgia washing over us at the mention of lockdown. We are supposed to hate that time, feel shivers at the sheer memory of it. However, as we tentatively start to go back to “normal”, we might find that the strange time inside has left its mark on us.
At the beginning of the spread of Covid-19, there was a scramble amongst scientists and governments globally to trace the origin of the virus. The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market quickly became the centre of Covid origin narratives in both media and scientific discourse, since many of the first patients had visited the market. A flurry of scientific papers came out calling for the ban of ‘wet markets’ in China, eventually garnering support from the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in April 2020.
Over the last 18 months, the Covid-19 pandemic has been characterised by the stark inequalities that shape Britain.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been causing havoc around the world, while vaccines provide glimmers of hope for a better future. Nevertheless, for mass vaccination to be rapid and consistent, good organisation is crucial.
With the recent easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK, I have been itching to venture into a bookshop for a browse, and Zadie Smith’s Intimations was one of the first books I picked up.
It all started in January 2021. Whilst drafting an article for The Sundial Journal’s first edition on “The challenges students face with sustainable fashion”, my mental health declined, and I was unable to write the article. I was so frustrated with this relapse and that, of all the days in the year, that it happened when I was actually doing something really cool and exciting. Virtually nobody got through 2020 without experiencing these emotions.
Everyone remembers where they were on Monday 23rd March 2020 – the transition into what became the ‘new normal’. Fewer, however, contemplated just how much it would profoundly shape everyday life. In my case, for the better.