Q. How does Covid continue to affect you and your family?
Fear is the main factor that continues to affect me and my family. I am scared that history will repeat itself and I am scared that we will not cope. I feel lucky that both me and my husband have avoided getting covid so far but I feel like it's only a matter of time, especially with the new variant. The children tested positive in October and my 15 year old still has no sense of smell. I've learned the hard way that I need to protect my mental health. I just cannot afford to lose my guard because that is when everything unravels and it takes years to rebuild. I worry a lot about Covid so I avoid watching the news because I notice my mood plummeting whenever there is more bad news. Me and my husband had a conversation about work and we reflected on how our situation has changed since the start of the pandemic. He was made redundant earlier this year as a direct result of the pandemic. He is now classed as a key worker so at least there is some job security there. I am now permanently working from home and I am terrified that schools will close again. I'm not sure how I would continue to work and home educate my 9 year old son and my 15 year old autistic daughter.