QUARANTINE - DAY 38 - 12th April 2020
Happy Easter to all. عيد الفصح - Eid Al-Fasah. The Arabic word for Easter "Fasah" is thought to come from the Aramaic word "Fasha", meaning to pass (to God).
A mother speaks of her experiences of quarantine:
Initially, on the first days in which it was announced that the coronavirus was present in the city, an atmosphere of fear, anticipation, and confusion prevailed. All institutions, such as schools, universities, public and private institutions, stopped working, and we tried to learn more about the nature of the disease. How is it transmitted from one person to another? Were there any cases and if so how many were there? There was intense fear on the part of everyone, as everyone at that stage went to their homes in a state of anticipation and fear and our city became a completely empty ghost town. There were no people in the streets and no security forces. After a week we got used to the situation here and we made a lot of changes to our daily life.
Life is now different from the regular days before quarantine. We wake in the morning but there is no work or school time for children. Our day has become long and boring. We have begun to follow social media and TV networks to update ourselves on the latest news and developments. Are there more cases of the virus? Have numbers increased? Or is it heading towards improvement. We have become very keen on preparing our meals at home with the participation of all family members, especially our children. We are teaching them about the importance of healthy eating and the importance of hand washing and hygiene, as well as eating foods that raise the body's immunity to prevent this virus from spreading further. We prepare food with their participation to keep them occupied during these difficult times. We now make our own bread - before quarantine we used to buy readymade bread. Now we try to stay at home as much as possible to minimise our trips out of the house. Going out to go to the grocery store to buy food has become more difficult and complicated, as it is necessary to sterilize all the materials, especially food that is purchased outside our houses.
I will be honest with you, it has been very difficult and tiring, especially on the psychological level. But despite all of this, there have been many positive things that have come out of this period. There has been more time to spend with my family and time for playing with my child. And we have been following school homework for children through social networks that we and the school have at home .. We have set aside time to practice sports and recreational activities in our house for our children. We continue our work and now work from home. With all of these changes, I cannot hide the fact that it is difficult because we are used to a daily routine different from all this.
We ask God to return life to normal soon...