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Lockdown: the only certainty now is that I haven't a clue

Sarah Carey


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Frontline heroes: Linda Rochford (right) and Sophia Kelly, who work in catering at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, take a photo in front of a new mural thanking Health Service Executive workers for their efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Frontline heroes: Linda Rochford (right) and Sophia Kelly, who work in catering at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, take a photo in front of a new mural thanking Health Service Executive workers for their efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Frontline heroes: Linda Rochford (right) and Sophia Kelly, who work in catering at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, take a photo in front of a new mural thanking Health Service Executive workers for their efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Lockdown - apart from fighting with the teenagers over school work - is relatively easy for me. I miss my friends, but I live in the country and there's plenty of space to enjoy the sunshine. I get my work done online and go for a ride on the Royal Canal Greenway near my home. I'm managing to get simultaneously fit and fat. This is not, by any means, the worst time in my life.

But it can't go on and others are enduring real suffering, so the Cabinet must decide how to proceed, stuck between the rock of a medical crisis and the hard place of an economic one.


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