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Our country is tight-knit - but stresses of lockdown could see social fabric fray

Martina Devlin


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Gesture: Hearts are being knitted for people in palliative care – coronavirus patients are deprived of human touch and love from their relatives. Photo: Amber Cantwell/PA Wire

Gesture: Hearts are being knitted for people in palliative care – coronavirus patients are deprived of human touch and love from their relatives. Photo: Amber Cantwell/PA Wire

Gesture: Hearts are being knitted for people in palliative care – coronavirus patients are deprived of human touch and love from their relatives. Photo: Amber Cantwell/PA Wire

How precarious the present feels, even as the parameters of our world are about to be extended by a few kilometres. Whether the exclusion zone is 5km or 2km, our reality remains shrunken.

But there are ways to challenge this telescoped reality: acts of kindness and sharing can draw us closer together as we stay apart.


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