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Yes, coronavirus and lockdown are scary - but the kids will be alright

Barbara McCarthy


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Even in Western society, there has rarely been a time when a virus didn’t define a generation. Stock picture

Even in Western society, there has rarely been a time when a virus didn’t define a generation. Stock picture

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Even in Western society, there has rarely been a time when a virus didn’t define a generation. Stock picture

I had the great pleasure of seeing my niece and nephew this week. It was brief and through the car window, but lovely nonetheless.

As I watched them walk where I used to play as a child, I got a sudden jolt of pathos over the innocence of their childhood lost. They can't see their friends or their beloved cousin - my daughter.

They can't go to the shops without people treating them like lepers. They can't go to school, kiss their grandparents or go to the playground.