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Lockdown Letters 'It’s an extremely frightening time in Spain, but I worry how things are being handled back home'

In this special series, ‘Lockdown Letters' gives our readers at home and across the globe an opportunity to share their stories about how the Coronavirus and the measures to tackle its spread are impacting their lives in these unprecedented times.

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Chloe Creaven, originally from Galway, is living in Madrid, Spain.

Chloe Creaven, originally from Galway, is living in Madrid, Spain.

Chloe Creaven, originally from Galway, is living in Madrid, Spain.

Originally from Co Galway, I moved to Madrid in September 2019 to teach English as a second language.

My isolation journey began on March 12 when every school in the city shut its doors. Despite a lot of my friends and family urging me to come home, I ultimately decided travelling wasn’t the safest option and that it would be best to stay.

Within 48 hours, I went from going about my normal routine to being confined to the four walls of my apartment.

Officially, the country is in a state of emergency and honestly, it’s an extremely frightening time here.

The numbers contracting Covid-19 are rising dramatically each day and even some of my friends have fallen ill. I would have been in contact with these friends, presumably when the virus was already in their system, so as an asthma sufferer there is an additional fear of getting sick. This thought was very frightening but as time moves ever so slowly along, and I have not shown any symptoms yet, the fear is abating somewhat.

Thankfully I’ve managed to maintain a somewhat normal routine. I’m fortunate enough to be teaching online in the mornings. The rest of the day is just a matter of trying to keep busy. We try to set ourselves a new goal each day, however big or small.

I think a lot about how things are being handled back home and worry for my friends and family. No one really comprehends the severity of the situation here and realistically it’s only a matter of time before things escalate at home.

If I could pass on any advice it would be to stay informed, stay positive and please stay inside.

We look forward to getting back to normal life, whenever that may be, and we look to the day when Spain, like Ireland, will smile again.

We are living history. The challenges posed by Covid 19 are similar the world over but everybody’s experience of this emergency will be different. In this special series, ‘Lockdown Letters' gives our readers at home and across the globe an opportunity to share their stories about how the Coronavirus and the measures to tackle its spread are impacting their lives in these unprecedented times.

Please email your submission (400 words max.) to stories@independent.ie along with a photograph. We will publish as many letters as possible on Independent.ie and a selection in print every week.

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