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How i'm keeping busy doing the quarantine period

Unless you have been living under a rock, you may know that coronavirus has struck and has affected the world. Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The symptoms include a high temperature, shortness of breath and fever, just to name a few.

Coronavirus is said to have originated from a seafood and poultry market late last year and has spread to at least 147 countries and has killed 7,800 people in a matter of weeks, according to the New York times. China has reported its first known death on January 11th, which was a 61-year old man who was a regular customer at the market where the illness may have originated. Due to this, many countries have been on lockdown and schools, universities, nurseries, and some businesses have been temporarily closed. During this time, my classes have been switched to online instead of face-to-face.

In the meantime, I've taken the time to come off social media, as I find it very draining and I want to focus my energy into being creative and to find out what interests me more. I’ve recently watched a documentary called The Mask You Live In. It was basically about how boys are trained from young how a man should behave. They are told that being a man is tied to your athletic ability and economic success and that showing emotion takes away your manhood. Which are obviously lies. It was eye opening to see how most men tend to hide their feelings due to social prejudice and how they have to stay strong because they are a man. This ties up with the brief I just finished about mental health and Long-Term Conditions. I noticed that people with Long Term Health Conditions tend to bottle up their emotions and not express how they are feeling due to the fear of being judged.

I am subscribed to the Business of Fashion which is a fashion media company that shares the latest news on fashion. To be very honest, it is something I don't read that often, but it is something i will pick up on now that I have some free time.

I’ve recently finished reading a book called Fashion Brands (see recent blog post) and Fashionopolis, which is another fashion related book. I’ve also ordered another book called Hegarty on Creativity. I’m curious to know that this book has to offer. I believe it was one of the books I had to read during reading week, but I’ve decided to read up on it now.

Since I've been finding it hard to find my creative side, I go onto Pinterest to gain inspiration on anything I find aesthetically pleasing. I also find Pinterest a place where I can find reposted images I like and save them into different subheadings so I can refer back to them later.

This lockdown period has made me realise the little things for granted. Such as going out for a walk or going to a store that is fully stocked with essentials. Going on from that, it has exposed how many people don't take cleaning or their personal hygiene seriously. Basic necessities like hand sanitiser, toilet paper, antibacterial wipes or even hand soap are barely in stock and are sold out in a matter of seconds. I have never seen this happen other than now and it bothers me how selfish people can be when a crisis is taking place. I’ve seen countless images of people stock-piling these necessities which makes it hard for others to access such needs.

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