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Denley: COVID-19 – a few life lessons from two weeks of self-isolation

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31.03.2020

It’s easy to regard two weeks of mandatory self-isolation as trivial, and it is, compared to the experiences of health care workers, first responders and those who are sick with COVID-19.

That said, losing control over the conduct of my day-to-day life proved a little more challenging than I had anticipated. Like other returning travellers, I was obliged to spend 14 days at home. I thought that would be a snap, but in the end, I have gained a new respect for the efficacy of house arrest, which is certainly not a punishment-free lark.

In some ways, I was well-prepared for self-isolation. As I often used to say with semi-seriousness, my ideal plan for any given day was to remain on my property in Carp, venturing into the village when I felt like, and even driving as far as Kanata when absolutely essential. Plus, I have been working from home for years, so the work disruption that is affecting so many others wasn’t going to be a problem for me.

The experience of being locked........

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