One minute your best friend won’t come near you because they treat you like you’ve got the plague ‘cause they’re terrified.

[Interviewer]

What pre- How has Covid-19 impacted your daily life?

[Kate]

It makes me quite angry because I believe it’s blown out of proportion and people are being scared when they necessarily shouldn’t be as scared as they are because the numbers aren’t right and the actual numbers- you know there’s people terrified. People depressed, people scared and I don’t believe they should be because the numbers aren’t true.

[Interviewer]

That’s what my mom says too, she works in the healthcare-

[Kate]

It’s ridiculous. Ridiculous. 

[Interviewer]

What did you under-appreciate before Covid-19 and what do you appreciate more?

[Kate]

I appreciate being able to go out for a meal ‘cause you don’t realize how lucky you were to be able to do that before. I appreciate... you know I appreciate bloody, being able to be back at the market, do things again. It’s... yeah it’s- it was ridiculous. Still is.

[Interviewer]

Yeah, like not being able to go out and meet people.

[Kate]

Yeah definitely. Definitely. 

[Interviewer]

How did isolation affect you and how does it affect your relationships?

[Kate]

To be honest, I had a couple of- it’s put strain on a couple of close friendships, just differences of opinion. Like one minute your best friend won’t come near you because they treat you like you’ve got the plague ‘cause they’re terrified, so it puts a strain and it impacts friendships because you’re on two sides of the coin. I think that’s been the worst thing about relationships with people, having different opinions! You know you were... you were best friends and close to lots of people and one minute life’s fine and the next minute you’ve been forced into a... completely different way of looking at things and somebody who you thought shared the same interests suddenly has an absolute opposite opinion to you. It’s been weird. Weird.

[Interviewer]

Definitely, like lets you see like, how close like, it definitely tests how close you really are with your friends.

[Kate]

Yeah and how much you really knew them!

[Interviewer]

Yeah.

[Kate]

And what you thought they thought.

[Interviewer]

Last question is what pre-covid memory keeps you hopeful and what possible future keeps you going?

[Kate]

That this nonsense will be over soon. That life will get back to normal. That people will stop- like now! If you don’t wear a mask people look at you like-it’s like you feel judged! Everybody has a right to...to be who they are and believe what they want to believe. I can’t wait ‘till it’s over. I think it’s... I honestly think it’s ridiculous.