Day 4 – 26/03/2020
The number of Coronavirus deaths in the UK has jumped by more than 100 in a day for the first time. The death toll has risen from 475 to 578, with 11,658 confirmed cases. The government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson. Numbers add fear, but they also make real people feel like statistics. Today, I felt helpless. So, we made a rainbow. People across the country are creating rainbows and displaying them in their windows to help people feel positive in these strange times, as well as showing support for frontline workers. It was really nice to work on this project together with my Mum. We glued lines of brightly coloured, balled up tissue paper onto the window to form our rainbow. We might live in the same house, but I feel like we do not spend all that much time as a family, so I enjoyed making art with my Mum. It is a small positive in the grand scheme of the world, but it helped me to feel a little less helpless. In the evening we also participated in a country-wide “Clap for Carers” – in which the nation stood at their windows and doors at 8pm to give a round of applause to celebrate the NHS and everyone working to help tackle this pandemic. Landmarks were lit in blue in honour of the NHS, and we added a string of blue fairylights to the rainbow window in tribute. We live on the outskirts of Edinburgh, on a fairly quiet street, but even we could hear clapping echoing. It was really moving.