Coronavirus: “Self-isolating will cost me £600”

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“It’s quite hard, even after two days. Cabin fever sets in, and not knowing whether you’ll start to get symptoms is stressful.”

Alex, who is on a work placement with an ecological consultancy, is self-isolating after a trip to Tenerife, even though it will leave him out of pocket.

He was on the north of the island when reports started to come out about the coronavirus being detected in a Tenerife hotel.

Although Alex, and the people he was with, had not been to the hotel, they felt there was a possibility they could have come into contact with someone who had.

So when they got home, they decided to keep themselves apart from everyone else for at least two weeks.

Alex, who is studying natural sciences at Nottingham University, is on a work placement at an ecological consultancy. He is missing out on about £600 of pay by self-isolating.

That is quite a chunk of money for Alex, who has to save up, for example, to pay rent.

“I’m lucky – my work are on board with it,” he says. “I’m losing out massively. I don’t earn a lot of money. It’s going to bring me very close to financial difficulties.”

Alex is currently staying at his parents’ house, but he says: “I want to go home and see my partner.”

So why do it? Even though Alex is aware that a relatively small number of coronavirus cases have become critical, he wants to help cut down the risk of spreading the disease to those people who it could affect severely.

His girlfriend works with vulnerable people, and he doesn’t want to take the risk of passing the virus to her, if he has it, and so on to them.

Alex recognises that he is “in a unique position with a flexible job” but he thinks it is very important to try to limit the spread of the disease.

Source: BBC News

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