“The situation has been quite drastic in Spain, with both fatality and contagion numbers possibly higher than previously reported. As a result, two of the three ice rinks in Madrid were made into makeshift morgues, including the one near us where my daughter Carlota skates and where my boyfriend played hockey for many years. Some of the stories are dreadful — people are admitted into the ICU and sometimes die alone.
The restrictive lockdown (people are basically only allowed out to grocery shop or care for elders) went into effect on March 15 in Madrid and is still ongoing. We initially had our doubts as to how it would unfold — people in Spain spend a lot of time outside.
At first, people had the typical reaction to storm supermarkets for food and toilet paper, but it calmed down pretty quickly. Most people now use masks and gloves, and stores keep hand sanitizer at the doors and disinfect carts.
Working from home was an easy option for me, and overall it’s been quite manageable. However, it is harder on the kids: our daughter hasn’t been outside in five weeks and misses the park and her school friends. So we make sure to have webcam chats with family and friends, exercise, dance, do school work, arts and crafts. The key is keeping a routine.
We try to focus on the positive, such as being healthy. Also, we found out that the police are going around singing “Happy Birthday” to neighbourhood kids. We’re looking forward to hearing the sirens this Friday when Carlota turns five — it recently dawned on her that she couldn’t celebrate with friends, so we hope they show up!”