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one of my friends has a friend in Melbourne, Australia.
which is under a severe lockdown.
here's what this friend wrote.
it's been 3 months.
since I saw another human face.
besides, my partners.
7 months since my partner and I had a little break together in the form of going and having a coffee down the street.
over a year since I last set out in nature.
sitting staring at the wall for two hours again, unable to move, despair.
horrible negative emotions, virtually all day.
awake entire nights.
I can't think of anything to look forward to, because I don't know when we will be allowed to do anything.
just go for a drive, go to the forest, just go somewhere together.
Far from all this.
we are not allowed.
the police could enter our homes at any point and arrest us if we say the wrong thing online, that has happened.
this doesn't feel human.
I don't smile, I don't laugh.
I worked out the other day and I felt nothing, no pain, nothing would register as pain, I couldn't feel anything.
I feel far away from myself.
sometimes I forget how long the day has been going for.
Does it matter.
you're not allowed to leave, even if family members are terminally ill, they could die before we are let out of Melbourne, we got told it isn't a good enough reason to be let out.
you aren't allowed more than 5 kilometers from your house, you aren't allowed to buy a takeaway coffee and sit under a tree.
on the ground, anywhere that isn't your house.
This isn't human, this isn't human, this isn't human, this isn't human.
There is no empathy here.
no price is too high, suicide is not too great a price to pay.
Self harm is not too great a price to pay.
Structural brain changes in large portions of the population is not too high a price to pay.
Do you know what prolonged social isolation does to the brain?
we are made to feel it does not matter.
because all we are our numbers.
we are not people, we are the masses without a say.
without a time period to look forward to, when we can hug again.
I am sharing my experience because you should know the truth.
a faceless number in Melbourne.