My Life on the Alert


Like in a movie: a ghost town where all people are locked up in their houses. For an indefinite time the inhabitants will stare at the same four walls. Hospitals are overcrowded and more and more people are carried away by a previously unknown disease. To find a vaccination, people are being experimented on. However, this is the current situation in Spain and in general in the whole world. Residents are only allowed to go out to buy food or medicine or to go for a quick walk with the dog. With the beginning of the state of alert on 14 March, life in Spain has changed dramatically.

4 months ago, when we celebrated Christmas, the people in China suffered from a terrible disease, which name I did not know until then and I was not interested. China had had similar diseases in the last years and none had had a big influence in my life, so I was not worried.

The disease spread quickly and 2 months ago other countries were already infected. Until now everything seemed to be controlled. I still remember my father telling me that we shouldn’t book our holidays yet, but would rather wait and see how everything develops. “Of course,” I thought, “not that the country we were going to has many corona virus cases.” For me it was unimaginable that the disease would affect me and my country one day. Another thing that I found crazy was when my grandfather told us that he would rather not see us again, so that he would not infect us. On the one hand I laughed at how could he believe that he could have the virus? On the other hand, I was pretty upset. I couldn’t see my grandfather anymore because he didn’t want to infect us with an “insignificant” virus.

Then, on March 8, all the schools in Madrid were unexpectedly closed. I heard my parents talking about how classes had been cancelled until further notice because of the virus. At that moment I was very happy, I had no school anymore, especially no class tests! I quickly told my friends who lived in other cities and they were all very happy. When a friend of mine said to me: “You will probably be bored”, I answered her: “No way, I will meet with friends.                                                

Two days after they closed our school, classes were cancelled all over Spain. Now my friends were happy with me. However, my plans for this weekend were cancelled. Nobody wanted their children to go out in this crisis. All of a sudden the situation was serious. The problem was much bigger than I thought. 



While chaos reigned, it had become very quiet outside. Supermarkets had hardly any food, the police checked that the streets were empty and hospitals had no more room. So dramatic was the situation that a hospital for 5,500 beds was built in Madrid to house patients suffering from coronavirus. Within 48 hours. I could only help by staying at home.


I slowly got used to the new system, i.e. learning independently at home and not being allowed to go out. These are complicated days for everyone. Teachers and students now have to prepare for lessons in a different way and adapt to situations that nobody has experienced before. Of course you couldn’t prepare yourself for this either. My sister and I take turns to take the dog out into the fresh air. After four days of hard work I developed a routine. After getting ready in the morning, I start with my schoolwork. After dinner I have time to do different activities with my family. For example, we organized a painting competition. We also play new board games or clean up the house thoroughly. I have also started to try out different recipes and read books in other languages. Part of my routine is to do sports with my family from 7-8 am. We alternate with sports, sometimes cardio, others do aerobics.

What I have learned so far from this terrible situation is that negative things can also be something positive. The solidarity of people with people who work as doctors, paramedics, nurses, pharmacists or salesmen in the supermarkets is great. People feel cold


But not only in China, also in Spain, Europe and generally all over the world. Moreover, the water in the canals in Venice has cleaned up and now fish, swans and even dolphins can be seen. We are curious to see how the situation develops and are already looking forward to the time after the quarantine.