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Domestic abuse, the other deadly killer

The prospect of isolation for several months is daunting, but abuse support workers say isolation with an abuser is like a “pressure cooker”.

As Covid-19 works its way through the UK and the rest of the world it would seem that the measures put in place by governments are the right thing to do to protect people’s health. For some health is the least of their concern. Experts have already warned that the isolation instructions set out by the government are likely to cause an increase in domestic abuse cases. Read more

Covid-19: How isolation can affect the psyche

Several more people are forced to be home isolated, which puts a question on how this will affect the psyche on different individuals. On March the 23, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the United Kingdom was on lockdown, and people need to respect the social distance, therefore they are only allowed to leave the house for the necessary. This leaves many individuals home only in company with themselves. In general study from 2018 show that 9 million people in the UK often or always feel lonely according to Co-op and the British Red Cross. Furthermore, that half a million older individuals can go five to six days a week without having any social communication.

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Therefore in general loneliness is a factor several individual is battling, and these times with self-isolation only makes the situation more difficult. 
87-year-old Lis Andersen from Aalborg, Denmark is describing her difficulty with the isolation. 

“ I am used to being a very active and social woman, going to yoga, choir and dancing. Now I have to be isolated at home, not having any family or friends visiting and even staying away from my daughter’s 64-year-old birthday. I can feel this is making me very depressive and having an effect on my psyche” says Andersen.

Society needs to show awareness of the psychological consequences isolation can have. Psychologist, Ida Koch has researched for 25 years in the psychological outcome penal cells and isolations can have on people.     

It doesn’t take much for people to get isolation syndromes that can affect cognitively, emotionally and physicallyThe problem is that we do not know when the government will release the requirements – this can last for two months and it is a moment of uncertainty” says Koch.

Giving the matter awareness:

Source: The Guardian

Koch points out regarding the older generation that isolation can cause cognitive problems, especially with their memory. Furthermore, the longer the isolation lasts the more serious the symptoms will get. The uncertainty and fear of the crisis can have a psychological effect on the human being; therefore Koch finds it necessary for people to reach out and the governments to discuss this matter. 

It would make sense to have some available information about the normal reactions, to not having the freedom of movement and being secluded from the outside world, so that people understand why they suddenly experience difficulty sleeping or are unsafe” says expert in psychology and isolation, Ida Koch. 

Home abortion pill is now an option doing Coronavirus

The 31 March the UK government announced the possibility for a pregnant woman to have alternative options in these times. It is now possible for a woman to take the two abortion pills at home, instead of going to the clinic to have an abortion. The use of home abortion pills is a temporary plan, and a doctor needs to have had a conversation with the individual over the mobile phone. The new option for women has raised discussion, as there lay various options on abortion and whether the home pill is ethically right.    

Over the past week’s non-profit charity supporters and campaigners like British Pregnancy Advisory Service, has been active in supporting the right to have an abortion at home.

Volunteer supporters have been very active on social media to give the dilemma and issue awareness doing these times. They have addressed Prime Minister Boris Johnson several times, in efforts to make it possible for women to take both pills at home.

We try our very best in all areas of our work in regards to awareness. Firstly, to ensure individuals needing our services know where to find us. Also, we think it is so important to create a level of public awareness surrounding reproductive rights” Says Katie from BPAS.

Because of this awareness to the issue, the government choose to limit the risk of getting infected by avoiding woman to go to the clinic. In England, around 180.000 abortions are carried out each year, according to The Department of Health. Therefore, the new change in policy regarding abortion has made it much easier for women to have a safe home abortion.

What about Northern Ireland?

The dilemma still continues in Northern Ireland, as they normally do not carry out abortion patients are forced to travel to England to have an abortion. This law in Northern Ireland changed in October 2019 and was set to apply in society in April 2020. However, since the coronavirus situation Northern Ireland, have not established any alternative for the women.

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Therefore, if the women of Northern Ireland wish to have an abortion, they are still forced to travel to England. Women of Northern Ireland have over the last couple of weeks been travelling with ferry and public transport to reach the clinics of England, in a time when governments are telling them to stay home. BPAS are sharing their concerns about women leaving their houses when governmental specifically advise everyone to stay home. BPAS is, therefore, fighting for the use of telemedicine abortion in the home space, so individuals do not need to travel the long journey. 

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5 ways to help your local community through Coronavirus

1. Support local businesses

If you still have the same income as usually one way to help the community through the outbreak, can be by supporting your local businesses that you usually go to every month. If we wish these small local businesses to still be upstanding after coronavirus, one way to show your support can be to donate the amount to your hairdresser, you normally would have paid for a haircut.

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2. Help local neighbours

Even the small gestures matters. Therefore, if you do not financially have the opportunity to support local businesses, another way to help the community can be to help the local neighbours in your area. Ninna Bøg normally works in a nursery in Aalborg, Denmark but is home now due to the virus. She is showing her support by helping her 83-year-old neighbour, Lis with her daily tasks. This way Lis do not need to go to the grocery stores and pick up her medicine at the pharmacy, and risk a chance of infection, as Ninna is taking care of these tasks. This is one way people can help the local community, as it can be too risky for the older people to leave the house due to the lower chance of surviving the infection. Ninna is describing in the video, how they help each other in their community in Aalborg.     

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3. Spreading positive energy

Keep a positive mind-set and energy both in real life and on the online platform. In these times several individuals spend much more time online and are forced to communicate through the digital media, therefore it is relevant to keep a positive and hopeful energy online. In these days it is normal to be nervous about the outcome, but by spreading negativity online, will only cause unnecessary panic and drama. Therefore, try to post things online, which will lift people and help them through these hard times.   

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4. Ordering takeaway

Since it is not possible to go out for dinner and socialise, many restaurants now offer takeaway and delivery services. This is a great way for restaurants still to be financially going and keeping a social distance for the virus not to spread.

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In the UK there has been an increase in 2020 of 9,8 % of food delivery compared to the same period in 2019, according to Statista. This indicates, that the Brits are supporting local takeaway and delivery services, and they might have a positive outcome of the crisis.


5. Make donations or volunteer work

A way to help the local community can be with making a donation to a charity you feel passionate for. Another way can be by doing volunteer work for NHS organisations, and if you have a special skill the local hospital need, you can always volunteer there.

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Additionally, if you are well you can join the NHS volunteer responders, and help the healthcare system with simple tasks such as, delivering medicine and driving individuals from and to the hospital. You can even if not able to leave the house, sign up for the mobile service “check-in and chat”, to have a small chat with people who might feel lonely in these times.   

Thing to keep you busy during lockdown

  1. Netflix

Most of us will be watching a lot more TV than normal as it is, so I’m sure this was not a needed recommendation. But I suggest Netflix specifically due to its algorithms. It constantly recommends films and series which are similar to things you have previously watched. Also, it’s range of genres will keep you entertained for days on end.

2. Read

Reading requires a sort of dedication and time consumption that movies do not. They also allow you to use your own imagination. Your own interpretations. Downloading books on your phone is extremely easy if you don’t have access to any books.

3. Download TikTok

Learning and rehearsing TikTok dance routines takes up a lot of energy. Both kids and adults have been using the app to pass time, so it’s entirely worth a try. 

4. Practice cooking

Broadening your personal menu will keep you busy in those evenings of boredom. Attempt to cook things you’ve never tried before. Or even baking.

5. Learn a language

To learn a new language is not easy, but definitely a remarkable achievement. It strengthens learning skills that many of us have not touched upon since school times. But study of a new language will keep your brain stimulated and ultimately provide you with a great new skill. 

6. Work out

Having absolutely nothing to do can demotivate you to put in that exercise you really need. Therefore, is extremely important you set out some time to keep yourself active. Working out at home provides a sort of comfort gym lacks. The amount or intensity you do is entirely up to you. 

7. Pamper day

In times like this it is urged to take extra care of yourself. As specially in such stressful times. Set aside a day to do more nothing than usual. Have a long bath, wash your hair, etc.

8. Seek out new hobbies

Invest in something you are passionate about. Do that little bit extra that may help you with any career goals or aspirations you may have.

9. Clean

There’s literally no better time to declutter your life than now. Take this as an opportunity to deep clean your home and free up some space. All those clothes you don’t wear; put them in a bag to give to charity. That cabinet full of God knows what; have a look through it. Sort out all those little areas you never get around to on a regular day. 

Lockdown laziness: social media to entertain the masses

Since the March the 22nd, London has been on lockdown to reduce the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.

The Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, has put a stop to many public proceedings confining active Londoners to their homes, looking for endless forms of entertainment.

Luckily, our non-stop internet celebrities knew exactly what to do to keeps young Londoners, high in spirits. For concert goers who missed the thrill of being entertained by their favourite musicians, well lucky for them, the musician have brought the music to them – for free!

Musicians are taking to social media to host radio shows, cover concerts and all sorts for their fans to get involved.

Rapper Tory Lanez, who’s music is much appreciated in London, has created his own source of entertainment with his new radio show – ‘Quarantine Radio’.

Using the livestream feature on Instagram, the US rapper has blessed many of his followers by playing a wide variety of  music as well as having A-list celebrities such as Drake, guest star on his ‘show’.

Fans too are able to get involved, a the radio show also switches over to a talent shows. Viewers get the opportunity to show case their talent whether it being singing, dancing, or sports and are then given a rating from the remaining viewers on how well they performed.

Despite the social distancing measures, due to the availability of social, young londoners are able to make the most of their time, although most may be spent bed-ridden.

Though not the most common form of entertainment, but for many londoners ‘fitness’ is essential in their day to day routines. British fitness coach, Joe Wicks, has been at the frontline, supplying their daily craving of fitness.

Wicks has been inspiring many to keep fit during these stressful times of the lockdown with his livestreams on the popular site, Youtube, amassing over 1 million views each.  In an interview with CNN, Mr wicks spoke on the reason he does these livestreams.

“I want people to feel optimistic during this tough period. For the first time, children, teenagers and adults are being fit and active together”

If fitness is not your thing, then trendy challenges might. All over the social media, hashtags challenges have been bringing everyone together to get involved.

The most notable challenge, toilet roll kick up challenge, has drawn the likes of many to show off their keepy up skills. The challenge has grown considerably attracting big footballing superstars such as Lionel Messi to show instagram how it is done.

The power of social media has given Londoners endless opportunities to keep themselves entertained. Despite the social distancing measures, social media has been able to mentally close those distances, making everyone feel involved.

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