The Covid Diary: Indah, 30 years old, Indonesia

Indah (30), a housewife, lives in the Covid-19 red zone of Jakarta, Indonesia, with her husband and two young children. My daughter has been learning from home and my husband is working from home for 4 weeks now. We’re also following the government advice to stay home, and only venture outside when necessary. 

We all know that the best way to fight the coronavirus pandemic is to stay safe at home, but being at home 24/7, and in quarantine for several weeks is not easy. Being homebound with a lot of free time can get super boring. But, we are staying safe at home to laugh, eat, & play together. Families should consider things they can do together, like planning for decluttering, rearranging the furniture, building something together, or movie nights. 

My family and I have tried to stay close to our normal routine because of the situation, the days go slow and are long. I am trying to enjoy that I have more spare time than usual,  I just need to make sure that I’m not staring at screens all the time. It is tempting for me and especially the kids, to sit in front of our television and phones for two weeks. 

Sahda, my daughter loves going on adventures and camping. So, I asked my husband to buy a small tent, we built the tent in our garden, on the 16th day of quarantine. The weather on that night was really nice, so we spent the whole night playing games, eating and laughing. That was so fun! 

Ramadan in quarantine will be the hardest thing to do.”

Me, as a Muslim now facing a “socially distanced” Ramadan. We most likely won’t experience hearing the recitation of the verses of fasting from Surah Baqarah in the days leading up to Ramadan. We’re going to miss out on seeing extended family or having iftars with our friends. Ramadan in quarantine will be the hardest thing to do. 

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