A mother-of-two who has been in lockdown since February revealed how she pulled her son out of daycare and has rarely left the home in order to protect her loved ones from COVID-19.
Emilia Rossi, 38, is living through Melbourne’s second coronavirus lockdown in a postcode where there are currently 200 active cases.
However, she revealed to Daily Mail Australia, she has barely left her home since February as her daughter Olympia was just three months old when coronavirus gripped Australia.
Mrs Rossi’s mother is also 70 and lives across the road from the family-of-four.
‘I never imagined I’d experience something like this in my lifetime,’ she said.
‘As soon as cases reached over 20 per day in Melbourne, we pulled Hercule from childcare, hubby stayed home, and we limited interactions with friends.
‘Since day one, I’ve made sure to do what I can to avoid my baby and mother from getting sick.’
Mrs Rossi said pulling her son out of daycare was an easy decision but she did worry about him missing his friends and structure.
However her anxiousness and uncertainty over educators and what was happening with daycares overruled that.
She said the family stopped the majority of their outings and while life has been different in 2020 the family is prepared to do what they need to do in order to survive COVID-19.
Mrs Rossi, a digital marketer, said she and her husband Socrates had worked from home together before so that wasn’t a shock and most of their purchases were transitioned to online.
During the first lockdown Mrs Rossi said she experienced a mild case of anxiety and post-natal depression.
She said during Melbourne and Mitchell Shire’s second lockdown on July 8 before Stage 4 restrictions, which included a curfew, was implemented on August 2, it was harder to stay positive.
‘We’re not going to let our guard down and are prepared to do this again if required,’ she said.
‘I have to keep reminding ourselves that humans are resilient and adapt to things a lot faster that we give ourselves credit for.’
Another challenge she is having is staying up-to-date with the press conferences in Victoria every day about the state of the pandemic.
She also said it was hard to keep two small children entertained over the last six months but she has managed.
‘Some days I pull my hair out, other days I’m fine,’ Mrs Rossi said.
‘Thank goodness for an awesome hubby, an incredible coffee machine and being in an area with plenty of open space! If it were anything less, it would be a lot harder.
‘I’m doing everything such as story time, creative time, screen time, exercise time, free time, cooking etc. Every day is different, it’s hard, but it’s awesome being together during this time.’
Mrs Rossi said when restrictions started to ease the family did venture out more around their local area but didn’t see friends and still continued to work and learn from home.
She said it is overwhelming to think about all the impacts coronavirus has on people’s lives outside of staying at home.
‘The impact on the economy, the share market, the rental market, house prices, education and small businesses. The list goes on,’ she said.
‘There are so many areas being affected, and I don’t think we have even witnessed the full extent of how damaging COVID-19 is to our lives.
‘So we are doing, and will continue to do, what we need to be safe and as financially secure as possible.’
However she has been left ‘furious’ at the people who still refuse to obey restrictions implemented by the Chief Health Officer.
‘It’s unbelievable that people in Melbourne still refuse to wear masks, ignore the rules and want to protest for their rights,’ she wrote on social media on Sunday.
‘For goodness sake stop being selfish and stay home.’
She told Daily Mail Australia that she wouldn’t be surprised if the people who broke rules would be sued if they caused harm and even death to others.
However she said at the end of the day she and her family are OK and have the support they need.
She urged anyone else who is struggling to reach out and seek medical advice.
‘The support is there so no one should be ashamed to reach out if they need help,’ she said.