A letter from COVID-19

A deeper insight into social isolation during Covid-19

Throughout these tough past few months, I have come across multiple points of view in relation to the current pandemic which has caused for many to self-isolate within the walls of their homes, far away from family, friends and loved ones.

I have collected footage of both the negative and positive sides of human beings which reflect the world we live in today to create a video that would transmit the hypothetical point of view of Covid-19 itself, as if it were a human being, to ultimately seek a reason behind all this.

After a lot of reflection and many hours spent on attempting to figure out the sole purpose of all this pandemic, I imagined how to humanise Covid-19 and what it would write in a letter to each and every one of us during this time. Towards the end of the video, a light began to shine on the positive side of this extraordinary occurrence.

Critical Reflection

The coronavirus disease outbreak has seen many countries ask people who have potentially come into contact with the infection to isolate themselves at home or in a dedicated quarantine facility.

However, most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma.

All these negative connotations surrounding the self-isolation bring us to the depths of self-reflection which serves as a moment to really look back onto our lives and appreciate the beauty of it all – from the smallest gesture of kindness to a warm-hearted hug with a loved one. Each moment contains the key to happiness and therefore must be treasured rather than neglected.

Ultimately, the psychological effects of social isolation have brought me to reflect on my life in order to reassemble my list of priorities. The pandemic has taught me what true value is. This is what my video is all about – a humanisation of Covid-19 in a simple letter.

About the Creator

Camelia Ramsay is a final year Film, TV & Digital Production student at Royal Holloway, University of London.