It took my niece, who is in primary school, saying she is not going back to school when schools reopen for me to worry, think and then breathe.
For a moment I understood where her worry came from, and I must admit that I was happy that her fear would fuel obsessive hand washing and other preventative measures to keep herself and others safe from the Covid-19 coronavirus.
It was only after speaking to her and not her mother, that I truly understood what was going on in her little world. She told me of being scared of the virus spreading at school because children share pens and touch everyone’s books and papers. Her peers also run around and cough uncontrollably during break time.