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As coronavirus lockdown eases it's vital everyone is sensible and takes responsibility for their own actions

Tom Black


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'It is vital that this next phase of lockdown happens in a controlled way, that the next 100 days see everyone being sensible and taking personal responsibility for their actions.' (Brian Lawless/PA)

'It is vital that this next phase of lockdown happens in a controlled way, that the next 100 days see everyone being sensible and taking personal responsibility for their actions.' (Brian Lawless/PA)

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'It is vital that this next phase of lockdown happens in a controlled way, that the next 100 days see everyone being sensible and taking personal responsibility for their actions.' (Brian Lawless/PA)

When the Oxford English Dictionary goes to choose their word of the year for 2020 they will certainly have a lot to pick from - social distancing, furlough, coronavirus, Covid-19, PPE and of course lockdown. At the start of the year no-one was using these terms. Now we use them all the time.

Along with everyone else I sat and listened as the Prime Minister took to the airwaves in March to outline the grave situation we faced. As a doctor I had been aware for a while that things in Europe were looking very bleak. We were faced with a new disease, with no established treatment path, or even a solid list of symptoms. It was spreading rapidly and there was a real risk that our health service would be completely overwhelmed.

So we entered lockdown. For me my day to day did not really have to change, I still had to go to work and see patients. But for my family and friends, and for my patients, I could see that this new period of an enforced stay at home was a challenge. Simple tasks like shopping became fraught with worry. People were more anxious about their health, and this impact on mental health is something that we will have to address for some time yet.