How author Claire Stapley connects us with ourselves and each other in her piece, ‘Our Identities Are Fragmented Because Of The Pandemic.’

Claire offers the reader a glimpse into her personal experience of surviving in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike America, where we run into the fire for the sake of the economy while destroying our country, Claire’s perspective from the inside of a third national lockdown poses the question, is there any way to thwart a pandemic and/or its effects?

“This lockdown, however, feels different,” she writes, adding, “We are all incredibly tired, our metaphorical shoes scuffed from dragging our feet in despair.”

“This led me to question why so many of us have this shared feeling — even those who are out of lockdown and adjusting to ‘real life’. It’s a new kind of emptiness.”

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