Maria recalls being consumed with fear and anxiety as she heard the news about a new virus that had broken out in Wuhan, China, and had made its way to the streets of Hong Kong.

“I was very scared. We didn’t know what would happen,” Maria told HKFP. “I was thinking too much and became overwhelmed with my thoughts.”

Subdivided flats. File Photo: PBADMIN via photoblog.

Having experienced SARS in 2003, most Hongkongers knew the drill. Immediately, they wore masks, sanitised their hands regularly, and stayed at home more often. But for Maria, this added to her stress, and further exacerbated feelings of isolation and loneliness — while putting her more at risk of contracting Covid-19.



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