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“The thing I remember the most is just how differently COVID appeared to attack the body. The disease process is like nothing I had learned about and was presenting lots of unique challenges all around the world” - Rob, the doctor.
“You couldn’t plan for anything. We were just waiting for the next instruction really, a constant ebb and flow of loosening and tightening restrictions” - Mikey, the husband.
“There was definitely more physical interaction and confrontation where normally it’s more one-on-one arresting someone. There is a really clear reason normally – you just stabbed someone and it’s clear it’s wrong. 2020 was different”- Nev, the sergeant.
“I remember the people of 2020; healthcare workers, Sco Mo, Dan Andrews, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and super spreaders”- Lil, nine-year-old daughter.
“During the pandemic, I was involved in the Victorian Government response to homelessness in which people were relocated into hotels. There was to be no homeless person on the streets of Melbourne” - Sandhya, the social worker.
A single voice can tell a story. Many voices tell a stronger one.
Heralded as one of the world’s most liveable cities, cosmopolitan Melbourne, the capital of Victoria in Australia, is normally buzzing with diversity and activity. In 2020, with the arrival of the infectious disease COVID-19, like many cities across the globe, Melbourne experienced change. Significant change.
The people of Melbourne spent over half the year in lockdown in 2020.
This book is in essence one story threaded together with 20 voices. It’s a story about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, based on real events, real emotions, told by people who experienced them.
"I just loved the doctor's story. It was fascinating to read about the innovation and collaboration through this time." - FRANCIS
"I can't put your book down! It's so well done. I really love the images and the timeline". - KATE
"This book is amazing! Reading other people's perspectives has made me feel so much better about my year of 2020 and beyond". - FIONA
"Twenty Voices of 2020 is a nice reminder that whilst we were unified by going through this experience together in Victoria, everyone had their unique experiences and challenges" - DYLAN
"It's strange reading your book during another lockdown where everyone is a bit uncertain once again". - HELEN
"It's hard for us in Queensland to know what you went through in Victoria - your book is enlightening me!" - DONNA
behind the story
At the time of starting this story, we were coming out of our second wave of COVID-19 in Victoria, Australia having endured a 112 day lockdown that will stay with us forever. The story has evolved as I have collected more voices, timeboxing 2020 from many more and many different perspectives.
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