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Elisenda in Manlleu
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Elisenda in Manlleu

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Elisenda in Manlleu

Scroll down to fight off Covid-19 with frontline worker and mother of two young daughters Elisenda.

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No, I don't have Covid

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Photograph: Elisenda and her colleagues at the hospital.

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Photograph: The antibody test is positive.

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"At first, I suffered more from not knowing whether I had infected my family or not, rather than worrying about how painful the symptoms would be.

The biggest relief came when I could see that no one else had it, neither my parents nor my husband. Or at least, they never displayed any symptoms.

That gave me a bit of peace of mind and comfort, to know they were feeling fine."

Illustration: Picnic on the stairwell.
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Pandemic parenting

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"I was isolated for exactly 30 days.

It was very long time and the first days were hard, they were very hard. I was neither worried about the symptoms nor about getting seriously ill.

I think the worst for me was the lack of information, the uncertainty of really knowing how things would turn out, how long it would go on for.

Am I going to be here for a week, two weeks?"
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"The third week was the most complicated.

That week, I just kept thinking: ‘Ouf. I have to be here yet another week.’

That week, those hours, I had a hard time getting through."
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I ran

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Photograph: Elisenda with her daughter Bruna.

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"At that point, everything was fine for me, everything was perfect.

Because that was it actually: simply being there for them – nothing else mattered."

Photograph: Elisenda with her older daughter Galla.
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  • Contributor: Elisenda Chueca
    Directed by: Stephanie Gradstein and Julia Alcamo
    Photographs provided by: Elisenda Chueca
    Illustration by: Ewa Ferdynus

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