How are people keeping busy during lockdown?

what you need to know

COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has forced multiple governments around the world to declare lockdown so that everyone stays home and distances themselves from society to prevent the spread of the virus. Multiple countries are in either full time or partial lockdown, including:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belguim
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Denmark
  • El Salvador
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • and many more.

The reason all these countries are on lockdown is because the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing rapidly. As of April 12th, there are a total of 1,797,512 cases all over the world, and the most cases in the world right now are in the USA, at 534,494 cases.

my response: what can we do?

A visual from EXPRESS showing the impact social distancing has on the spread of COVID-19

To limit the spread of the virus and to flatten the curve, I think everyone should do their part by staying home and socially distancing themselves as recommended by experts. I think that if people start making an effort to reduce the cases, socially isolate themselves, and just stay at home, there would be a huge improvement in the number of cases, which would, of course, affect the number of deaths as well. However, only if people make an effort to improve the situation and accept the severity of the situation will there be any development towards a coronavirus-free world.

Everyone should be doing their part to flatten the curve by staying home, and isolating themselves from others to stop, or at least lessen the spread of COVID-19. Even if you think you’re healthy and fit, and that the virus wouldn’t affect you, think of the sweet old lady who lives next door, or your grandparents that give you birthday money every year and never fail to fill you with sweets. They might not be able to survive the virus, so instead of thinking about whether you will be affected or not, you should think about the people who will be affected. 

There are also the people who aren’t afraid of death, only thinking about themselves and having “fun,” not considering that if they were carrying the virus, they wouldn’t be the only ones affected. Everywhere they would go, they would spread it there, whether it’s at home, or the grocery store, or their friend’s house. People should be staying home not for themselves, but at least for others, so the people who are at the most risk can stay safe.

A video from the WHO.

what we’re doing

At home, my family and I are trying to find new ways to pass our time. Here in India, our three-week lockdown has turned into a five-week lockdown until April 30th, so now we have to get creative to make sure we don’t go crazy from staying at home for another two weeks. I photographed a couple things my family is doing to pass time at home.

Something all the families in my apartment building are doing is making sure the watchmen at the gate are being properly fed because they are still coming to work throughout this pandemic, and it’s the least we could do for them.

My family has been playing at least one game of cards every night.


I’ve been reading some new books!

We make sure to keep track of who loses every night.


We’ve also been experimenting with new foods.

what are you doing?

I’m eager to know how you are socially distancing and if you are donating to support the first responders still working throughout this pandemic.

In the comments please share:

  • What else do you think we should be doing to reduce the number of cases of the Coronavirus?
  • How are you and your family passing time at home?
  • Have you made any donations yet?

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  1. April 24, 2020 by Lola

    Hi, my project is similar to yours! Mine is about how to relieve stress during this time. I think your family’s way of keeping busy is awesome! Also I liked how you added what we should be doing throughout out the pandemic of COVID-19

    • April 25, 2020 by mihika

      Thank you, Lola! I’ll be sure to check out your project.

  2. April 25, 2020 by Lucy Karem

    Hi, I really liked your project. It was a great way to remind people of how to social distance, but still be able to enjoy their lives at this weird time. I think something that we can do to help lower the number of cases are just making sure to take the precautions of washing your hands as much as possible, wiping down food from the store and more. My family has been playing card games, taking our dogs on walks, just finished a 2000 piece puzzle and more! We have not technically made any donations, but make sure to support the local businesses and tip more than usual to ensure the worker are making enough money. Great work!

    • April 25, 2020 by mihika

      Thank you, Lucy.

  3. April 25, 2020 by Kelly

    Hi Mihika, I think your project is well researched and obviously extremely relevant right now. As of right now I’m not sure there is more we could be doing to lessen the amount of cases aside from abiding by the restrictions and rules that the government has given us. My family and I have been gardening, watching home videos, playing cards, watching tv, etc. to pass the time. I have not donated yet but I think it’s a great idea and I’ll be sure to ask my parents to look into it.

    • April 25, 2020 by mihika

      Thank you, Kelly. You should look into donating because just donating a little bit can help a lot of people.

  4. April 25, 2020 by Jadyn

    Hi Mihika! I think that your project idea is great and it’s especially pertinent to the condition we are living in right now. I think it’s really interesting to think about how practically the whole world is in the same place right now and it has kind of united us as a society, unfortunately under horrible circumstances though. I think that it’s fun that you and your family are playing board games and trying new recipes. I honestly do not know what else we could be doing to reduce the cases of coronavirus. As of right now and also according to your research it seems that everyone staying home is helping to flatten the curve, but I think the only real way to reduce cases is a vaccine. What I did a few weeks back is order some watercolors and that has been a good way to pass the time. Every now and then my family also likes to play board games (our favorite is monopoly).

  5. April 25, 2020 by Amaya

    Hey Mihika,

    I love your project and I think it is one that hits close to home for a lot of people. In my personal opinion, I think the best thing to do right now is to follow the stay at home orders and if you need to leave your house wear a mask. My family to pass time spends a lot of time together: we play games, walk our dog, and watch a lot of movies. Although my family has not donated money, we have made masks and passed them out to homeless people who live at the East Oakland Collective.

  6. April 26, 2020 by Alona

    Hello Mihika,

    I totally agree. People should definitely do there part and practice social distancing. This is still something new to all of us, but I am, personally, getting better and used to it, and hopefully so are others. To pass the time at home, my family has started a puzzle, and I have been calling my friends a lot.

  7. April 26, 2020 by Owen

    Hello Mihika,
    I found this webpage to be very interesting. I often find myself to be getting bored and I get a feeling of being cooped up inside my house. I think that you gave me some very helpful ideas for things that I can do with my family to stay entertained, that isn’t just playing video games, great work!

  8. April 27, 2020 by Jane

    I love this project seeing as it is so relevant to what is happening right now! My family and I are honestly doing both a lot and a little to pass time. My brothers and I have online school everyday and my parents have online work. After the school day and when I finish homework my mom and I like to take our dog to the woods near our house and go on a run, we did this even before lock down but now we have the opportunity to go for longer. We all are watching movies and reading books and baking as well.

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