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A year with the pandemic: Mowlid feels at home again

A year ago Mowlid Aden, age 63, wanted to move to a remote house.
”To begin with, I was in shock, it was panic, I isolated myself completely.”
”The worry is still there, but we're managing quite well.The family is all right,” he says.
Today he wants to stay on in the flat he moved into in 1993.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 13 juli 2021
Mowlid Aden lives with his wife and four of his five children in a flat at Gamlegården. ”A year ago I'd have liked to move to somewhere away from it all, now I want to stay on herer”.
Mowlid Aden lives with his wife and four of his five children in a flat at Gamlegården. ”A year ago I'd have liked to move to somewhere away from it all, now I want to stay on herer”.
Foto: Tommy Svensson

– I'm fine, no problems, says Mowlid Aden as we sit on the same benches, at the same distance, in the same courtyard as we did a year ago.

The sun is shining just as much as it did last year. What is different is the pandemic, which has now entered a quieter phase.

”At first when I heard someone cough or sneeze I was scared and worried”
Mowlid Aden

Mowlid Aden worked at Kronfågel when he had a stroke in 2008. Now he feels better and better.

A year ago you were very worried about corona, what has the year been like?

– We still only meet people out of doors, I go out and do the shopping. The worry is still there, but we manage quite well. The family has not been affected. I try to be careful with contacts, to keep my distance, but I don't isolate myself completely.

Mowlid Aden knows people who have been very ill with covid-19, but who have recovered.
Mowlid Aden knows people who have been very ill with covid-19, but who have recovered.
Foto: Tommy Svensson

Has it been like that all the time?

– To begin with, I was in shock, it was panic, I isolated myself completely. We were, and still are, extremely careful not to become infected.

– At first when I heard someone cough or sneeze I was scared and worried. I'm allergic to pollen, I take medicine for that. When my nose began to itch I got worried. - is it corona or is it my allergy? But now I realise it was my allergy.

”People in charge, authorities and the media must see to it that the facts are brought forward and counteract people who deliberately spread false information”
Mowlid Aden

Have you been vaccinated?

– I've had my first dose. I'll have the second on 8th July. My wife has had a letter asking her to make an appointment in a clinic in town.

Was it clear for you to be vaccinated?

– There was nothing strange about it. I'm in a risk-group and contacted the health centre myself. I had no side-effects apart from the jab itself.

Were you worried about becoming ill from the vaccine?

– No.

Mowlid Aden is happier with his life now than he was a year ago. Corona is no longer his biggest worry.  ”The police have done a lot of good work out here, but our young people need something to do. ABK ought to give young people jobs during the summer,” he says.
Mowlid Aden is happier with his life now than he was a year ago. Corona is no longer his biggest worry. ”The police have done a lot of good work out here, but our young people need something to do. ABK ought to give young people jobs during the summer,” he says.
Foto: Tommy Svensson

How do you think the authorities, health centres and others in Sweden have handled the pandemic?

– I think everyone involved, the authorities and the government, are doing their best to manage this in the best way possible, but obviously you wish they'd done more.

”It's become a habit to greet people with your hand like this, wave, and keep your distance.”
Mowlid Aden

What more ought they to have done?

– For example, there are false rumours that have spread like lightning about side-effects of vaccines, that everyone who took the vaccine would be affected by mysterious diseases, their blood would coagulate. People in charge, authorities and the media must see to it that the facts are brought forward and counteract people who deliberately spread false information.

Will you start mixing with people, hugging and getting together at close quarters?

– I've lived in the area for a long time, and I rather like it. When the pandemic came along I thought about moving away from here, if anyone had tipped me off about some remote place somewhere I would have moved. Now, since we've been vaccinated and the disease continues to decrease it feels as if we can go back to normal.

– Although it's become a habit to greet people with your hand like this, wave, and keep your distance.

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