This is not the first time that I've been in a self-isolation of sorts. And the last time, I remember likening the experience to being stuck in jail.
Dramatic, yes, but while the rest of the world was going about their business out in the sunshine, I was stuck working from home with a torn ACL, with very little human contact, just waiting for my knee reconstruction surgery.
I found myself calling colleagues with issues that probably could have been put in an email just so that I could talk to someone during the day. And come knock-off time, I found myself sitting in front of another screen - the television - because I was trying to avoid dislocating my knee for the umpteenth time.
So this time around, it's safe to say that I wasn't looking forward to once again working from home for the foreseeable future.
I'm the sort of person who finds energy by being around other people, so being stuck inside is not great for my creativity and motivation. Particularly considering that a lot of my human interaction on any given day actually comes from being in the workplace.
While I have a roommate, she works long hours and often we don't see each other on a day-to-day basis. So in a situation like this it's easy to feel like you're cut off from the rest of the world.
I know it's a luxury to even have the ability to work from home. Not everyone can, whether it's because of financial or logistical reasons.
And yet, once again, I have found myself thinking "I just have to get through this moment in time before getting back to normal", which feels ridiculous if not indulgent.
Aside from the fact that - as the internet keeps reminding me - it wasn't that long ago that people were dealing with the effects of a world war, it also begs the question: what even is normal, anymore? If there is something that 2020 has already shown us, there is always something unexpected around the corner be it fire, hail or smoke. But just like those things, this too shall pass.
A friend said, half-jokingly, to me this week that the universe should have spared Canberra from coronavirus because we had already been robbed of our summer. The smoke alone meant we had already spent weeks on end in self-isolation and it just doesn't seem fair that we had to do it again.
And it's not fair. It's not fair that we have had to cancel holidays, concerts and events. Doing something as simple as working out at the gym now seems out of the question. Hell, you can't even go to buy toilet paper without it being an issue.
This week, friends of mine had to postpone their wedding only two weeks from the big day because it just wasn't worth the risk, particularly since a lot of people were travelling to be there. A day after they made the decision, indoor gatherings of more than 100 were banned anyway.
Aside from the fact that people are disappointed that their events have been cancelled, there are now photographers, caterers, bands, make-up artists - the lists goes on - who are now out of work.
So yes, it is a luxury to be able to work from home. But it's also not exactly a walk in the park either.
I started writing this piece on day one of social distancing.
That same day I had Arnold Schwarzenegger pop up in my social media feeding his miniature horse and donkey, encouraging people to stay at home. Hilary Duff posted videos of herself on her Instagram working out in her home gym after urging Millenials in particular to stop going out, partying, and killing old people. And Lady Gaga has posted a photo of herself looking very glamourous on the couch with her three French bulldogs because she is taking it upon herself to ensure that is all she is going to do in the immediate future.
I agree with what they're saying, but it's easy to preach about staying at home when the only responsibility you have is to feed your miniature animals, hang out in your living room and maybe work out (in your fully equipped gym).
So, if social isolation really is as easy for you as these celebrities seem to make it - and even if it's not - give a thought to the people who are finding it tough.
The small businesses and restaurants who have seen clientele drop for the second time this year because people are not going out - why not try and support them by ordering something to be delivered or buying a gift card to use later on? And when you're ordering a bunch of books or games or whatever it is that you need to get through self-isolation, why not order from a small business?
Call your grandparents. There are restrictions on visitations to aged care homes and it's likely that they won't want to leave the house. But staying at home can be lonely and I'm sure they wouldn't say no to a chat anyway.
And on that note, think about those who might live alone - they're probably due some human interaction as well. Give them a call, or even do something such as a virtual dinner party over Skype.
If you have elderly neighbours or other people who may be vulnerable to the virus, and you are able, see if you can run some errands for them.
Basically, just show a little kindness and think of someone other than yourself. After all, whether we like it or not, we're all in this together. If we all do that, then maybe this might not feel like the end of days.