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'It's difficult to switch off': Plymouth nurse on how Covid-19 crisis is dominating her life

A community nurse from Plymouth has spoken of how she finds it hard to switch off and reach a healthy work-life balance as the Covid-19 crisis continues.

Helen Waddington, who helps run clinics for complex wound care, says the epidemic is affecting her routine and dominating her thoughts.

Switching off is definitely difficult, work-life balance has always been quite important to me but now I don't have so much of a life outside of work.

I live by myself so there's not a lot going on. Some days it's better if I just am in work because I'm thinking about it anyway.

It's difficult for stress management, not having the freedom to do other things and to think about other things.

– Helen Waddington
Helen enjoys swimming in the sea. Credit: Helen Waddington

Helen says she enjoys swimming in the sea near her home as a way to get away from it all.

I go out in my wetsuit maybe three or four times a week and I'm hoping that can continue because I really need that. I hope we don't go into complete lockdown in terms of exercise.

– Helen Waddington
Helen works as a community nurse. Credit: Helen Waddington

A total of 938 people have died from coronavirus in the UK in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health has said.

The newly-released figures bring the total number of deaths to 7,097.

Across the UK, 5,492 new cases have been recorded, bringing the total number of UK cases to 60,733.

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