Igudesman: ‘Take this virus seriously’

On Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc blog, Alexey Igudesman, the violinist of the classical comedy duo Igudesman & Joo, describes his experience of contracting and recovering from the coronavirus – a “mild version” but frightening nonetheless: “What the disease does to you psychologically is extremely worrying. The panic and self isolation can cause lack of sleep and terrifying depression – these issues are rarely mentioned. These symptoms cannot simply be turned off. . . .

“If someone you know has Covid, please be there for them psychologically, even if you cannot be there in person. And if you get it yourself, remember that having the fear and panic can be part of this treacherous virus, and that it will pass, just like the other symptoms:”