The dangerous coronavirus (COVID-19), which has paralyzed many continents and killed more and more people, has inevitably crossed the sports community.
Šiauliai “Gintra-Universitetas” team like many other clubs in the world is watching the situation and waiting for some news from international football organizations.
McKenna Davidson and Jessica Ayers, who joined the team this year and after year break come back Jelena Čubrilo tell about their motives for staying in Lithuania country, how they support the sport during quarantine, and reminding everyone to follow the Government regulations.
-What is your routine during quarantine?
McKenna: Over the past few weeks of quarantine, I have maintained a consistent daily routine. I wake up every morning around 08:00 and have breakfast. I stretch in the mornings at home too. Around 12:00 I go to the field and train for about an hour. Then in the afternoon, I like to do art, read, and keep informed watching the news about what’s going on in the world.
Jelena: I like to train in the morning because there’s no better feeling than getting your body going as soon as you get up. That’s when I get the most out of my workout. Then I watch some Netflix, for recovery. In the afternoon, I either do a second training or roll out and stretch. I also facetime my family and friends a lot.
Jessica: First things first, coffee (and breakfast). Then I usually head to the field with Jelena and get
a good hard hour of training in. Depending on the day, we might focus on touches, speed, passing or fitness. After training I stretch, do some reading, and then make lunch. I’m a pretty terrible chef so quarantine meals have been a bit depressing. Luckily, I’m not a picky eater. In the afternoon, I either go for a run, walk, or do yoga (maybe by the time quarantine is over I’ll be able to touch my toes). Then its dinner, facetime with family and friends, and bedtime. There’s also a lot of Netflix and snacking at all hours of the day.
-What are your thoughts on the situation in your country?
McKenna: My thoughts about the situation in my country is that it is very scary. I have friends and family all over the US and it’s terrifying to think about how many cases of COVID-19 are in the United States. In Hawaii, cases are just starting to increase. All of my family members are taking precautions and staying home so I’m hopeful they will stay healthy and safe during this time.
Jelena: Serbia recently closed its borders and shut down the airport and all the stores. There are also restrictions on when people can go outside – from 5am to 5pm. These rules have really changed life at home, but it’s necessary to keep everyone as safe as possible. I’m glad that the rules are in place and I think we are doing everything we can to help stop the virus, but of course I’m still worried about my country.
Jessica: I’m scared for my country. We just claimed the unenviable title of most coronavirus cases in the world, and experts are expecting the situation to get worse. There are some bright spots though. We are close to passing a major economic stimulus bill and there are signs that social distancing and quarantine policies are starting to work—for example in Seattle, my hometown, cases are increasing at a much slower rate than they were before. It’s a
small victory, but I think it shows that we can make a real impact when everyone pulls together and takes this pandemic seriously.
–How does your family react to being away from them?
McKenna: My family and I had lots of conversations about if I should come home or stay in Lithuania and we made the decision together that I should stay in Siauliai becasue it is too dangerous and risky to travel.
Jelena: My family is happy that I’m safe here in Lithuania. I’m worried about my family and always thinking about when I will be able to see them. But for now, I’m glad I can talk to them every day while continuing to train here.
Jessica: It’s never easy being away from family during a crisis of any kind. Right now, we are all just trying to stay calm and do our part to prevent the spread of the virus, wherever we are in the world.
–Can you give your personal recommendations/advices how to take care from this very dangerous coronavirus?
McKenna: The only recommendations I have are to listen to what the government is telling us. Don’t gather in groups, stay indoors besides to exercise and grocery shop, wear a face mask, and wash your hands.
If you are young and healthy, please dont think these rules dont apply to you. Every age group is at risk and you could pass the virus on to someone who is less healthy than you are. Most of all, be respectful and compassionate towards others during this time because it is stressful and scary for everyone.
Jelena: Wash your hands all the time, try to stay away from other people and stay positive! We can’t change our situation, but we can choose how to respond. That means making the best of the circumstances and doing everything we can to keep each other safe.
Jessica: It’s really important that we all do our part to combat this pandemic. One of the best ways we can do that is by practicing social distancing—in other words, staying away from other people, even if you don’t feel sick. Experts believe the virus is transmitted through droplets, so keeping your distance from others is a good way to protect yourself. Washing hands (A LOT) and staying informed are also important.
–Address one personal question for one of Lithuanian girls? In article comments section she will have to answer it public 🙂
McKenna: question for Lithuanian government. Why there is such a lack of testing and lack of information?
Jelena: Tatiana, what’s one thing you are enjoying about being home?
Jessica: Vesta, do you miss me? 🙂