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Being young has never been more difficult, and Covid is the least of our worries | Alex Mistlin

By Alex Mistlin

28 Feb 2022 · 4 min read

What with disrupted education, rising rents and low wages, it’s hard to be optimistic about the supposed end of the pandemic.

Every two months since March 2020, I have declared the pandemic over. “Grow up, Covid’s over now,” I say to no one in particular. The pronouncement comes more in hope than expectation; the truth is, I’m miserable and desperate for all this to end. The only lingering concern is that the bright 22-year-old I was two years ago is gone for ever; and, like masks on the tube and vaccine scepticism, the perpetually tracksuited homebody I’ve become is the new normal.

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