On March 23, 2020 England went into its first lockdown. Addressing the nation on nearly all media channels prime minister Boris Johnson told us we could only shop for basic necessities. Essential goods, like new shoes and undies, became non-essential. We were instructed to limit outdoor exercise to once a day. Lockdown restricted travel only to and from essential work. The UK was told stay at home. Most of us did. We are being asked tomorrow to observe a minute’s silence at 12 midday and take part in a national doorstep vigil at 8.00pm to reflect on the impact of the epidemic and the 125,000 people in the UK who died after testing positive for Covid-19.