Lanarkshire woman shares post-containment experiences from her Italian home


A woman from Lanarkshire who told her story of an early lockdown of Milan before Covid-19 reached Scotland shared her experiences exiting the pandemic more than 18 months later.

Dawn Jane Keogh first explained to Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser readers in early March 2020 how she and her young daughter Sofia Grace were confined to their homes as Italy initially imposed strict coronavirus measures, including shutdown unprecedented stores, businesses and schools – which were then replicated in his hometown just over a week later.

She recounted how she and her friends lost loved ones during a “difficult year for everyone”; but recounted how she was finally able to make it to her home in Scotland to visit her beloved family and shared the good news that she is awaiting the imminent arrival of a new baby.

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Dawn Jane recounted how since last fall various restrictions known as the red, orange and green zone were in place at different times in her home region of Lombardy, describing it as “a game of twister”.

She added: “I have been quarantined four times, each for 14 days, following Covid outbreaks in schools and sports sectors in which I work even though I had tested negative.

“Most of the courses were online due to epidemics; I can’t help but think how much childhood has been stolen as a result of this past year. My daughter has done incredibly well and has a resilience that I have never seen before in anyone else.

Dawn Jane said when the lockdown started, “I had a sixth feeling that this would last a long time.

“I didn’t think so many people I know personally would ever have suffered as they did, and I lost count of the number of people who have lost loved ones and the number of vulnerable lives that have been affected. as a result of this pandemic. “

She and Sofia were finally able to return to Scotland for the first time in over a year to reunite with their family. although she explained how Italy was an amber zone at the time of travel, it required a 10-day quarantine on arrival and an additional five days on return to Italy, as well as the purchase of Covid test kits.

Dawn Jane added, “My grandparents were my heroes – they’re 80 years old and should have their big family around them, but never complained once, and my grandpa even got his 80th birthday. birthday cake at the door with restrictions. It’s a pair of legends.

Dawn Jane Keogh is a teacher and fitness coach with a growing wellness business
Dawn Jane Keogh is a teacher and fitness coach with a growing wellness business

A teacher and fitness trainer, she has taken her work online over the past year and is now growing a thriving wellness business, amassing thousands of followers on her social media accounts.

She said: It’s been booming since the lockdown, like many people, due to the gyms being closed; more people than ever want to find a new balance in their lives.

“Engagement with my social media account excelled after the lockdown; I am approached for a wide range of things, especially anxiety, confidence, weight, and hormonal issues.

“Several international schools in Milan have approached me to work with children as a specialized wellness coach and I can’t wait to finally have the opportunity to teach these special life skills, in a classroom environment. – I love my job and being of service to others.

“This year has been bittersweet and intense, but I have faced the restrictions using it as an opportunity to grow and evolve. I have put all of my energy into making this year count for my family, and expecting a baby is something good to come out of.

Dawn’s website is and she can also be found at @coachdjk on Instagram.

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