Martyn Iles, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, was in the US when the Coronavirus pandemic broke out on a global scale. He was able to cut his trip short before all international flights ceased, and arrived back in Australia over the weekend where he is now in 14 days self-isolation in his 1 bedroom Canberra apartment.
He spoke to Neil Johnson on Vision Christian Radio’s 20Twenty program during his weekly political update and shared what life was like inside a small quarantine zone all on his own.
“This is day three or day two, I can’t remember. But [self-isolation] is not as easy as it sounds, especially when you’ve got an apartment you live in but no backyard – so I’m making use of my balcony. It’s a small space to exist in for 14 days.”
“And I’m someone who really likes to be up and out and about. To be sitting in a room for this long is challenging. It’s more opportunities I guess to focus and read and think and meditate, and that’s not a bad thing. Jesus did it.”
“I’ve been really impressed by the number of people who have just been cautious to make sure that I have everything I need. Even people I don’t really know have said ‘Look, if you need anything, let me know’. So that’s really kind and I’m grateful for that. You see things that you wouldn’t normally otherwise see and you’ve always got to look at the silver lining.”