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Still ill: Corona diary

Although she’s not sure how she was exposed to coronavirus, artist Monique Jackson suspects it might have been during a train journey in March 2020. Here she describes the intense dreams, isolation and debilitating physical symptoms that laid her low – and medics’ disagreement over what had made her so ill.

Words and artworks by Monique Jackson

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Photograph of Monique Jackson

Monique Jackson

@_coronadiary on Instagram

‘Still Ill: Corona Diary’ is a live visual journal with daily uploads of drawings from Monique Jackson hosted on Instagram. The artwork illustrates Monique’s experience of falling ill from a suspected infection of Covid-19 in March 2020 and battling ongoing symptoms. The project has grown to include Monique speaking internationally in one-on-one ‘Lockdown Lock-in’ interviews on IGTV and Zoom webinars, ‘Covid Culture Talks’, discussing intersectional issues surrounding the pandemic.