Stonyhurst pupil publishes book about Covid-19

On the 20th March 2020, my teachers announced that our school was going to close

I was apprehensive as to what was happening around the world. As I watched the death toll rise daily and the world going into turmoil, I felt nervous and built up with fear as to what would happen next. This was such a surreal feeling. I felt inundated by news about what to do, what not to do, and what was happening to patients across the globe. What made me so upset was listening to the statistics about the daily death rates. The virus did not discriminate; everyone was at risk. What enraged me further was seeing people fight for toilet paper versus people fighting for their lives.

Then, lockdown was announced.

Like so many others, there were lots of unanswered questions when I spoke to my grandparents and friends every day. After realising that we all had our own interpretation of why the pandemic had happened and what was going to happen next, I decided to do some research so that I could be better informed with the facts. The news and internet were flooded with information so I used only reliable resources such as the World Health Organisation (WHO). I produced a summary of the main questions that I myself wanted answering and shared this with my friends and relatives. The process allowed me to channel my anxiety into this research because I was armed with the facts.

Many people shared my document and gave me positive comments and this was when I decided to formalise the work. So I researched into getting it published. The process was relatively straight forward and within weeks, I had confirmation that my work was accepted as an E-book. My teachers were extremely supportive and understood why I put the book together. The book is targeted at people in secondary school and written in a simple way so that it is easy to understand. Family and friends have shared it with their schools and it has also been shared with Bart’s & The Royal London Hospitals as well as with Lancashire Care Trust.

I pray that we get a vaccine very soon and my book help other children like me make sense of the situation we have sadly been faced with.

Dilip Gosall

More details about Dilip's book, including reviews, can be found on Apple Store here