It is a cruel irony that the home where I live is the source of the virus that has spread to the rest of the country.
In this case, that is the Longview nursing facility, where I work.
As a caring nurse, I have seen the impact of the pandemic.
But even though the pandemics can be devastating for people, for nursing homes, they are also an opportunity.
In a nursing home the infection rates can be low.
In Longview, they can be high.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a wonderful place to live.
I have lived there for almost a decade.
At the end of each shift, I leave my house to find a place to sleep, where there is someone to pick up the phone and go home to.
As I have done, I feel the same relief when I see a picture of a new baby.
I know my home is safe, and I have a job to do.
So how do I stay safe?
I don’t put up barriers.
I try to be respectful of everyone.
I don of course wear a mask, and some nursing homes have a policy where patients can choose to wear masks.
But I try not to wear any at all, not because I am worried about my health, but because I feel that I have an obligation to be a good person.
I also try to look after the staff and my patients, and if there is a problem, I will do everything in my power to make sure that the nurses are able to get to the hospital and get to help as quickly as possible.
My job is not easy.
As soon as a nursing resident gets into my home, I am very anxious.
There is no time to relax.
I am not able to spend time with family, friends or work.
I can’t take a shower.
I need to get a shower before I go to bed, and for some reason I just can’t do that.
I will just have to sleep in my room, and sleep that way until the nurses arrive.
I feel like I am a prisoner in my own home.
So, I don.
I look after all the residents and keep them safe.
I talk to them about what is going on.
I explain what the nursing home is about and what is happening with the patients.
I go through the paperwork and make sure everything is in order, including where my patients sleep.
I keep the doors locked.
When I wake up, I check in on the nurses, make sure they are all doing well and if anyone needs help, I go over to them and they can call me.
There are things I have to do, such as cleaning the rooms and putting in the bed linen, but I do it.
My patients are very proud of me.
They see me every day, and it is a very proud moment.
When you feel that, it makes you feel very secure.
And it makes me feel a little bit more like I belong.
Nursing homes have been a very good way of keeping people safe, I suppose, even if it is for just a little while.
But, as I have learned, the pandems can be quite deadly, and the pandes are spreading.
They can also spread to other countries.
I wonder if my home will be the next nursing home to fall victim to the virus.
There may be some other homes, or perhaps other nursing homes will be able to recover, but for now, I can live at my home.
If it does fall, it will be a big loss, but not so bad that I am afraid to go back.
The BBC’s Andrew Walker has been covering the coronavids for more than a decade, and he is the presenter of the Health and Safety Headline show.
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