Abronhill ex-pat tells of virus crisis in New York City

An Abronhill man who lives in the place that has more cases of Coronavirus than any other country has been talking about the challenges faced by this unprecedented health emergency.

Clara and Colin

Colin McLear (47) who is a former pupil of Abronhill High School has made a new life for himself in New York where he is the owner of a football business -NY Co-Ed Soccer

He lives in Manhattan with Argentinian wife Clara and their sons Charlie (2) and nine-month old George on the 22nd floor of an apartment block.

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Colin said: “We are in lockdown. Charlie has not been outside for nearly a month. George is teething and beginning to crawl - it’s a busy place!

“My wife and I take turns every few days to nip out to the shops, complete with mask and gloves.

“When we return, it’s a case of stripping at the door, clothes directly into a hot machine wash, and straight into the shower.

“Management advised that we have cases of COVID-19 in our building so extra caution is required.”

When asked as to the reaction from New Yorkers he said: “It’s disbelief, frustration, concern for how long this will last and the impact upon the economy.

“The city was ill-prepared and reacted poorly.

“As a big tourist destination and with a significant international population, it should have been aware how the story was developing.

“Instead there was complacency and questionable decision-making.

“Mixed messages suggest no one knows when there will be an end. I expect this to continue through the summer. It will be hard to keep people indoors during the heat.”