Coronavirus & Me: Ben Kavanagh’s journey – from quarantine in Wuhan to Wirral

Irish teacher Ben Kavanagh has become an unexpected internet sensation.

His videos for Channel 4 News of everyday life throughout the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic have been watched by millions, offering a unique insight into what it’s like to be caught up in the middle of a global outbreak.

From exploring Wuhan’s deserted streets to being held in quarantine for 14 days, Ben has filmed every step of his journey.

He has shown what everyday life is like behind the headlines which have swept around the world.

Braving a city in lockdown to go shopping. Spending his birthday in his flat alone as the virus rapidly spreads through China. Being evacuated to the UK. Living for over two weeks in quarantine – and finally being reunited with his family.

This is Ben’s complete journey.


Inside Wuhan: Daily life in China’s coronavirus quarantine zone:

Inside Wuhan: Cooking and celebrating birthday in Coronavirus lockdown:

Inside Wuhan: Q&A from China Coronavirus lockdown:

Inside Wuhan: Evacuation plans and apartment tour from Coronavirus quarantine:

Inside Wuhan: Ben travels to airport for evacuation from coronavirus epicentre:

Leaving Wuhan: Ben is evacuated to the UK and taken to two week quarantine zone:

Inside Quarantine: Ben shows us round his UK home for the next two weeks | China Virus:

Inside Quarantine: Ben spends his first day in quarantine in the UK:

Inside Quarantine: Ben unpacks care package on day 2 of coronavirus isolation:

Coronavirus: Ben answers your questions about life in quarantine:

Inside Quarantine: Ben realises his mask is upside down and news on return to teaching:

Inside Quarantine: Ben tries to teach online lesson for his Wuhan students:

Inside Quarantine: Ben awaits coronavirus all clear and gets Irish treats:

Inside Quarantine: Ben tests negative for coronavirus ahead of release:

In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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