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Interrupted educations. Vanished jobs. Lost social lives. No sport or travel. Young people are bearing the brunt of the virus shutdown and its economic impacts, to an extent that most people over 30 are unlikely to understand.

For those of us with established careers and financial resources, the luxury of being able to work from home, who are partnered up, who are too old for sport and busy social lives, for whom a lost six months is a tiny fraction of life, the lockdown is an inconvenience (or, if you're an introvert and already work from home, business as usual).

For younger people, and especially 18-21 year olds, it's far worse. It's a delayed year of uni or an uncertain HSC year or a late graduation. It's a missed job opportunity, a lost chance to begin a career, which will have to be restarted amid an economy recovering from deep contraction. It's no income, it's being forced to rely on parents when independence was beckoning. It's no socialising, potential partners never met, travel plans deferred for who knows how long. It's a pause in life at a time when you live it the most.