The documentation process identified three distinct phases. First, the novelty factor – being almost nonchalant about the quarantine, making lists of lost hobbies and pointlessly arranging socks. Second, self-absorption – succumbing to obsessions over random ideas until the world outside and its suffering supersede them as unavoidable realities. Finally, helplessness and confusion – goaded by hyper media consumption and stories of friends in trouble. Switching off remained the goal throughout, but tuning in was key to building a sense of agency for collective survival.