IWSG monthly post
A month ago no one would have believed we would be living with the corona pandemic. We watched the news, and the whole thing seemed unreal, distant to us here in Europe. Even more so here in Finland. We are sort of used to being far from the rest of the world.
Then came the first infection. Then a few more. As I write this we are at 1400 infections and 17 deaths
Our borders are closed, The Helsinki area is in quarantine. The worse is still ahead, but we have managed to slow the spread of the corona virus, so that our health care system has a chance to take care of those infected.
We watch with horror what is happening in Spain and Italy at the moment, and how the situation will develop in the States. I have friends all over the world and my brother's family lives in USA, so I worry a lot.
My husband and I had reserved a trip to London, now canceled. Another trip to Dublin with a friend probably also will be canceled. No concerts, sports events or mass meetings allowed. Restaurants and schools are closed. No one is allowed to visit old people's homes. People shy away from each other when they meet on the street - and old people are asked to stay at home. Not all of them have a chance to stay at home with someone else bringing food and necessities to them. They have to go shopping, and people try to avoid them as much as possible. My own mother is 80 and lives in the same city, so for us this is no problem. She sends us a shopping list and we bring her whatever she needs. Still, it is strange to open her door with our own keys, make sure she is in another room and quickly take the grocery bags into her kitchen. A wave from the doorway and then we leave.
My day job has moved into home office, but thankfully that is not a problem. I have worked from home every week even before this situation, and have done my job for such a long time already I can work more or less independently.
As it happens, I have two weeks of holiday now, and I am using the situation to my advantage by studying for my MA in Egyptology 6-8 hours per day. Taking walks outside, and exercising with the help of the internet at home.
Still, among all this, people have started to think more of each other. We have put posters in the neighbourhood in case someone needs shopping assistance - they can call the people in the list. Friends and family are even more connected to each other in many cases, using the mobile connections. And black humour is blooming. Don't get me started on toilet paper...
If you are reading this and the corona virus is still spreading around the world, I hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.
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