Scenes Of Life
After three weeks of social distancing and lockdown, we are becoming weirdly used to it. My research work has fallen off a cliff, but I am OK with that. In my weekly meetings with my research team or with students, I now focus on providing a safe space for everyone to express what they are feeling and to support each other. We are also devising ways we can contribute or volunteer to help with the current situation. We keep in touch regularly with our families on WhatsApp.
We go grocery shopping very cautiously once a week. We watch concerts online on the weekends. We take turns cooking. We have designated our different rooms as different work branches — the bedroom is the Adelaide Branch, the dining room is The St.
Lawrence Branch — and we switch branches every day when we work. It lulls us into forgetting the tight condo space we are in.
In quantum physics, two entangled particles can remain connected when separated across space and time, even across the universe. So let us be quantum. Let us be connected, no matter how far we are separated and no matter how much time passes. I live alone, so it has made my physical community very small i.
However, my community of friends at the gym and from work have rallied around and have online classes and meetings. I work in international collaborations and was already in two to three online meetings daily for the past five years.
I make sure to do my makeup and dress up every day. I want to share how important it is for me to find things to be joyful about. If we are going to be physically separated for a while, I need to keep my spirits high. In early March, we had the first case in an Ecuador citizen who was living in Spain but who traveled here to visit her family. From one week to the next, the country went into a state of national emergency with an enforced curfew from 2PM to 5AM and a halt in all commercial activities not related to the financial system, food production and provision, and healthcare.
All businesses had to close, and we had to adjust to working from home. This is doable for a portion of our population, but for the majority — who rely on informal work — staying at home and following social distancing is not possible. This happened most visibly in Guayaquil, where over 60 percent of its population is part of the informal workforce and 30 percent live in informal settlements, in overcrowded conditions with no sewage or water service.
Thus, they still move around, spreading the virus, increasing the COVID cases, and leading to the collapse of the health system. Guayaquil has seen a high mortality rate — over 14 percent — which the city has not been able to manage.
In Quito, which has a lower rate of informal workers, the spread of COVID is slower, but people need to be constantly reminded of the importance of practicing social distancing, wearing protective gear, and keeping good cleaning habits. My husband and I own a design hotel. Ecuador closed its borders in March, and our property had to be closed. We are having to rethink the future of our business and the changes we must embrace to remain open and relevant. This crisis is going to be a huge blow on the tourism industry worldwide, and we have to find a way to adjust and evolve.
We are now thinking about ways in which our property will become attractive for local tourists as we will see more people taking vacations in locations they can reach by car to avoid airports or airplanes. We have to evolve from large footprint tourism to locally based, mindful tourism. I also have an architecture and design office. There, I can continue to work from home designing or doing environmental evaluations for projects to be built and completed once the lockdown is revised and we resume normal activities.
What has changed in architecture and design — particularly in environmental design — is now we must respond to the challenge on how to provide healthy spaces for people to live and work that can respond to the threat of viruses such as these. We will have to think about how architecture can contribute to better living conditions and better indoor environments. This will be a challenge for everyone in the design and construction industries, from material development to furnishings and systems.
I believe this will bring a shift in how architecture is designed and expected to perform. On a personal level, I have three kids ages 21, 15 and My oldest is attending college in the US. When Ecuador Scenes Of Life to close its borders on March 14, her college was still deciding what to do. So when it closed its campus, she could no longer return home. We had to find friends who could accommodate her in the US, while we wait for Ecuador to open its borders. In the meantime, we go day by day.
To remain sane and reduce stress and anxiety, we are exercising regularly every day, doing laps around the house, getting on a stationary bike, or doing a workout session. This allows for me and my husband to let off steam and have a personal time. I have found that we are more productive since we do not commute to work and we used to waste going from meeting to meeting, so we can get more done now.
I would like to think this crisis was a way for the planet to put us in our place and make us stop all the noise and continuous demands so it can heal and be restored. COVID has made it clear that we all live on the same planet, share the same air and the same resources and that this can affect you. COVID will have the largest impact on poor communities, and this is the time when we show that we are human and we need to care for each other.
The planet has given us a wake-up call. In Cairo, schools, clubs, universities, public institutions, restaurants and the private sector have all shut down.
We have a curfew from 7PM till 6AM. Only hospitals, pharmacies and grocery stores are open. Anyone with symptoms or who can afford to quarantine is isolating themselves away from family and loved ones. Most shops have long queues with no safe distancing or disinfectant available.
Due to the curfew, the metro at 5PM is packed with people trying to go home. Still, some people are holding weddings and parties in secret. Some of us are also worried about our political prisoners. Several small businesses I know have laid off their employees, and now some big factories are either giving half salaries or laying off half their workforce.
My news feed is starting to fill up with news of people dying. Unlike the times of the revolution, news of people passing away is coming to me not only from Cairo but from all over the world. We are losing architects, intellectuals and doctors; we are losing loved ones, family members and friends.
We are reaching out to each other, wondering if this is a goodbye. My friend is asthmatic. She wrote to me, saying that she has updated her will and if something happens to her, she would like me to guide her children.
We are in our early 40s, and I thought I had a few years left before I had to reflect on these matters, but I guess we are against something that knows no borders or age limits. I am preparing myself and my family that any of us might leave any minute.
I teach at The American University in Cairo, and we have moved to online teaching. Thanks to technology, I am able to continue conducting my classes uninterrupted. It is not the same as being in a classroom but it has helped me develop more creative ways to connect with them. We start every class by asking how is everyone doing. Some students cannot cope, and kindness and words of encouragement are essential. Our role as teachers is to educate but also to ensure their emotional well-being and understand that this is difficult for everyone.
My main job now is to keep my students motivated and looking forward to life. We might all witness the loss of a loved one before the end of the year, or we might leave ourselves.
Remembering our humanity is essential. Every morning at 8AM, I conduct a remote yoga class for my year-old mother who lives in Beirut. I video call her, and we start our day together, breathing gently and doing simple exercises.
I am calling my friends around the world, checking on those who are not Scenes Of Life once a week and some on a daily basis. I am spending more time in my garden, planting seeds and clearing beds for spring. I had forgotten how beautiful roses smell, so now I try to smell my roses every day. I am reading a lot, and I am sorting my files and finishing postponed projects.
I go on walks and listen to music. I have always been an introvert, so being alone is not uncomfortable; I am just worried about my family and friends.
I am grateful that I have a roof over my head, and I can afford social distancing. Writing daily gratitude notes also helps. Be kind. We are all in this together. If you can help others, please do. It could simply mean calling a sick friend or cheering someone up. Little acts of kindness can change the world. We have been given a chance to reconsider our relationship with each other and with other creatures. It is a time to be still and to look ourselves in the mirror.
To me, there are two certainties — that we are born and that we will die. Now is the time for you to tell the ones you love that you love them. My community in Spain is all communicating online, and it feels Scenes Of Life strange not to gather with friends for such a long time.
It has changed our everyday life to depend much more on technology, since we cannot have presence anymore. Well, my daily life in Ethiopia these Scenes Of Life has gone through a process of social distancing but not total lockdown. People take a lot of precautions, and it is affecting me professionally and personally. Please stay safe and keep dreaming about a better tomorrow where we can be more respectful of the environment.
I believe nature is giving us a message with this situation, and we should listen to it carefully and change our behaviour in the future. The whole thing is so damn terrifying. My home set-up is entirely new. You sort of live day by day. We miss seeing and being around each other — suddenly, being away from each other is a strength and not a weakness. We are finding home schooling challenging; our appreciation for teachers and the education system is at an all-time high.
We are grateful for little everyday things in life that we often take for granted. I set small daily goals: If I manage to get one thing done well during the day, I am satisfied. I reach out to different members of my team to go over their projects, and this human-to-human interaction is mutually beneficial.
I do a bit of schoolwork with my children. We will get over this crisis! Stay at home now to expedite our return to normal.
Count your blessings. Stay connected to other human beings. Be patient with scientists. This is a complex and dynamic situation, and no one has perfect solutions.
Our solutions are usually guided by data and this is challenging to collect in emergency situations. Nevertheless, progress is being made and we are learning every day. National soul-searching. The official disease count is now at but everyone knows that this underestimates the true case due to testing backlogs in the two national reference laboratories where the testing is being done.
The government insists on receiving all results first before release. The government has imposed lockdowns on the four cities and surrounding semi-urban enclaves that constitute nearly 90 percent of formal, non-agricultural economic activity. However, the large informal economy and the spatial looseness of poverty refuses to fully submit. This has painted an eerie picture of seeming aimlessness. In poor neighborhoods, people wander around in a kind of dream state, occasionally provoking security forces who have the impossible task of enforcing the many exemptions to the lockdown.
I am one of those sorry souls who live their lives tethered to electronic screens. I run a micro-multinational operating across a dozen countries and growing.
Now the borders are shut, and the planes grounded. The effect is one of physical and cognitive claustrophobia. The frequent bursts of color in airports and the sense of freedom engendered by the constant shifts in scenery had clouded my awareness of how artificial my life has been these past many years. Now I have to confront it for what it is, without the welcome distractions of departure-lounge madness and immigration-booth inquisitions. I have tried to maintain my standard workload and check more on friends than usual.
But a week into lockdown, I realized that I cannot simulate the bustling distractions of bygone ages by re-watching s action movies or reliving childhood teasing sessions with childhood friends.
I have convinced myself that this is a retreat to improve my take on life management. After World War I, people thought the world had changed forever. It had, but not in many essentials. The interwar period saw Scenes Of Life fastest rearmament the world had ever seen, and the conflict that followed was the worst in human history. What followed that conflict? The nuclear arms race. If the world is going to change in some fundamental way, it is going to require bold new ideas of change that truly open a new dimension of our humanity.
Just hoping the pandemic will resolve old debates around the left-right dichotomies in most parts of the world is naive. My big idea is that powerful technologies that can help with things like digital contact tracing should never be built and run like normal national security technologies, built by commercial entities, and placed in the exclusive control of governments.
Instead, they should be developed as social utilities that are managed by multi-stakeholder bodies. They are alleging that the administration is prohibiting them from reporting stories critical of its efforts in controlling the pandemic. The working principles of our profession are already taking a hit, even as the reporters in the field are doing their job with great personal risk, exposing themselves and thus their near and dear ones to the contagion that has forced the world into a lockdown.
This time has allowed me to get to a stage where I no longer feel that I should be spending my 20s in a certain way. And I for one am glad to have that pressure alleviated, and to not be enduring hangovers in 9am lectures anymore. You must be logged in to post a comment. Call us now. Share this: Tweet. Introduction A personal development plan is one of the most effective tools for students and professionals who want to achieve excellence in their respective fields.
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