At first, finding myself in Australia during what became a global pandemic seemed to be a stroke of dumb luck. Until June, Australia’s coronavirus record was one of success. The Australian government assessed that the coronavirus would develop into a pandemic long before the World Health Organization made the same call. At the start of February, Australia imposed a travel ban on non-citizens coming from mainland China (within 24 hours, the first COVID-19 death outside mainland China would be reported). On 20 March, the travel ban was broadened to encompass the rest of the world. Only Australian citizens and residents would be allowed to travel to Australia, and each would be required to undergo quarantine in a hotel for fourteen days.
A FG por sus palabras, que nos ayudan a entender-nos.
“Hoy y acá somos seres torvos, seres protegidos con cerraduras y candados, seres que se recogen temprano, que se mienten, seres que bailan un mapalé infinito donde nadie toca a nadie porque tenemos miedo del contacto, del contagio. Cuatrocientos cincuenta años de miedo. Quinientos años. En las próximas décadas tenemos que acostumbrarnos a ser domésticos, a pensar, a ser reflexivos, a abandonar este ansioso dolor que nos ahoga” [Garavito, 2007, 214].Así describe Fernando Garavito a través de su heterónimo Juan Mosca, cómo en Bogotá ya vivíamos desde hace tiempo como si estuviéramos en una pandemia.
I. Is “online school” normal? Is it even a normal word?
The last few months have been crazy for everyone. One went from complaining about going to school or being bumped into in stores to it being all one wanted and longed for. I had never realized how important touching is when communicating, and in everyday life. Not being able to hug someone when you see them or not being allowed to touch your friends when you’re hanging out with them can make such a big difference. It can make you feel sad and lonely even when you’re surrounded by people.
The Summer offers a complex map of the virus and its varied densities and velocities around the world. We are sorry that the Journal has been a ‘quiet place’ in recent weeks. We welcome your submissions and are eager to share them with our readers. We are re-launching our summer interventions with a new diary entry by a High Schooler in Toronto. Worth a look.
[Priya Gupta with Kunal Chaudhury] Wednesday, May 27, 2020
As India entered into lockdown at the end of March, millions of people lost their jobs. In April 2020 alone, 122 million jobs were lost. Millions of people working as domestic help, as drivers, as day laborers, began a long journey back to their hometowns. Trains were stopped, buses were stopped, and for most people there was no choice but to walk. Anywhere between 300 and 1,000 miles, in 103 to upwards of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, 39 – 43 degrees Celsius.
Two and a half months after the first case of Covid-19 reported in Turkey (11 March 2020, relatively late considering its neighbours on both sides were already recording Covid-19 related deaths), and as the month of fasting for Ramadan comes to an end with the holiday today, we are more confused than ever about what to think about life in Turkey. As was said elsewhere, every country was at a different point when the chaos and crisis of this pandemic came. Turkey’s economy was already in a tough spot, with unemployment at a worrying 13.4%, speculative currency attacks and a depreciating lira, combined with repeated attempts at slashing interest rates to revive economic activity.