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✎ EN COVID-19: Tell us about your experience

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by EasyExpat, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. EasyExpat

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    Only 3 months done in 2020 and we already know that year 2020 will enter in History books as one of the major event in the 21st century! The pandemic that has spread around the world rapidly started in December 2019 in the Wuhan area, at the heart of China. As of today, up to 3 billions people are in lock-down and the planet is more or less at a stand still with more than 180 countries and territories on six continents affected (i.e. more or less the entire world) and killing nearly 120,000 people so far.

    With most of the world required to stay at home, you are likely to have experiment of some sort of confinement. We would like you to share your experience with the community and tell us how you deal with the current crisis.

    You could tell us about your current life and for example:
    • Have you thought about coming back to your country or have you decided to stay in you expat-country?
    • What sort of measures are in place in the country where you live? Is it a total lockdown? Partial? How is the population reacting?
    • What is your personal opinion on the way the pandemic is currently managed by the country?
    • Are you furloughed or do you work from home (and in that case, how do you manage)?
    • If you have children, how do you manage home-schooling?
    • How do you manage the relationship with your family in your home-country? Do you call them more often? And do you have more contacts with your friends? Have you put in place some video groups on social media?
    We greatly appreciate your participation and thank you in advance.

    And of course, stay safe and avoid any travel for the meantime.
     
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    Hi everyone! My name is Jeric and I am an expat here in Florence, Italy. As we all know, the whole Italy now is in lockdown. Lockdown here is very serious. I've never encountered any pandemic situation in my entire life.

    Living as an expat is quite difficult for me. I have my family in the Philippines, I have no friends here, the food is different and now the pandemic came. I am very afraid of this situation. I know that this will make a very big impact on the country and for everyone. I know that this is something that we can conquer. I miss my family and as much as I wanted to see my own country, I cant. But after all, I still decided to continue living here at the moment.

    At first, Italy was super relaxed about this situation until the time came that the government has to suspend all classes in all schools. When they suspended, many Italians rejoice and thinking that they were on vacation only. But until it reaches thousands of cases and the government decided to fully lock down the country.

    In Florence now, it is prohibited to go out without masks and gloves. I know that it was a little bit late when they decided to fully lockdown the country. But now, I guess they are doing their very best to minimize the physical contacts. As my part-time job, I work at home doing blogging.

    Since the Philippines is in lockdown too in some parts, my family is struggling too. We communicate more frequently than before. Honesty, this pandemic made our relationship stronger than before. Luckily we have messaging apps nowadays to use to contact our loved ones more frequently.
     
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    Many thanks @Jeric for sharing your experience of the crisis in Florence and Italy.
    I assume you can compare with your family in Philippines the differences in confinement over there and in Italy.
    I heard that they are relaxing slowly the rules, so it might become less difficult.
     
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    Right now we are still waiting for the final announcement from the government. But according to the latest news, they will make an announcement on 1st of May and it will be effected by 3rd of May.

    In the Philippines they haven’t announced yet when they are ending the enhanced quarantine. But finger crossed that we will end this sooner... in terms of cases, Italy is dropping the number of affected everyday. Which is a very positive result of quarantine.
     
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    @Jeric If we follow the same trend as before the crisis, France will release the lockdown 1 week later ... and they have actually announced the 11th May and the UK a week or more later...
    My bet is that it will be much later in the UK has they have still massive death toll everydays and the FT is even talking about the most hit country in Europe. :(
    What other countries will do such as Germany, Belgium, Spain...remains to be seen.
     
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    Right now, all we can do is to wait until further notice. It is hard but we can’t do anything.
     

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