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All I have is work

I'm one of the lucky ones who can work almost like normal during this time. Some might say I wasn't lucky as I can't just stay home doing nothing. But that would just drive me crazy. Not having anything to do just wouldn't work for me. And it's not just about the money.

It's just that when there is not much else to do, no clear separation from work time and free time I tend to work long hours. Filling the days with something to do keeps the thoughts away from the current situation.

Living by the statistics

While the epidemic is ravaging around the world we, the lucky ones not yet touched by it must live through the statistics of it. Until it touches someone close enough to you it's just all numbers.

There are all those first cases and deaths: in the world, in your continent, country, city. It's getting closer, numbers are getting bigger. All that matters are those smallest numbers. The ones closest to you.

Green pandemic

Current lockdowns and recession has reduced carbon emission drastically around the world. In some areas the emissions have dropped by up to 25 percent due the heavy industry and transportation basically shutting down. 

If you want to find something positive from this pandemic this could be it. Unfortunately it's just temporary. As soon as it's safe to get back to normal operations emissions will be back up as well.

Not enough news

A while back I took a critical look on my daily news and article subscriptions. As a result I was able to cut  the seemingly endless list of topics down by more than 80%. Just scrolling through those took earlier a formidable amount of time, but now I had time yo actually read the interesting ones.

Now I have plenty of time at my hands. I could go through more new information. But there isn't that much of it anymore. Even the sources I left in my stream are either producing less content or writing about the COVID-19. I don't want to read any more about it.

Same, same but different

It's now been a week from the pandemic announcement, couple of months from first signs of possible outbreak and a few days of the state of emergency. And it doesn't feel too different anymore. News still are filled with status updates around the world. But it too has become common, expected. The initial panic and hoarding has also stopped.

Remote work

Like many other modern IT companies we haven't had much of trouble switching over to working full remote. We've had the remote first policy right from the start, so this is nothing new in general. I'm certain that every one of my colleagues has worked remotely more than once just during the month before all this.

Post-Corona world

We live in scary and uncertain times. The pandemic is raving on and a lot of harsh decisions has been made to at least slow down the spread of it. Despite all this I'm hopefully looking forward towards the new world that will emerge from all this. This is a good, but hard lesson we need to go through.

Just like with any tragedy, surviving through it gives assurance that we can handle such situations. It shows that we can work together and support each other in these times. There has been a lot of good things comping up when people start to help others around them.

Return of the hunter-gatherer

Just s hint that everything might not be just like normally and suddenly completely normal and rational individuals fall into primal instincts. The pandemic has caused a trigger on many people to start hoarding essential goods like there is no tomorrow. Or ay least the delivery trucks wouldn't return to restock those empty shelves every day.

Pandemic during pandemic

It might not be the most appropriate time to play Pandemic the boardgame now that the actual pandemic is upon us. And not only due the topic might be a bit sensitive but also because we have now almost finished the campaign. So if there is going to be any quarantines we can't entertain ourself much with it anymore. Luckily it's not like we'd run out of boardgames to play anytime soon.

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