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The “New” Normal

Hello everyone!

I haven’t written about the pandemic for a while, and today I want to talk about the “new” normal.

Someone said to me that the “new” normal is the “new” abnormal. And he had a point. Things are not back to the way they were before COVID-19, and there is nothing “normal” about our new circumstances.

As I write this post, I can’t help thinking how a year ago things were just normal. October had just started; I was planning my birthday celebration (yes, I am an October baby!), and life seemed to be just going by as usual.

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I don’t think any of us imaged when the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Eve, that everything would change so drastically in 2020 and that almost everything we planned for the year would have to be left on hold or not done at all.

The “new” normal varies from country to country and city to city. Here in Guatemala, only recently did the government decided to reopen almost everything, even though there are still several new contagion cases every day, and the death toll continues to grow daily.

The best word to describe the “new” normal here would be “afraid.” We are still afraid to go out, especially to closed spaces filled with people. We are afraid of being too close to people. We are afraid of people who don’t wear masks. We are afraid of people who cough and sneeze.

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This means that shopping malls, restaurants, and other recently reopened venues, are not as crowded as they were before the pandemic. Also, they cannot admit the same amount of people they did before.

But living in the “new” normal also means that we need to learn to live with this coronavirus and try to lead our lives as usual as possible but without forgetting about everyone’s safety.

This means not overexposing ourselves. The need for safety has made online shopping rocket since the pandemic began. Many businesses had to adapt to selling online to not lose their niche and clients. I think now we all feel safer shopping online than going to a store or shopping mall when we can do everything from home.

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We are also getting used to wearing a mask, washing our hands more often, and keeping our distance. Today, that seems easier than it was when it all first started. I think most of us want to keep not just ourselves safe, but also our loved ones, especially those who share our household.

And it can also mean that we have learned or discovered skills that we didn’t know before. Like, I learned how to cut my hair since the hair salons were closed for so many months during the lockdown. I like it so much that I have continued to cut it myself even though salons are open again. I’m like, “Why go to a salon if I can do it at home?” hahaha.

Only schools and a few other places remain closed, and they probably won’t reopen until 2021. Although some companies have decided to reopen their doors to their employees, others have preferred to keep their employees working from home to avoid any problems.

How is the “new” normal in your country and city? Are people adapting properly or are there problems? Have you learned any new skills? I’d love to hear about you, so don’t be shy and leave me a comment.

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Until next time, take care and stay safe! We’ll make it through together!

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Let’s Talk Pandemic

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about how the pandemic is being handled in our countries and what we think about it.

In Guatemala, for almost two months now, we have been on complete lockdown, and for about a month and a half, we’ve also had a curfew. For a month, it was from 4:00 PM to 4:00 AM, and for the past two weeks, it’s been from 6:00 PM to 4:00 AM. Also, during the curfew, we cannot travel from one State to another.

We have about 600 cases of infection, and from those around 20 have died, and 60 have recuperated.

Our new president (started in January of this year, poor guy!) is a doctor, so I think this helps because he understands the risk and dangers better. Of course, this doesn’t mean he has all the answers; I don’t think anyone does.

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I was chatting with my friends in Italy, and they agree that the problem there is that everyone thought they were just more cases of the flu, which had been affecting the country since October, so they were completely unprepared for the pandemic.

Although pandemics like this one have existed before, this is the first time I have experienced it, and I guess most of you hadn’t either. These are unprecedented times for almost everyone.

What about the economy? Ours has been harshly affected, with most businesses closed, especially small businesses. Many people have been laid off because of the situation (one of my brothers included), and the surviving ones are supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, and those that offer delivery services like most restaurants.

But also, people are trying their best to survive by selling masks, antibacterial soaps, groceries, and other first need items to have an income during the quarantine.

In many countries, authorities have said that the restriction measures will slowly start to disappear as of next week. Our president calls it a little “gift” if we behave well this week.

But, are we ever going to be able to go back to “normal”? Is there now a before and after coronavirus? What will our new “normal” be like?

During the Bubonic Plague, for instance, social distancing and isolation were practiced, but after a while, people went back to the same interactions they had before the pandemic. Is that going to happen to us? Are we going to be able to hug and kiss our loved ones again? Are we going to be able to shake hands again?

As someone from a Latin American country, being affectionate is part of my culture, it’s in our blood! So, the thought that we might not be able to show affection to our loved ones as we once did, it is heartbreaking.

What do you think will happen? Will things go back to the way they were before, or are we going to have to get used to a new “normal”?

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Let me know in the comments, and for further information on the pandemic check out my two previous blog posts: Work in the Time of Covid-19 and What To Do During The Quarantine

I do hope my next post will be about good news on how we defeated COVID-19 and how we are slowly but surely getting back to our old ways but in a better and healthier way.

Until the next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

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What To Do During The Quarantine

Hello everyone!

So, nothing has changed much since my last post. Most of us are still in quarantine because of Covid-19, and this might continue for a while.

Which brings the question: What to do during the quarantine?

There’s plenty to do, depending on everyone’s circumstances, but here is a list of things that have helped me through this time.

Working

I’m lucky enough to be a freelance translator and to have been working from home for over two years. This means I didn’t need any time to adapt to remote work, but I’m sure this not the case for everyone.

Regardless, it is vital to fall into your work-from-home routine. Make sure to work as if you were in the office (same schedule), don’t waste too much time and set daily tasks and goals.

Remember that you’re not a remote worker, you are just trying your best to work from home due to extraordinary circumstances.

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Eating Healthy

Being at home all day could make you fall into bad habits, like eating unhealthy snacks. I know this one is hard to follow, but make sure to have plenty of healthy snacks like fruit, yogurt, and nuts. Also, drink lots of water.

Exercising

Whether you had a workout routine or not before the quarantine, you should start one. Working from home is very sedentary, so we need to move! It doesn’t have to be something too complicated or elaborate, just standing up to stretch out and walking around the house can get your heart rate going.

Reading

This one is for those of you who like to read. I love to read, and lately, I’ve also been listening to audiobooks, which you can do while you work out or take a break. If you enjoy reading, I highly recommend Scribd, it has a wide selection of books and audiobooks, and it offers a 30-day trial period.

Catching up with podcasts, webinars, and tutorials

Do you need to catch up with lots of podcast episodes? Have you been putting off some beneficial webinars and tutorials? Then go ahead and start catching up with them, you’ll probably learn some interesting tips related to your industry while being entertained.

Video chatting with family and friends

Being apart doesn’t mean not communicating with our loved ones. We have plenty of apps to choose from to video chat with anyone in the world, so use them and make sure to stay in touch and show love.

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If you are spending the quarantine with family, make sure to spend time with them, you could play games, watch movies, play in the garden or outside if allowed.

Also, remember this is not a productivity challenge; you don’t have to do right now everything you haven’t been able to do. You also need to rest, so take it easy.

This won’t last forever, so let’s try to make the best out of it! You should check out my previous blog post Work in the Time of Covid-19 to learn more about remote work during this pandemic.

Until next time, stay safe, and don’t forget to subscribe!

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Work in the Time of Covid-19

Hello everyone!

I suppose it’s impossible not to write about Covid-19, which is what everyone else is talking about these days.

But I wanted to address it more in the way of how the almost worldwide quarantine has put remote work in fashion.

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For those of us who were already working as freelancers from home, nothing has changed that much, except the fact that we can’t go out as much as we did before, especially on weekends.

So, now that this has happened, will companies and other industries appreciate more the value of remote work?

I think they might. Just because you work from home, either as an autonomous freelancer or as a company’s employee, doesn’t mean that you can’t be productive or that the company you work for will suffer any losses because you are not in the office.

Nowadays it almost seems ridiculous that remote work isn’t more popular among companies. Only very few accept this kind of work, some of them not even full-time, but just a day or two per week.

But now that almost everyone is forced to work from home, opinions may shift. Companies and industries might realize that remote work is not as bad as they thought it would be and might implement it on a larger scale. After all, we don’t know if another emergency like this one might hit us later on, and we do need to be prepared.

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After working for many years in an office, it wasn’t easy for me to transition from that into full-time working from home. It took time to get used to it, and I am sure many of you out there are having a hard time with this, but believe me, you’ll be fine. Just be patient and make sure to establish your work routine, this will help you to keep busy, and you’ll see that your productivity will be the same or maybe even better than working in the office, it is all up to you.

If you want to read more about remote work, read my previous post Working from Home

I hope you are all safe and healthy, and we definitely can do this together! And yes, the title of this post is a little homage to my favorite author, Gabriel García Márquez. Can you guess why? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time take care and remember to subscribe to my blog!

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