Starting from mid May, the German government has allowed people –especially those who run business– to resume their activities. This means, shopping malls, bookstores, and restaurants are carefully reopening their doors to customers. Social distancing procedures are still being applied, of course. For example, we need to wear masks when visiting the shopping malls, the number of people who are allowed to be inside the bookstores are limited and people must apply the provided hand-sanitizer before entering the shop, and we can only eat in the restaurant with prior booking.
Last week, we received an email from our PI, saying that we are now allowed to work full time, but are still suggested to do home-office as much as we can. For university students all around Germany, all classes for this summer semester has been scheduled to be fully performed through online platforms. For me, as a PhD student, there are no strict rules applied. So, basically I can arrange my own schedule. Perhaps, I will start working for longer time in the office and the lab starting next week.
I have been sort of adapted of this home-office thing by now. However, working in the office is more comfortable for me at the moment, as I have a bigger space there. If only I had more space (and a garden + balcony!) in my apartment, I would have prefer to work at home more than any other places. I have proven that I can maintain my productivity. 🙂
Up to this point, there have been no vaccines yet available to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV 2. We do not have any choice other than being “friends” with this tiny things. At least, my prediction, until 1-2 years from now. Life will not be back to normal again.
But life must go on!
Meanwhile in my home country, Indonesia, people have been already forced to go back to work after Eid last week. Yet the curve has not shown any signs to reach its peak. According to the news, there are not so many cases detected anymore. However, looking at Indonesia’s whole population of around 270 millions, does it make sense if they only have in total less than 30000 cases so far?
I know, the situation in Indonesia and other developing countries are not as “easy” as here in Europe. There are many people who work in informal sectors, who get daily payment. Can you imagine how this situation has affected them? Can you also imagine the impact of this global pandemic to Indonesian economy? All of the decisions made by Indonesian government regarding this situation seems crazy for us. But, they do not have any other choices.
For my friends and families who must go back to work, despite the current situation, please always take care!