Fear of contagion. Sad days that will remain in history. It is time to hide, to push to the same place, to take care of each other and to stop the advance of a health crisis. Isolation is not synonymous with loneliness. It is about thinking, being patient, responsible and keeping the union at a distance. Different generations understood it. But how do they go through this isolation imposed by the coronavirus? Here, three quarantine stories.
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Betty Lara turns 80 on July 26. She has two children and lives alone on the sixth floor of a Palermo building. But the oldest of them, a real estate agent, abandoned her chores to accompany her since the health crisis worsened. “He has me as a war soldier. He says I’m a boomerang, ”he jokes. He admits that he made two little escapes when he began to hear about the coronavirus, but later he became aware of what was happening in the world and understood the risk he was taking while on the street. You have the feeling that you have not left your home since makes an eternity. Last week, he visited the supermarket in his neighborhood to place an order and, since then, he has never set foot on the public road again.
“What is happening is very ugly. I never experienced anything like this. It’s frightening. I cry, I break down, I am so distressed that it hurts me“He confesses to Clarion. Watch newscasts just and necessary to avoid loading information. You are only interested in new data that may give you more care. Later, he looks for a refuge in music to escape from reality for a little while. Choose happy rhythms, those listened to by the youth, he admits. They are the ones that comfort your heart in the midst of so much concern. Daddy Yankee and Ricardo Montaner often sound frequently in their apartment.
Not everyone handles the situation the same way. Betty integrates the most vulnerable population. The alert is part of everyday life and its sensitivity is on the surface. “There comes a point when you doubt everything. Sometimes I wonder if I do well to go out on the balcony to breathe fresh air or if wearing pants is better than wearing a dress. You no longer know how to protect yourself from an invisible and silent enemyHe reflects.
A routine indoors. He gets up, has breakfast, takes a shower and looks for something to do. He protests internally at not being able to move from his home. Since sitting too long is not good for an older person’s health, look for alternatives. He walks five to seven times the length and breadth of his home. Practice gymnastics to promote flexibility of the muscles. Order the closet. Kitchen. Find a book in your library to take a trip with your mind. Chat on WhatsApp with your friends. She talks on the phone with her four grandchildren. “I learned the language they use to understand them,” she says proudly.
Betty avoids getting up early so that the day is not too long. Appreciate the love of your environment. She misses hugging, family after dinner, and shopping. “I know you won’t leave me, but I can put on gloves to buy minced meat and cook you some delicious empanadas. When the supplies run out, you’re going to cry out for food, ”she tries to persuade her son, without success. Forbidden, receive in response. “I am going to cook a rice stew with what I have at home,” says goodbye to this newspaper before cutting off the phone.
Little space and organized routines
The Toledo Ojeda family is undergoing these days of quarantine in a department of Recoleta. They all live together in a small space. Running of the bulls, bleach and soap are already part of the routine. They take advantage of the time to share it between games, news, housework and other distractions.
Nelson is 37 years old and works as a gatekeeper for the building where he lives. Clean the elevators, the ground floor area, keypads and floors with extreme care. Gloves and gel alcohol are his great allies every time he crosses the hall. When you return home, you take certain precautions. Leave the shoes outside, rinse the clothes and shower before having contact with your own.
His wife, Veronica (34), works at Telefonica through the modality home office. Martina is 7 years old and is studying third grade at the Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia. His routine was also interrupted with the suspension of classes. He had already been told about coronavirus at school. They explained how it is transmitted and the precautions to be taken.
“Understand that you have to stay at home much more than us”Nelson says. “‘Dad, we have to stay here’, he replies when I joke telling him that we are going to travel to La Plata to be at home, with more space, that we have there,” he points out.
It is not a problem for Martina to stay at home. “What little pictures did they see when they were kids, how does that virus behave” are some of their many concerns. Unlike the older ones, he finds something to have fun with at all times. Playing with dolls, doing homework on campus or drawing and painting the world on the board in her room are some of her favorites. “Imagine you have a bookstore and with Vero we went to buy what he sells,” says Nelson.
Delivery? It does not exist within your choices. They made a large purchase so as not to go out so much on the street. “We try to eat what we have in the cupboards first,” he says. Nelson practices exercise in the inner courtyard, Veronica talks to her friends on Skype, Martina talks to her grandmother on the phone. All connected, a more familiar life.
Home office in harmony
Tomas Marchetta is 23 years old. He studies Social Communication at the University of Quilmes and works as a press officer at Wikimedia Argentina. He learned to work with a new modality from his home that, like the office, requires a lot of demand. There are no longer face-to-face activities, but the meetings are coordinated virtually. “It is a new dynamic in which digital takes precedence,” he admits.
In the same house is his sister Barbara (22), who studies Medicine at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) where classes are suspended, in principle, until April 1. Maintains sporadic contacts with teachers through the virtual field. He also lives with his mother Nancy, employee of the Judicial Power of the Nation. All with home office.
There are routines that were not changed. The way of working is not alien to family dynamics. Although the incorporation of calls and remote meetings repeatedly. “I try to have them when others are busy. For example, one drinking mate in the patio and the other watching TV in his room ”, he highlights.
Household chores are also divided as usual. But now they take turns who and when they leave, in addition to respecting specific sanitary provisions. “To enter the supermarket, I keep the subway away,” says Tomas.
“For the first time in 13 years we ate on the balcony of our house. We met some neighbors yelling at each other, street in between. One of them wrote her phone number on a poster. We wrote it down and put together a WhatsApp group ”, a friend tells him by video call. Meanwhile, another recounts how they toasted their cousin’s birthday at a distance. Everyone was excited with the online recital by Fito Paez.