One lung for all
The COVID-19 pandemic, on the one hand, is a global emergency. On the other, it is about the personal experience of isolation familiar to many people.
The best way to alleviate the situation is to stay at home. The best way to find out about current events in the world or in your city is to monitor the stream of inconsistent news, reports, daily statistics of those infected, dead, and recovered from the virus. That leads into even greater suspense, making it difficult to build a predictable picture of what is happening.
During the pandemic, I began to create a visual diary of the “transformation” of the world, which I observed from the window of my apartment. I studied the daily news agenda and external processes: how they were rebuilt, gained new forms, and inevitably affected the usual rhythm of life and while being felt on a personal level.
Since June the quarantine is officially lifted in Moscow but some restrictions are still in place. The consequences of forced social distancing and being in a confined space are similar to the transition period in the offseason, when someone has already put on a T-shirt and someone else keeps wearing a down jacket. But now, disunity is evident in decisions whether to go to usual places or to postpone plans, to wear a mask or not, to use public transport, to determine the safe distance when in contact with others. But at the same time, this collective turmoil produces new forms of commonality.
The project is a private response to the collective experience of the “disease”: the study of “symptoms”, “side effects”, and the state of persistent anxiety as a pronounced post-traumatic syndrome.
The COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation regime has already changed the familiar lives of millions of people. There are online work, online shopping, workout sessions in Instagram, and meeting friends in Zoom. Despite the technologies one still doesn’t have enough walks in the fresh air, especially if they don't have their own summer house. However, if you wish, you can create a mini-garden or a greenhouse right in the apartment.
The coronavirus pandemic has a healing effect. Due to the lack of tourists, the water became clear in the canals of Venice, fish and even dolphins appeared there. In China, quarantine led to better air quality in Beijing and other megacities. It even gave occasion to some environmentalists to talk about the benefits of coronavirus: supposedly the number of people potentially saved by improving the environment's conditions exceeded the number of people who have died from the virus.
There are massive traffic jams on the Moscow Ring Road and queues in the subway. How access control worked in Moscow. From April 15, the access control system began to operate in the capital of Russia and in the suburbs. Queues are lined up at many metro stations. Those who stand in them upload photos on social networks, scold authorities for their bad preparation for checking digital passes, and they ask the question: Isn't such number of people itself a threat of coronavirus infection?
This is not a blitzkrieg, but it is a trench warfare. It will take a long time to live on a minimum of consumption. Pandemic is war. It would not end quickly, but it would be a painful long trench warfare. Here the winner would be the one who would better calculate his or her reserves, prepare them, and strengthen his or her position.
China has succeeded in stopping the spread of the virus within two months. Using the analysis of big data, the authorities can organize tracking of infected people, analyze the locations of smartphone owners, the transactions they performed with their bank cards, data on tickets purchased, and many other bits of information. This allows them to track the routes of movement of the infected person and people with whom he or she has been in close contact.
Dating applications report that the number of their users is growing rapidly. The Russian part of the JuliaDates service experienced a rise in traffic by 1.5 times. At the same time, the time users spend in chat rooms communicating with each other also has increased, as well as the average length of the offer in chat rooms, and the frequency of responses. Thanks to the pandemic, romance has appeared in online relationships, Gazeta.ru proclaims.
In articles about folk remedies, onion is one of the most effective products to protect oneself against viruses. Says a recommendation: “Onions must be placed into your space without removing the husks. Onions absorb viruses, protect against a new type of coronavirus." There are many other different ways one finds in the regional news. Chelyabinsk citizens, for example, takes holy water in the church to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
“In fact, what is happening looks more like a civil war. The enemy is not outside, but inside." Coronavirus has already changed our perception of other people: now they are only “potential carriers of the disease that must be avoided at all costs”. - Giorgio Agamben
Influencers of the pandemic era: how to earn more than $100,000 on Instagram by baking bread Making your own bread turned out to be one of the favorite pastimes of Americans who are locked-up at homes, along with video games, TV shows, and alcohol consumption. Rather unexpectedly and even surprising to themselves, thanks to Instagram, amateur bakers have now become the new influencers of the pandemic era.