๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Learning from the Pandemic in Santiago

Santiago, Chile:

The hardest part about the situation for me, is that it is not known what will happen to grades, the grades that count for university. Also, not seeing my friends, that I used to see every day, I miss laughing and hugging a lot.

The rule here in Chile is mandatory quarantine. We have been in voluntary quarantine since March but later more measures were taken and the mandatory quarantine was put in last week, which I find perfect because we have to take care of others, especially older adults.

I have not been out of my house since March 14 – only once that I went to the eye doctor, obviously with a mask. I think that the rules will be removed in a longer time, a month or much more since every day the cases rise and the deaths are beginning to rise.
This situation affects me in a bad way and also in a good way because I think that all people are learning much more to value what they have and they are taking more seriously the situation, but also suddenly it affects me badly: I am not so nice with my family because I start to collapse with the feeling of confinement.

And yes, I am glad to be at home because I am lucky to be quarantined with my family, with online classes, etc. I am sometimes bored but sometimes no, I have had much more time with myself because normally one is very used to being surrounded by people all the time. I pass the time studying, drawing, watching TV, with my family, my dogs, and eatingโ€ฆ my mom cooks a lot and I love it, but I donโ€™t like so much to cook.

Yes, I have school and I think that it works very well and I’m so grateful to be able to have classes, although I prefer to go to school because we also have much less hours in all subjects.

I think that a lot of people follow the rules but also a lot of people don’t. My advice for others is to stay at home. And finally I think that all people will learn from this.

Emilia D.

4 June 2020

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