Health : how to get through the second wave of COVID-19
The first wave of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the spring of 2020 dealt a serious blow to the French economy and society. In summer, despite the relaxation of many quarantine measures, it was not possible to fully return to previous life. And everyone understood that with the arrival of autumn, we should prepare for the second wave. Unfortunately, she was quick to wait.
Increase in the number of cases and new restrictions
According to Wikipedia statistics, in October 2020, France is in 5th place in number of cases – 1,235,132 cases and more than 35,000 deaths. And on October 25, 2020, the anti-record on the number of new cases was established – more than 36 thousand per day. The country ranks second behind the United States, India, Brazil and Russia for these indicators.
It is not surprising that the government is forced to introduce new restrictive measures to reduce the rate at which the coronavirus is spreading across the country. At the end of October, according to La Tribune and other information portals, Emmanuelle Macron announced a strengthening of the quarantine measures of at least four weeks from October 30. The general provisions are as follows:
- You can only leave home for a good reason: to see a doctor, work, run errands or help a loved one;
- Universities are closing, schools and preschools are still functioning, but children 6 and older must wear a mask;
- Bars, restaurants and nightclubs should not accept visitors;
- only those who sell basic necessities work in stores;
- Public and private meetings are prohibited;
- Traffic between French regions is prohibited, except for very good reasons.
Many universities support the requirement to revert to some form of distance education. Some of them, like the University of Artois and the UPJV, even prepared lists of recommendations for students on how to start learning at home.
Remember that on October 14, Emmanuelle Macron introduced curfews from 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. in eight cities, including Paris. According to Ouest France, this restriction will affect more than 46 million French people.
The President of France himself said the following: “I understand the general weariness of all restrictions. But we must preserve unity and solidarity, and not give in to the poison of division ”.
Mr Macron rejects the collective immunity strategy and says that now it is necessary to “press hard on the brake” until the number of patients has reached an even more critical point.
As in the spring, the government recommends that companies, as far as possible, relocate their employees to work remotely from their homes and minimize the presence of people in closed office spaces. According to the OpinionWay research center, around 44% of executives and specialists can continue to work remotely today. However, 55% of workers who perform physical labor are at risk of losing their jobs. Among them, only 3% can work remotely. Therefore, not everyone is enthusiastic about the new measures. Many people are unable to do their jobs, and their productivity at home drops dramatically. In addition, there are many unresolved questions. For example, payment, including personal expenses when working from home – for electricity, internet, purchase of equipment for the performance of their duties, etc. Sure, they try to fix all of these issues, but the process isn’t the fastest.
How, in these circumstances, to organize remote work and not go crazy.
Working from home only the first few days or weeks seems very comfortable, measured and sometimes even more productive than in the office. But gradually, it becomes exhausting. The notions of “work” and “home” come together, you hardly leave your home, you spend almost the whole day between four walls, alone or next to one or two close people.
Follow our advice in order to work effectively from home in the event of a pandemic and severe quarantine measures and not to get depressed:
1. Set a specific timeframe. Many people work the same hours, much like in the office. But it is not necessary. In a secluded location, you don’t waste time gathering and driving. So you can start and finish your work sooner. Someone notices that it is more productive to work in the evening and tries to move the more difficult tasks towards this hour.
2. Get rid of distractions. Try to quit social media, browser games, loud music, soap operas and the like during office hours. All of these distractions end up stretching your workday for at least a few hours.
3. Use reliable video chats to communicate. According to the LA VDN portal, the following communication services are the most popular in France: Skype, FaceTime, Messenger, WhatsApp and Zoom. But remember, work chats in video chats don’t last all day. Normalize communication.
4. Don’t isolate yourself completely – communicate with people. Left out of the outside world, it is very easy to sever almost any connection with the outside world. You don’t have to do it. Try to call your friends and family. And for a change, meet new people online at sites like https://coomeet.com/en/omegle.
5. Organize your workspace properly. If you have the chance, differentiate between work and rest areas. It is better to set up your “office” in a separate room. Otherwise, the view of the workplace immediately after waking up will be very depressing. Remove any excess from the table, leaving only the essentials. The less you have to deal with, the easier it is to concentrate on your work.
6. Ask others not to distract you unnecessarily. Close people can be a major distraction when working remotely. Discuss the matter with them and ask them not to distract you. Especially if a conversation with management or a serious conference is planned. Here again, a clearly defined timetable, which will guide your loved ones, will help.
7. Take care of your homework. Try to solve all the problems around the house outside of working hours: washing things, cleaning the room, putting together the furniture, etc. It is not possible to combine work and household chores. You will end up with nothing. And don’t forget that during working hours, work should come first.
Now, let’s get out of the routine and talk about a more pressing issue for many – online dating. After all, meeting new people and starting a relationship is very difficult under the current circumstances.
Online dating is all the rage again.
To understand how active your audience has become in terms of online dating, you can use the Google Trends tool. It analyzes the number of user requests for a given topic and assigns them a popularity score of 1 to 100 points.
For example, we use the query “Omegle” – one of the most popular anonymous video chats in the world. The table for the last 12 months is as follows:
- until mid-March the rate is low, 20-25 points;
- end of April and beginning of May – maximum value of 100 points;
- Summer 2020 is a gradual decline from 90 to 65;
- end of September and beginning of October is still slightly down, up to 40 points;
- the last October, a new jump of up to 70 points.
Currently, anonymous video chats, according to the same data from Google Trends, are the most popular in the Champagne-Ardenne, Picardy, Corsica, Lorraine and Haute-Normandie sub-regions.
Moreover, in France, Omegle is less popular than another video chat – Bazoocam. If you look at the statistics from Google Trends, the state in October is maintained at the highest level of popularity – over 90 points. And there was no slump like Omegle’s in the summer. Also popular are Chatspin, Shagle, Chatrandom and others.
Despite the absence of direct recommendations from the French authorities on dates, as in Switzerland and the Netherlands, everyone understands that real meetings under the current circumstances are not the best idea. Therefore, for many, the opportunity to meet and communicate on the web becomes a real salvation. Especially for those who live alone. The human being is a social being. And communication with other people shapes him as a person, allows you to acquire new traits, interests, habits, to set your own goals in life and to choose the best ways to achieve them. And while the internet will never be a 100% replacement for live communication, it is now as close as possible thanks to video chats.