Corona

The last few days I use my Spotify Premium subscription much more than before (I don’t usually listen to that much music). Especially if you spend most of your time indoors and only talk in videoconferences, on the phone or with bakery staff, it’s nice to break the silence with music. Sure, it is never quiet in my apartment in an apartment building with rather thin walls. Often I hear the music that the neighbours play (it’s always the same music), I hear the neighbours talking loudly to each other and I hear them watching TV.
I just had to share a picture of my workplace in the company internal wiki. That’s why I share the same picture again on my blog, so everyone can see how my desk looks like. My dream workplace would look like the one from David Heinemeir Hansson, but unfortunately the reality only looks like this: How does your desk look like?

The New York Times published a photo story (open the link in a private tab to avoid the login-wall) with photos of public places around the world in times of COVID-19. The emptiness in these pictures is on the one hand magical, but also somehow frightening. A virus has actually managed to stop the world.

These images are haunted and haunting, like stills from movies about plagues and the apocalypse, but in some ways they are hopeful.

My method to get enough exercise during #StayAlone and to have a physical balance to sitting at the desk is to go out regularly by myself, ride a bike or run a little. Although I occasionally decided and tried to run more again (I used to run quite a bit and had pretty good conditions), I always gave up quite quickly because I somehow lacked motivation and preferred to spend my time in other ways.

Today I took the chance, as long as it is still possible to leave the house, and used the good weather to run a little. Only 4.5 km and not very fast, because my fitness is on a pretty low level at the moment. But I realized how important this exercise is, especially at a time when you only leave the house to go grocery shopping. Running in particular is an uncritical way to do sports. You can do it alone and you can keep enough distance from other people. And one advantage: it can be really challenging.

Nice thing: Because of Corona and because there are no presence lectures at my university at the moment, they have installed a Rocket.Chat instance. And this although there are a lot of deficits concerning digitalisation.

There are Corona news all the time. Kindergartens and schools in Lower Saxony are closed until the second half of April. Also, presence lectures at universities no longer take place. That means no lectures for me but studying from home. In addition to better hygiene (wash your hands!), this is probably a good way to contain the spread of the disease and not overburden the health system. However, panic also seems to be spreading:
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.