Global Voices has a community of translators who, together with the authors, is the engine of this journalistic medium. For example, Global Voices Spanish translators have translated, from the beginning, the daily news of COVID-19 that began to arrive from China, and then from various parts of the world, so that our readers are up to date with what is happening. . Many have been even more active since the start of the pandemic. Our collaborators tell how they live the pandemic in Chile, Mexico or Italy, and how they have adapted their routines to confinement circumstances.
Samantha Santos expresses her feeling of seeing the usually busy Mexico City practically deserted:
I am Mexican and I live in Mexico City, which looks quite deserted and gives a strange feeling of loneliness because CDMX had never stopped.
I am in the process of adapting to this new reality. I try to lead a healthy and routine life, but in general, I miss everything. And at the same time I value and appreciate more.
We are facing the opportunity of a new way of seeing and living reality, in order to make profound changes. This pause makes us see that otherness is part of me and I am part of otherness.
From Chile, Maria Angélica Marin tells us:
The current pandemic, like everyone else, caught me by surprise with things going, trying to set priorities, with a recently broken femur. Fortunately, it has not bothered me more than is strictly necessary, having already passed its “most delicate period”.
I try to follow the news a little about the behavior of the pandemic on the continents, its peculiarities and the paths taken to deal with it. I am concerned with very underdeveloped countries without budgetary resources to face what it means to face the health situation caused by this disease.
Our collaborator Lara Pruna tells us about the long trip back home that she made in difficult conditions:
I was surprised by the virus in Tokyo, Japan. Just my visa ended right in the middle of the pandemic, and I had to go home to Seville, Spain. After many attempts to find and after several flight cancellations, I managed to get back with my family. During the two days of the trip I saw how security measures were intensifying: the desert in which airports had become, fewer and fewer open shops, the rejection of cash in Paris and the somewhat intimidating interrogations of the Madrid Police. I was fortunate to find a single place in the Atocha station, Madrid, that sold food, because that day I did not return to my house until late at night.
Alan Emilio Suárez is Colombian and lives in Italy, and he tells us how the quarantine happens:
My experience with the quarantine was rather quiet. As in many other countries, the mistake was made of underestimating contagion and its effects.
Despite not having a formal job, I was able to continue working from home; I am a chemical engineer, and I work as a private professor of scientific subjects, as they are called here (mathematics, physics, chemistry …), luckily I have been able to continue working with many of my students. Sometimes I have I do translations into Spanish.
I took advantage of the time to enter two communities (Collapse Latin America, and Transition Colombia, for now virtual). I also started participating as a volunteer in a Colombian association to do virtual tutoring for two low-income boys who need help to continue connecting with their school to do their homework.
From the north of Spain. Lourdes Sada shares her experience:
Confinement caught me in a town (in the province of Huesca, in the north of Spain). Sometimes I go to the capital for the purchase, but I buy especially at the local store, wearing a mask and gloves. There we do chat until our turn of attention arrives. It is the good thing to know everyone.
I was fortunate enough to start a job that can be done from home right before confinement began, so I have changed my life little. Although when I have less work I try to translate something for Global Voices (GV).
Romina Navarro, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, had a difficult time on her vacation trip:
I am telecommuting, but the activity dropped quite a bit and leaves me a little more free time. I take advantage of that for different activities, such as more translations and articles for GV.
I also read more articles and watch some webinars of my interest, I watch series and movies, I participate in “live” of friends and acquaintances who are musicians, writers, etc., and of course, I enjoy more my cats (who suffer from me , haha).
Carlos Castillo, from Santiago de Chile, makes a comparison of the state of his city with a somewhat willing patient:
Santiago de Chile has been in quarantine since the start of the pandemic in the country. The daily chores take place preferably in the morning since in the afternoon the few open shops begin to close their curtains. To the social outbreak of October, this contingency was added.
Our idiosyncrasy is founded on an alarming degree of irresponsibility, which is reflected in a taste for evading sanitary restrictions and quarantines. There are those who do not want their children to return to classes, but they take them to carry out procedures of immense lines.
Santiago presents symptoms of a sick patient, but who refuses to rest. He tries to do his day to day in the best possible way despite the dilemma of contracting the virus or not having money to cope with the quarantine.
From Lima, Peru, Gabriela García Calderón, describes how she sees things from the Peruvian capital:
I have been working at home for four years, so the order #Stay at home It did not affect my routine. With regret I had to leave my daily yoga practice, which made me start my days from Monday to Friday at 6 a.m. I have limited my outings to what is strictly necessary, that is, buying food and medicine. It is hard for those who like me to walk to get from one place to another, sometimes up to four kilometers.
All that remains is to follow the recommendations, ignore the bad news, much less the falsehoods, just to panic.
Under a pandemic, Global Voices translators continue to translate the world's stories.