#coronastories – Maria Neagu, writer living in Dubai “This period can teach us that it’s much more important to enjoy each moment with your family”

#coronastories – Maria Neagu, writer living in Dubai “This period can teach us that it’s much more important to enjoy each moment with your family”

Maria Neagu, a young Romanian writer currently living in Dubai, talks about the measures local authorities have taken there because of coronavirus pandemic, and also about how we change and what we should learn from everything that is happening right now.

Authorities from The Emirate of Dubai have also taken, like many other countries, measures of social isolation due to coronavirus pandemic. Schools have been closed, also cinemas, opera, theatres, shopping malls, coffee shops, local markets, pubs, beaches, public swimming pools and restaurants, for two weeks. Supermarkets and pharmacies remained opened, and in places of worship a mandatory distance must be kept. “A week ago, for all those coming from other countries, quarantine for 14 days was mandatory. Today, things are a little bit different, all flights to Dubai and from Dubai have been cancelled, and residents of other nationalities can not enter or leave the country”, Maria explains.

Authorities also recommended people to avoid crowded areas and meetings or any other actions involving a big number of participants. “If 12 days ago promenades were full of tourists and locals, now things are completely different, most of the people stay home and try to avoid public places”, Maria says. People didn’t panic about food, so you can find in markets everything you need.

“In future, all this isolation will change our life perspective”

A lot of things change these days, not for all, of course – depends on each, only, and of personal experience while passing through this. Maria says their daily life changed. “We are stricter with hygiene, and more cautious about direct contact with other persons, even if we demand for home delivery. And, in future, all this isolation will change our life perspective, understanding how vulnerable we are, that what we have today tomorrow might be lost”.

She says she has seen a good mobilization of local authorities, without expecting a certain number of infected people to be reached, but also a need of people around to show that they care about others.

“This period can teach us that it’s much more important to enjoy each moment with your family and give more attention to a healthy lifestyle. The accent will be laid off on quality, not on quantity”, Maria thinks.

Go to periodic medical checks!

What we should change in our society but also with ourselves after the pandemic goes away? “The old mentality of not going to periodic medical checks, and less active lifestyle have led to the vulnerability of the population. So, I think people can think and live healthier the moment medical system will be way more prepared, giving people trust, this way. And, in this context, an individual system of savings is also recommended for the future”, Maria thinks.

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