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15/04/2020 | EDITORIAL

OUR LIFE AFTER THE CORONAVIRUS

Posted by: Gisella Borioli
While many wonder: but how will our life change "after"? we did not realize that we have already slipped into the uncertainty of tomorrow, anticipating a sea change, years before this happened naturally with all the  predictable  consequences.
If we think that as soon as we enter phase 3 of the emergency, social distancing, face masks, glasses, gloves, disinfectant, lockdown, are words to forget maybe we are hopeless  optimists. At least until a treatment or vaccine has been found for this insidious virus.
What are now annoying tasks have all the aura to became unwelcome habits that should be learned to live with even now. Let's dematerialize, forgetting hugs and kisses, laughter and karaoke, dinners and trips with friends. But also the reassuring visits of the family doctor, the pampering of the hairdresser and the beautician. The fitting room of summer shopping, the weekly groceries lingering among shelves or banquets of the favorite market.  The playground games with children, now authorized not to let go of that damned little magic screen. We will continue to fend for ourserlves and click more and more, if we need a doctor’s appointment, a new bikini, a do-it-yourself hairstyle.
Holidays? A great unknown: if it goes well on the beach they will close us in distressing and hot plexiglas boxes, one for family and for umbrella and swims in the sea and walks on the beach well spaced. No trips abroad or away from home. The most important passport will be the health one, with strict QR. Concerts, cinemas, theaters, events: for singles only, and at safe distance, if they are authorized. For dinner with friends no more than four and with a table of at least 1x1 meters per  each side in order to guarantee the safety distance or with clear barrier in the middle, it is impossible to exchange toast and samples. A difficult moment for fashion,  moved to the background when the important thing is to hide the face and soften the tones. Meanwhile, there are already those who sell or buy designer  face masks.
It will not change much for school: online universities have existed for years, from today even elementary school is attended on the computer, and it is a pity for parents forced to go back to class, otherwise the children divert to their favorite video game. We will re-read forgotten books in the library and fresh newspapers on the iPad. We will see greenery in the distance unless we have a terrace, a small garden, a balcony or at least a windowsill on which to try as urban farmers by growing tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, or at least aromatic herbs that will reconcile us with nature.
We have already got used to work remotely, anticipating years of slow evolution. Of course it is not the same thing to stay at home, foreseeing smaller and more flexible offices tomorrow, the decline of open spaces and a more rarefied co-working to not close ranks and increase the danger.
Regular love and hole-in-the-corner love will have a completely different story. Maybe the first ones will refresh themselves with forced proximity or explode forever. The others will have a hard life with the reinforced control of the partner or the impossibility of meetings without "justified reason". Teenagers and sweethearts will have to postpone the first tenderness, boys the adventures with their tribes. Perhaps cybersex will boom, with no luck of the girls of the night, whose already difficult life will become more difficult.
Yesterday up to age 75 we were perky young elderly, with great consideration of the biological age and the youthful desires that supported consumption. We entered the real third age towards the eighties, and not even for everyone. Today rules tell us that at 65 you are out, and stay at home, for your safe, until they say so.
Unless a miracle this awaits us around the corner. We will be more connected, but more alone. More technological but less aesthetic. Poorer but, hopefully, more polite and supportive.
 



Sea baths and walks on the shore well spaced
Little armchairs on the rocks here and there to avoid contact (Dubai)

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