Living with COVID-19 around
01-04-2020 | Posted by Joaquín Martí
I am not being very informative if I tell you that, technically speaking, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). There may be not be many who can spell correctly all of this, but far fewer are those who have not heard about it.
I doubt if ever before has a person, product, event, etc. become a household name so rapidly and extensively as this one. In a ranking of the infamous, it clearly deserves place of honour. In three months, it has gone from total inexistence to worldwide notoriety, and what notoriety…
As if the challenges of the everyday life of a consultant were not enough, we now have to face all the new ones associated with the virus, with a national lockdown, cancelling courses and users’ conferences, working from home, holding remote meetings, attempting to provide our customers with the services they need, sometimes urgently, while they find themselves trying to survive in a similar situation to ours.
We humorously boast with our clients that tough assignments we solve on the spot, the impossible ones take us a bit longer. Unfortunately, this does not apply to the testing for the virus, or the curing from it, or achieving a vaccine for preventing it. Otherwise we would already have our hands on it.
And the havoc wreaked upon our professional activities pales in comparison with the problems suffered by the many thousands personally affected by the virus. In these trying times, we want to assure all of them that our thoughts are with each one of them and their families, wishing for a full and prompt recovery, hoping that it will all soon become a nightmare of the past. In the meantime, if there is anything we can do to alleviate that situation, please let us know and we will do our best.
We do not want to finish this post without expressing our appreciation to all those who are taking serious risks in order to keep us safer. We are already clapping every evening at 8pm, but we add here our grateful written applause. Allow me to borrow from Churchill: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”.