A week had passed since he had entered the first case of coronavirus in the ICU, and what he had seen until then “was not so bad.” A few weeks later, the landscape had completely changed “Suddenly a lot of patients had been admitted to the ICU, all very alone, and there were a horrible number of people in the corridors,and there even came a time when there were corpses in the corridors, to one side, yes, but there they were. The orderlies couldn’t cope, the morgue couldn’t cope and I wondered, but what is happening here? ”
Much less dramatically, the lives of millions of workers changed overnight in those days. Teleworking forced its way into their lives. Most of them did not know what that was, how to do it. How to manage schedules or how to manage space, whether to put the computer in the dining room or adapt a corner as an office.
How to manage coexistence if there was a partner involved, and if there were children, even more difficult. But Jesús Oliván was used to it, since his company already operated with a hybrid model: a mix between face-to-face and telematics. “I worked two days remotely and three days I went to the office,” he says.
The day the state of alarm was announcedI was in a training course in a hotel on Gran Via. “Then, in one of the breaks, a colleague came and said that they were going to close everything down,” he recalls. At the director’s command, 120 people prepared to lock themselves up and work from home. Oliván settled in the dining room.
The prospect, total teleworking and a long coexistence with her 13-year-old son. He was trained, it wasn’t new to him. But it would be. Little by little I would discover the disadvantages of working all the time from home.
A covid patient is an isolated person: no one touches him, no one approaches him, he lives locked up in his room; if he is in the hospital, he cannot be visited by his relatives. All those who have fallen ill this year have experienced it.
If the patient, moreover, cannot see and cannot hear, the redundancy is bitter, as Alba Campmany , Apsocecat’s mediator in deafblindness, knows well. It was April 15, he recalls, when the relatives of a user who had just been taken to the hospital called the association.