In this era, when all seemed possible, the day came when everything was paralyzed. The unimaginable occurred: the huge city turned off and we don’t know how long.
By Jose Norberto Silva* (Confidencial)
HAVANA TIMES – We live in an era when what was impossible for many years is now possible: food delivered to your home, home laundry services, marijuana delivered to your doorstep, online purchases delivered in a few hours, traditional taxis changed to personalized ride services like Uber and Lyft.
These things are now part of our daily lives. In this era where all seems possible, the day came when everything just paralyzed.
Los Angeles, this city that never sleeps, has a little over four million inhabitants and is normally visited by thousands of tourists. This now contrasts with the empty streets, few pedestrians and closed shops, after the State governor announced the closure of all non-essential businesses.
Thousands of job positions cancelled, supermarkets overrun by people wanting to buy up everything they can, because no one knows what’s going to happen. The propagation of the virus increases, as do its fatal victims.
To see powerful countries like China, Italy and Spain lashed by the Coronavirus fills us with fear. A virus has appeared that we don’t know much about. We know that it originated in China, it’s very contagious and can be fatal. We never imagined that it would arrive here. There’s no vaccine or specific cure yet, only prevention of contagion at all costs. For the moment, what we’re doing is to remain in quarantine in our homes without knowing how long.
The lockdown begins to cause despair
All the schools are closed until further notice. They’re even talking about cancelling the school year. As the father of two children, this is a difficult situation. On the one hand, we have a lot of time to spend with our families, but on the other, the lockdown begins to bring desperation. My 5-year-old hasn’t been to the park to play for nearly a month, nor to any other public recreational areas. He’s begun to ask what’s going on, but we haven’t found a way to explain to him that a virus has brought humanity to its knees.
Mentally, panic weakens you. The unimaginable happened, the big city switched off, and we don’t know for how long. What we do know is that our lives have changed forever.
I worry all the time about my family in Nicaragua. I feel helpless watching the inconsistent and incompetent leaders of my country when they minimize this pandemic, verging on the ridiculous, and exposing their citizens to the virus.
It’s no secret that Nicaragua has been hijacked by a group of delinquents and unscrupulous people blinded by power, who’ve ended the lives of hundreds of civilians. With this pandemic they’re demonstrating that the thing that matters least to them is life. But since we say in Nicaragua that only the people can save the people, I hope that even without the support of the government we can get out of this world emergency.
*A Nicaraguan currently living with his family in Los Angeles, California