Coronavirus: What it means for the IT
March 12, 2020
March 12, 2020
Coronavirus is spreading around the planet, and we at Redwerk are seriously concerned about the situation. We’re an IT company located in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and we decided to get to the bottom of the problem to identify ways to protect ourselves and our co-workers.
Against the backdrop of the coronavirus raging in Europe, Ukraine officially remains a "safe haven" - so far only one case of the disease has been confirmed, but in reality the situation may not be so successful, because due to the shortage of special test systems, we are selectively diagnosed for coronavirus and extreme cases.
To protect Ukrainian residents, Ukrainian International Airlines canceled all flights to Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, Israel, Spain, the UK, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland and Denmark, additionally limiting individual domestic flights within Ukraine.
On Thursday, March 12, a 3-week quarantine was announced in Ukraine by the government of Denis Shmygal because of the global pandemic of the coronavirus and the disease COVID-19 caused by it. The quarantine will last from 12th of March till the 3d of April.
What it specifically means:
Most of the border checkpoints will also be closed. Out of 219 there will be 49 left open.
In neither of our two locations in Ukraine: Kyiv and Zaporizhia, not a single case of coronavirus has been registered so far.
Public transport as well as restaurants and bars are allowed to work as usual. If you want to check out our favorite Kyiv bars, here are two lists we prepared:
All of them are very cool to have a drink and meet people, but please do so after the quarantine when the coronavirus situation and expectations are better.
As all we know, prevention is better than cure, so the Ministry of Health gives us clear recommendations to follow. The best thing to do in the current situation is to limit your social activities and interactions with other people, and get a good supply of soap and sanitizer. Don’t forget to drink water.
Out of the obvious measures:
Following the quarantine in our country, here are the measures we took in our offices:
We care about our colleagues and their family members, so we encourage them not to worry in vain, follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, decrease the exposition to public places and mass gatherings, and consume more fruits and vitamins. Positive attitude is our weapon in every situation.
While all social spheres of life are disrupted in a negative way, one of them is actually getting some positive shifts. You might wonder, what is it, except pages with memes. Online education it is. Boom!
Chinese educational institutions are attempting to go online on a massive scale. Following this movement, many Universities in Australia went online. On Tuesday, the board of Harvard University decided to transfer students to distance learning. We can’t say now if such epidemic situations can be a new spin for a robust system of distance education, being a so-called “black swan”.
While great shifts are happening, we, as common digital users, can try out new online tools and apps both for entertainment and self-education - online courses, fitness apps, games, audiobooks and streaming services. At the same time, enterprises are extensively starting to use Enterprise Collaboration Apps for their remote activities. Good examples are Alibaba's Ding Talk and WeChat Work, that got to the very top of the App Store just in a few days.
According to the recent discoveries, with the onset of the warm season the epidemic will decline: the coronavirus is surrounded by a lipid layer, which poorly protects it from heat, so the virus quickly collapses with increasing temperature.
It is hard to say though how the virus will behave in the future. The virus may have mutated. It can be assumed that in the summer in the Northern Hemisphere the virus will not go anywhere. And in the fall it will return with even greater force.
The scientists do not exclude that the decline of the coronavirus infection in China may be associated with unprecedented measures taken in the country. How less prepared countries would do is a big question.
To conclude the coronavirus topic, here are the funniest coronavirus memes our marketing has collected to cheer you up: