For some Mexicans studying or working at the Foreign it has always been a dream; However, not everything is rosy when you are thousands of kilometers from your loved ones, and above all, in the midst of a health crisis caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus.
And is that pandemic that has left more than 197 thousand infections and almost eight thousand deaths around the world, has caused very strict control measures, specially in Europe Y U.S, causing changes in the lifestyle of millions of inhabitants, among them compatriots who have seen damages since their daily activities, supplies and even in their studies, causing them a lot uncertainty.
Alexander, Marisol, Marcela, José Luis, Alejandra and Miguel share a Infobae Mexico how they live the global contingency.
Alexander Vindel He is 33 years old and since September 2019 he came to Glasgow, Scotland, to carry out a doctorate in Administration and Management Sciences.
While in United Kingdom have been registered almost two thousand cases of contagion and more than 50 deaths, the doctoral student points out that in the capital only basic preventive measures are being carried out, such as hand washing, surface cleaning and social distancing. Even public transport systems such as buses, trains and the metro continue to operate normally.
However, Vindel highlights that for a few weeks the authorities have asked the population arriving from cities with a major outbreak to be reviewed and put in self-quarantine. Likewise, all mass meeting points have been closed, except restaurants and cafes.
Just over 45 miles east of Glasgow, in the city of Edinburgh, lives Marisol Suarez, who for three years has worked in one of the most recognized restaurants in the city.
The 34-year-old Mexican mentions that although March 17 is a special date for the city due to the celebrations of Saint Patrick, today the main streets looked totally lonely.
On the other hand, Marisol ensures that the restaurant industry suffers from a shortage of products such as pasta, meat and milk.
Where the shortage is much more evident is in the city of Vancouver, Canada. There, Marcela Quezada says the main reason is fear and uncertainty:
Marcela is a nurse and has been living in Canada for more than a decade; during this time I’ve never seen so many changes in the Vancouverite lifestyle, especially with recent border closings, because until now the country has more than 470 cases of contagion and five deaths.
Another student who has suffered the harsh consequences of the expansion of the Covid-19 in U.S it is José Luis Gallegos, who for two years has lived in the city of Cambridge, where he studies Public Administration at Harvard University.
The 27-year-old teacher confesses that it’s strange to see the empty city streets, when a few weeks ago they were full of university students who are now in self-quarantine. In addition, the university informed its student community that it is better than no longer return to campus after vacation of spring.
Massachusetts is one of several entities that are declared a state of emergency when registering more than 200 cases of contagion.
In case of Alejandra Galias it is very peculiar. He left Mexico for Zurich, Switzerland, last February 10 with the aim of enjoying a month of vacation with a friend who lives in the country of the great alps for several years.
But the trip took a 180 degree turn when detected with fever minutes before boarding your return flight. Swiss containment measures they restricted him to leave the territory and remain in quarantine until his discomfort passed.
Although the 31-year-old says that in Switzerland so far there is no shortage or quarantineIn addition to the fact that the population obeys all the indications of the authorities, they do not know what would have happened to it if they had no acquaintance living there.
Meanwhile, in the city of Madrid things seem much more worrying. This is expressed Miguel Ferreira, graduated from the Management of International Cooperation career at the University of Santiago Compostela, who is 37 years old and more than three living in the Spanish capital.
Even Ferreira says that the free movement of people is quite restricted For the police:
Regarding the public transport, also reports that is limited for the exclusive use of people who go to work, as long as you check the surveillance for the reasons for the transfer. “It seems that it is an issue that will not be resolved, at least in the short term,” he concludes.
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