COVID-19 is having an extraordinary impact across every aspect of our daily lives. I have never seen supermarkets totally devoid of items, my partner was furloughed at the start of April, and my mother, in her 70s and a recent transplant patient, is extremely vulnerable.
This is my eighth week working from home. By now, I have a well-established weekday routine, there’s certainly no less work than pre-lockdown, and I definitely don’t find video calls weird (although, with teams scattered across the world, this was already a normal part of office life at Springer Nature). The nature of my job means I have been able to transition from office to home working with limited disruption, helped with a stack of books and newly purchased bluetooth keyboard. I am grateful for this as I know that for many people this is difficult or basically impossible.
We’d like to hear from you about your pandemic experience. How do you run a research group and teach remotely? Have you deployed resources and equipment elsewhere? Are you able to focus on other academic duties? How do you think COVID-19 will change the research landscape?
We encourage you to share your stories in our Coronavirus channel, including tips and advice, challenges and frustrations, progress and accomplishments.
We’d love to hear from you during this time, but the most important thing is keep healthy, stay connected and look after yourself, friends and family.
Posted at a time when the UK is approaching its second 3-week period of lockdown.
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