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Slightly different korona update

Central Ostrobothnia, Finland

all seasons in one day 1 °C

Overall situation in Finland

I am relying on Wikipedia on these dates below, somehow even with the newspapers full on information about Covid-19, I couldn’t find any other statistic about the thing but how many have gotten ill.

So, in to the point..

8.3. State Department started to react to the Wuhan situation by recommending people to avoid travelling to China, Iran and Italy and being extra cautious while travelling in South Korea.
Since then more strict regulations has put in to action. One of the first was to recommend people to self-imposed quarantine if you suspect you are ill or have been in contact with someone who is ill, or if you have been abroad.

12.3. Government recommended that all over 500 people events to be cancelled and schools to be closed.

16.3. Emergency Powers Act was put in to service and over 70-year olds were recommended to stay home. Also meetings over 10 people was discouraged.

Theaters, museums, swimming halls, movie theaters etc. were closed until 13.5.

The borders of Uusimaa was decided to keep closed between 28.3.-19.4. Most of the infections was discovered there.

The pubs, restaurants, cafeterias and night clubs are closed between 4.4.-31-5. Kitchens are allowed to kept open, so people can buy food to go or been delivered.

Today (21.4.) Government are going to decide are all the summers events going to be cancelled or not.

Beside the statistic..

In here, where I live, there is no queues outside shops but people are encouraged to keep minimum 1 meter distance to everyone else. Infront of cashiers are now plexiclass and instead of the cashier to giving you your receipt, they have installed machine next to payment terminals to minimize the contact between costumers and cashiers.
Hand disinfectant are at hand practically in entrances everywhere. So are guides how to wash your hands, keep cloves etc.
About mask the guides are contradictory, some say that “Yes, you should definitely wear them” and some say that “There is not much benefit to the common people”. So some wear them, some don’t.

One nice thing has occurred doe to this. People have started to place teddybears in front of windows to kids to spot them. Like “How many teddybears did you spot on todays walk”. Since I don’t have an teddybear I had to improvise a little.

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Tonis nieces idea of an Christmas present, every girl needs her own unicorn

So how have all this affected me..

So far here where we live we have one of the lowest infection rates on whole country.

In my everyday life this pandemic hasn’t affected much. I work as an process operator and make liquid oxygen to the hospitals, among other things, so it is pretty safe to say that my job is secure. Toni (my boyfriend) is an electrician who provides services to the industries so his job is quite secure too. So he keeps working 8AM-4PM during week and I keep my regularly irregular working hours (in a loop I have 2 mornings 6AM-2PM, 2 evenings 2PM-10PM, 2 nights 10PM-6AM and 4 free) and our everyday life is pretty much the same than before. We have some regulations in place in my work and my employer invest in our wellbeing. All who are able to are encouraged to work from home. That is not possible for me, so I still physically go to my shifts.

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Commute. Too early AM.

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Someone is already boating

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Commute

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Commute

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Commute

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Almost home

We rarely eat out so that haven’t changed either and we don’t live in the same city than our families so we don’t visit that often. Maybe once in a month or so. My social life is slightly more focused on phoning and texting than an average doe to my odd working hours so social distancing doesn’t affect too much.

I can see the effects mostly in others. My 5 siblings (I am oldest, by 12 years) are all still in school. My oldest sister is second year in high school, luckily she don’t have her matriculation exams until next semester. But they all, my sister and brothers are doing their classes now from home. One of my sisters assignment from gym class was to climb in to the tree. I wish I had that kind of homework from school!

My brother who plays football and other brother who plays floorball got no practices to go to.

Our friends with children had to be little bit creative in their day-care since everyone still has their own jobs to go to.

Oh, and the toilet paper hoarders! They have attacked here too! I can’t understand it, we have one of the most efficient paper industries in the world and people go and hoard toilet paper. You can’t but laugh.

Most conspicuous change has been to our plans for the summer holiday and summer in general. Our holiday is in next month. Whole Finland is in lockdown so to speak, so no travelling, abroad or other-wise. Our original plan was to do insulation renovation to our upstairs and then make some 2-7 day trip somewhere considering how much time we have left after renovations before we have to go back to work. Romania, Riga and Tampere were on the table.

Every year we go to Iskelmä Festivals in Himos (last weekend on June), but most probably they are cancelled this summer. This year we also talked about Rockfest in Tampere (first weekend on June).

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Something other green than just weeds!

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Bonfire from a day of

But in grand scheme, we are lucky to be well so not too much complaining from here! Hope you are all well and have a good summer!!

Posted by hennaonthetrek 06:31 Archived in Finland

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Thanks you, Henna! The same to you! Take care of yourself!

by Vic_IV

I like the idea of the teddy bears in the windows to catch children's attention. That's really nice. Are those lakes you pass on your commute? The water looks very nice. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

by irenevt

Yes, kind of. The lake was made in 60s to ensure fresh water supply for the industry. But in the "sunrise" picture you can almost see the gate to the sea, Gulf of Bothnia :)

by hennaonthetrek

Interesting to read how things are in Finland - thank you :) I love your 'teddy bear substitute And the sunrise on your commute is almost lovely enough to make up for having to go to work that early!

by ToonSarah

Hopefully kids like it too, and see it, we don't live exactly downtown :) The scenery is luckily great even in the "too early hours"! :)

by hennaonthetrek

Teddy bears is a good idea and I think they are doing it here too. But our house is so far back in the trees that you couldn't see anything in our windows from the street. And we live on a short dead end street, so no one is walking by unless they walk their dog.

At least for your holiday the days will be getting longer.

by greatgrandmaR

I love the teddy bear idea. I have a little garden gnome in living room window dropping is pants and exposing is butt to the virus outside. I guess the bears are a better idea. We were supposed to visit some of Marks family later this summer in Sweden. That of course has been postponed. We are doing well. I am not really hating the quarantine. I am just coping with it.

by littlesam1

The garden gnome sounds awesome!!
I suppose hating it would be just waste of energy is you can't do anything about it :)
Where was this mornings coffeemug from? :)

by hennaonthetrek

Hi Henna, great to get an insight into your life and see the lovely pictures of where you live. It must be great to live in a country where the government looks after the people! Take care x

by katieshevlin62

The gnome sounds fun Larry People are doing the bears here too, but one of mine is far too huge to fit on the windowsill (I've had him since I was two ) and the other so tiny he wouldn't be noticed!

Larry, if you fancy writing an entry for this shared blog let me know and I'll add you to the list. You could include some of the coffee mug shots

by ToonSarah

Thanks Katie, you too (take care)! :) in time like this is easy to appreciate the government!

by hennaonthetrek

Sarah, the tiny one might still get noticed, you never know :)

by hennaonthetrek

It wouldn't even show above the window frame, Henna

by ToonSarah

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