The media industry is expected to talk about the market in which they operate, and it is generally not part of our job (or perhaps even within our skillset) to deal with politics, health, etc. However – without wanting to bother with ethical, social or political reasons, which also ‘would fit’ – Connessioni and its workers also live in the world, and it would therefore be impossible not to see, reflect and comment on what is happening around us about the Coronavirus.
Since returning from the ISE, what initially seemed a ‘distant concern’ has turned into a concrete reality, as within a week Italy has become one of the territories with the most cases of contagion in the world. Since the last ‘Black Monday’ that brought us an apocalyptic scenario, with the Prime Minister live from the bunker of the Civil Protection, only today the media have begun to filter the externalisations of a stressed and confused policy, and the policy to externalise in a way more balanced.
The first effects of the spread not only of the Virus but above all of the panic, have been very concrete and visible to everyone: wanting to omit the blatant manifestations of the supermarkets taken by storm, and the exhaustion of the stocks of surgical masks, we are all experiencing delays and cancellations. Uncertainty is taking place in the planning of the activities of the immediate and medium term, with a general slowdown in projects (and revenues). Starting with the staff (the meeting with KNX Italia will be held only remotely, many post ISE appointments are postponed or will be made via videoconference …) getting to the market events (MIRTech, Light & Building, MCE, the Salone del Mobile, but also many other courses and small events) mostly postponed to a later date; going even higher, it is not difficult to imagine a spring season – and perhaps a summer one – compromised for all that is tourism and hospitality.
Without wanting to minimise the tragedy of those in quarantine, or of the deaths related to the Virus, we would also like to give you news of those who are trying to offer a different view of the situation, telling the unexpected behind the scenes. Many schools in Lombardy have been closed for a week or two to stem the contagion, but many teachers have not given up and are reorganising the classes on online platforms, trying to give a signal of confidence and the possibility of continuing a normal life, already thinking about returning to class. “We need to give a signal: the school is open even if only virtually. We must not be immersed in this leaden silence with a virus that hovers, but we can continue to learn.” Maestro Massimo Camocardi, from the 4th E of the Gobetti Institute in Trezzano sul Naviglio (province of Milan, a yellow zone for the Coronavirus emergency) is not stopping everything because of an invisible enemy: the lessons can continue. His experience and that of other teachers are told in the interesting article published by the AGI Journalism Agency.
Always trying to see things in a different way, we also disclose the press release of AdnKronos, to offer free access to specialised information dedicated to Coronavirus so as to contribute to the dissemination of verified information, and to counteract the fake news that these days have created alarmism.
With the hope that the emergency will quickly end, but above all to teach everyone to apply a different way of looking at things- not only in the time of the Virus.
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