Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic

Part 2: COVID-19 and me living the biggest pandemia since 1918

Two weeks ago, EMBL Rome was shut down. Not long after, the whole city followed. This means I cannot leave my home in Monterotondo except for doing groceries or going to the doctor or a pharmacy. Since a couple of days, I cannot even go running. How do I feel about this?

In terms of adapting to ‘smart-working’ from home, I have always liked working in a quiet place. Furthermore, thanks to modern technology, we can continue to be in contact with our colleagues for virtual lab meetings, one-on-one meetings and journal clubs. As Cornelius Gross wrote in his latest post on this blog, for now the general atmosphere among EMBL Rome scientists seems vibrant and creative. It is possible that we will experience frustration or a lack of motivation at some point, but it does not seem to have happened yet.  Continue reading “Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic”

Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic

Part 1: COVID-19 and me as a scientist (and scientists in general)

Some days ago a friend and colleague told me that in situations like the COVID-19 emergency she would like to be more ‘directly useful’ as a scientist. Like the doctors who are saving lives every day. Or the virology labs that are trying to find a vaccine or an effective treatment as fast as possible.

Just a couple of weeks before, my dad posed me a very interesting question: why are scientists not speaking more loudly as a single ‘scientific community’, and therefore giving a more united view – one based on scientific data – that could fight the fake news and encourage fast and correct actions by people and politicians?  Continue reading “Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic”