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We are all vulnerable to this virus. This is a unique time for our communities all over the world as we work to combat this massive global threat. This blog aims to collect and share your stories and reflections that can help others to cope, thrive and build resilience…
Our communities are at different stages of response in different parts of the world. We can learn a lot from each other. Building on World Health Organization and other evidence-based guidance, this blog will gather and disseminate stories that inform, inspire and hopefully strengthen social connectiveness while we all practice physical distancing.
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“Infection,” “Panic,” “Peace.” ( Rudy Rucker, USA)
In March, 2020, spurred on by the onset of the Covid-19 plague, I started painting. Using my brightest colors ever. Working at a fever pitch, I painted a Pandemic triptych. The initial panel, Infection, shows a tumble of heedlessly festive micro-critters, spotted with itchy dots to suggest disease.
In Panic, I went wild, hitting a nice strong abstract-expressionist style. I created some delicious shades of orange by mixing cadmium red and the lesser-known diarylide yellow. In all three of the Pandemic panels, I started by setting blobs of paint from my palette onto a damp blank canvas, along with gobs of heavy gel medium. And then I freely smeared, going for gestural brush strokes, and not letting the colors mix together and get muddy. To bring order, I outlined choice passages of action painting, and filled the extra parts of the canvas with flat colors. I think Panic looks, overall, a bit like a face with holes in it. But some of the smaller areas look like faces as well. Those two pink patches at the bottom might be a hapless Covid-19 victim’s lungs. Or buttocks. Or shoulders. Or neck. Hard to be sure exactly what’s going on…just like the way it is.
For Peace, the third panel of Pandemic, I wanted a sense of recovery. As before, I smeared around some blobs of paint from my palette, and then I outlined them, and added fields of violet and orange. The central shape is perhaps a bit like a holy baby or, looked at more abstractly, like the famous mathematical form known as the Mandelbrot Set, a beautiful and infinitely complex fractal that lives in the heart of nonlinear chaos. Note by Rudy: I’ve been working on my pandemic triptych for a couple of weeks. It’s about done now. Left to right the panels are “Infection,” “Panic,” “Peace.” I like the ab-ex style with heavily visible brush strokes, also the colors. Those yummy shades of orange are mixes of Cadmium Red Medium and Diarylide Yellow. Working on this has given me a blessed bit of distance from reality…
More info www.rudyrucker.com/paintings
Rudy Rucker | firstname.lastname@example.org
Commuting in the time of Corona as noted in Lisa Koch’s Pandemic Medley (USA).
Wisdom from Pooh- as noted in Lisa Koch’s Pandemic Medley. (US)
Bobi Wine, Uganda
“It’s a global pandemic we can never take for granted,” Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, sings. “It’s a matter of life we can never take for granted.”
Israeli public health ad
Techniques for Not Touching Your Face, According to Works of Art
A space between (Website, UK) https://www.aspacebetween.co.uk/
“In light of Covid 19, we are at present unable to run our programme sessions in person. But we are determined to keep them running in spirit and more than ever passionately committed to keeping people connected. As a result, we have launched two initiatives:
covid-19 connect seeks to break beyond social confines in creating a globally connecting loop-back system of sketching and colouring in for one another, with our dedicated online gallery exhibiting finished collaborative works.
gratitude wall is a page dedicated to globally unifying drawings and notes of love and support for our healthcare staff worldwide – a lasting imprint of the echoing applause we continue to clap out to the frontlines.
Challenging times often serve as a reminder of what really matters, and though we may no longer be sharing hugs or shaking hands, we can always be reminded of our shared humanity.”
Thanks Ralph! MEMO to all billionaires: Who’s next!
Future will donate masks
Future Will Donate Masks To Healthcare Workers And Coronavirus Patients For His #MaskOn Campaign
The Art Of Working Remotely: How To Ensure Productivity ( Forbes)
Maintaining education in Jordan- https://darsak.gov.jo/
From the first to the second grade of secondary educational lessons through video clips organized and scheduled according to the Jordanian curriculum, provided by a distinguished group of male and female teachers to facilitate students to continue their learning, and follow their study materials.
Coronavirus: Zoom is in everyone’s living room – how safe is it?
THE U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL’S APPEAL FOR GLOBAL CEASE-FIRE
March 23, 2020
Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19.
The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly.
Meanwhile, armed conﬂict rages on around the world.
The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price. They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19.
Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed.
Health professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted. Refugees and others displaced by violent conﬂict are doubly vulnerable. The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war.
That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceaseﬁre in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conﬂict on lockdown and focus together on the true ﬁght of our lives. To warring parties, I say:
Pull back from hostilities.
Put aside mistrust and animosity.
Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes.
This is crucial…
To help create corridors for life-saving aid.
To open precious windows for diplomacy.
To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowly taking shape among rival parties in some parts to enable joint approaches to COVID-19. But we need much more.
End the sickness of war and ﬁght the disease that is ravaging our world.
It starts by stopping the ﬁghting everywhere. Now. That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.
150 Tunisians self-isolate in factory to make masks (Tunisia)
Connecting Communities calls for self assessment hand washing videos.
Film yourself and ask friends to critique. That way we will all get better. Here is an example from Italy.
Proper Hand Washing using paint Ron E. Lewis Library at Lamar State College Orange https://www.facebook.com/LSCOLibrary/videos/215062466238600/
Before going out and immediately after returning to home. Remove your shoes first then wash your hands. Disinfect objects you touched while outside. Mobile phone screens and keys.