Mental health in times of Covid-19

Maria Perez. 22 years old. Spanish, living in Denmark for an academic exchange since February of 2020. Isolated in a 30-square meter room for two months. Classes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., even on weekends. No family around. No interaction with the locals. Insomnia. Loss of appetite. Three panic attacks in the last week. She needed an end and she found it. She left one of the most secure countries in Europe for the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her choice, considered crazy by many, turned out to be a bold, but calculated, decision to protect her mental health.

What is your drive in life?

The need to upskill ourselves will always be there. The job market is constantly changing; new skills are always going to be sought out for. Technology will always evolve, therefore, if you do not keep up, it will set you back.

Dancing at home

With no festivals this summer due to the Coronavirus, student house Huize Willem (Willem’s House) in Utrecht, the Netherlands, decided to throw their own festival, with the usual intake of some ecstasy pills.

Physically separated but connected during the Ramadan

Muslims worldwide are experiencing the Ramadan in a strange way this year. The month during which muslims fast during the day is the most important month for muslims worldwide. During the month muslims are more conscious of their religion, giving to charity spending a lot of time together, gathering for prayers, readings and dinners to break the fast in the evening. This year will be an unusual Ramadan for muslims having to be separate from each other because of the spread of COVID-19.

Are digital protests an effective way to fight for changes?

The relevance of digital activism has significantly increased due to the coronavirus outbreak that has locked billions of people at their homes. Having provided people with the ways to digitally materialize not widely represented issues in reality, Internet platforms have been extensively and rapidly gathering users with the aspiration to protest from all over the world over the past decades.

True: Chinese sources are spreading disinformation on the spread of COVID-19 across Europe

Europe is facing economic challenges due to the spread of COVID-19 across the continent. EU-politicians are warning for Chinese trying to take advantage of the current situation weakening the economy and status of the EU with the aim to gain economic assets and influence. In their publications MEPS and media-platforms are specifically mentioning China as a source of disinformation on the spread of Corona-virus in Europe.

Mostly false: French women are using code word “mask-19” at pharmacies to escape domestic violence during lockdown

Domestic violence cases have jumped by 30 % during lockdown in France. Being confined at home with abusive partners increases the risk to victims. A TV report on Channel One Russia, covering the situation in France, included the claim that using code word “mask-19” is a common practice among French women to let people know that they’re being abused at home.