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This is an excerpt from the April 16 issue of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email on US politics for readers around the world.
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Around the world, the coronavirus pandemic has caused isolation, suspended travel and shown that there are few places to hide from a virus that preys on impatience.
But this extreme age has also given rise to unexpected moments of humanity, personal connections and understanding of the world, say the readers of "Meanwhile."
New normal in Germany
Marcia, who moved from Indiana (USA) to Bonn (Germany) in October, has seen a new viral wave take over her adopted country.
«I went from an environment of isolation (…) to a respite of almost two months in which I was able to dine in restaurants, have drinks at night in bar terraces overlooking the Rhine and enter all kinds of shops and services, needing only a squirt of hand sanitizer and a cloth mask, ”he wrote.
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Now Marcia is playing "an anxious game to try to beat the odds of contracting a mutated version of the virus before receiving the vaccine."
But the cherry blossoms and glorious sunsets in Bonn's old town are cause for optimism.
Hope is also flourishing.
I can feel it, ”he says.
The photographer's wife works in her home office during the coronavirus pandemic on March 1, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
New normal in Nigeria
A reader from Nigeria suggests that many of his compatriots still do not take the threat of COVID-19 seriously, and that people are more concerned about the recent terrorist activity than about the virus.
"The majority of the Nigerian population continues to believe that COVID-19 is a scam!"
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New normal in England
In England, Elise considers being fully vaccinated "somewhat reassuring," but is coming to terms with the idea that she will not be able to visit her oldest daughter this year in Canada, where the virus is on the rise.
"I miss cooking and eating with friends so much, probably more than anything else," says Elise, wondering if she'll dare to go to her newly reopened gym.
“The world has become much, much smaller and, perhaps as a result, both meaner and more generous.
It has been an interesting time, which we could all have done without, I think.
New normal in America
Virginia, North Carolina, relies on Ken Burns' books, radio, and in-depth documentaries to overcome the pandemic.
She also has a new British friend, with whom she talks by email and on the phone.
"His wit and good humor have been great for keeping me up and having someone to talk to, as my mixed family (half Democrat, half Republican) avoids politics," writes Virginia.
New normal in Kiribati
You have to travel far from the United States to escape the virus, and the splendid isolation of the island republic of Kiribati, in the Pacific Ocean, has paid off.
Reader Kuureta reports that the pandemic has caused shortages of goods and food such as building materials and packaged chicken, although the reactivation of international shipping lines is beginning to fill up the stanzas again.
Kuureta thinks of all the people whose lives were severely affected by the pandemic.
Sorry, there is no covid-19 in Kiribati.
We are very lucky and we thank God for that.
I pray for all the countries affected by the coronavirus.
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