#TheLockdownChronicles Day 1

Today is the day. Since noon, France 🇫🇷 is locked at home 🏠

The #Coronavirus 🦠 outbreak has been shaking Europe for the last few weeks.

I hadn’t paid too much attention to it (“It’s just another virus”) but suddenly everything accelerated.
I live in @Bordeaux, where we had the first case of #COVID19 in France 🇫🇷. It has been contained, so I forgot about it.

I started really to get interested in that story when schools were closed on Friday 13th. I read a few articles, among which this one https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca
Then I realized this was serious and we were going pretty soon to a total lockdown. China 🇨🇳 & Italy 🇮🇹 has done that and now I understood why.

Shutdown of bars, restaurants and cinemas was announced Saturday 14th.
So yesterday, Monday 16, we went to my wife’s restaurant to pick up the vegetables that were ready to be used for this week...

And we weren’t surprised when @EmmanuelMacron announced total lockdown.

So this morning we went out together for the last time in a few weeks 😌
It feels weird. Like a movie, but we are not spectators this time.

We are fortunate to have a small terrace in front of our apartment so we’ll still be able to enjoy outdoors and the sun.

I’m thinking of all those in small appartment with no balcony, it’s gonna be tough.
However everyone bears the same constraints and it’s the right thing to do to give our healthcare system a chance to cope with the virus 🦠

We have seen what worked in China 🇨🇳, we’ve witnessed them in disbelief lockdown a city of 11m inhabitants. And they were right.
Too bad we didn’t learn from them and have been slow to understand what was at stake.

At least finally the country and Europe as a whole has taken it seriously.

So we are home for a few weeks. Human activity will be dramatically impacted.
Is this Mother Nature sending a signal?

To Earth 🌍, we humans are the virus 🦠...

Pollution has dropped considerably in China 🇨🇳 since the lockdown. At least that will be a positive thing here as well ☺️
We already noticed today: much less cars means much less noise and we hear the birds singing very loudly 🐦☺️
This afternoon I improvised myself as teacher to give our 7 year old daughter her lesson, while my wife was catching up on her accounting 🧾

Teaching isn’t easy 😏
Let’s see how we cope with this situation during the next few weeks.

So far I’m amazed at how quickly everybody seem to adapt. No choice anyway.

We have Internet, I can’t imagine how life was during the Spanish Flu in 1918. How did they communicate?... 😳
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 2

I just read this article... 🤔


“The fact that disruption of this magnitude could actually lead to some large (partial) benefits suggests that our normal way of doing things might need disrupting.”

Indeed... 😌
Best time ever to go charge my electric car at a public station 😂

No traffic, the stall was free, the #CCS connector is working, getting an incredible 40 kW 🤩

Meanwhile I’m gonna ride a bike along the Garonne river 🚲😊
I actually got arrested by the Police 👮🏻 while driving.

They were stopping every car passing by and we havd to show them the official paper explaining why we were outside 😊

I had checked “Going to do some exercise” ✅ box, so I had to explain I was about to ride a bike
Here is the form you have to fill and show in case a cop asks you to.

5 reasons to go out:

✅ to go to work if not possible to work from home
✅ to buy necessary goods
✅ for health reasons
✅ for mandatory family reasons
✅ to exercise or walk your dog
Very few people running or cycling, everyone keep their distances, at least 10 m 😊

Spring is here, cherry blossoms 🌸 show life goes on, undisturbed by human problems.

I actually love the city like this, very quiet, really peaceful 🤩 – at Aire De Jeux
Cops 👮🏻 are riding bikes 🚲 and going to ask the few persons who lie on the grass to move, as we aren’t supposed to stop leisurely, but keep exercising 🏃🏻🏃🏼‍♀️🚲

The water mirror in front of Place de la Bourse has been deprived of its water 💦 – at Miroir d'Eau
Some buses 🚌 and tramways 🚃 are driving, very empty, people veeeeeery far away from each other 😷

In a tramway 🚃 I counted 4 passengers plus the driver.

Capacity is 300 persons 😌 – at Place de la Bourse
Sooooooo quiet 🤫

I love it ❤️

Maybe the planet 🌍, the animals and the human species needed a break from our perpetual growth madness 😃

This should be a time of reflexion. 🤔

After that parenthesis, do we really want to go back to “Business as usual”? 🧐 – at Quais de Bordeaux
Back home 🏠

My daughter has built a small cabin 😍

She intends to sleep there tonight 😴
News from @Paris, never ever seen before: 0 km of traffic jams 😉
Yesterday night I started to watch Breaking Bad ☺️

That’s a show that I’ve wanted to watch for a long time and since that lasts a few tens of hours, I had postponed it to “when I have time”.

Now seems appropriate 😄
Our neighbors are playing “I want to break free” 😀👍🏻
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 3

Check out that great video by @Data_Gueule about why the #Coronavirus is pretty dangerous and why we have to drastically limit social interactions 🦠💀

#Coronavirus does not spread by itself: people pass it on


Faced with this emergency, it is a good idea to remind you of the only vital action, which has to be collective and which can be summed up in three words #LetsStayHome

The small cabin has been demolished and replaced by a bigger one 🤪
School is outside today 😊

We are fortunate to have a small terrace 🤓
Nice temperature, it’s good to be locked 🔒 with almost springtime ☀️ as opposed to winter 🥶 which must have been quite depressing in China 🇨🇳😏
A useful trick if you want to read alone without being disturbed by the kids 😉
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 4

Today is the beginning of spring 🌸🌺🌼☺️

It’s the strangest one in my life though 😕
I didn’t go out yesterday, so today I’m taking a bike to do some exercise 🚲

Before you ask, yes it’s allowed, provided you are alone, close to your house and without meeting anyone.

I won’t be closer than 10 m to anybody 😌
Even in the middle of August there would be more persons here than today ☺️ – at Allées de Tourny
I’ve never ever see the Place de la Comédie so empty 😉 – at Place de la Comédie
The impossible picture is now possible 😐 – at Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux
A few persons rue Sainte-Catherine. In normal times you can’t even see the ground as it’s overcrowded by people ☺️
Place Pey-Berland ⛪️ – at Place Pey-Berland
I wonder if Le Café Français had ever been closed since 1899 even during the wars? 🤔

Maybe during the Spanish Flu 😷 pandemics between 1918 & 1920?

One century ago 🧐 – at Le Café Français
Never have I seen French 🇫🇷 people so disciplined in a queue 😂

That virus 🦠 might teach us a few good habits 🤪👍🏻 – at La Petite Boulangerie Notre Dame
Ze French 🇫🇷 baguette 🥖, without it life would be empty ☺️ – at La Petite Boulangerie Notre Dame
Coloring under way 🧐
Work in progress ☺️
I just learnt that a friend of mine has been sick 🤒 for 2 days, with temperatures above 39 degrees. Seems ok now.

It looks like a flu, no way of knowing if it’s the #Coronavirus.

You can’t consult a doctor and you can go to the hospital only if it’s grave enough 🤨
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 5

A renowned research professor in France 🇫🇷 has reported successful results from a new treatment for Covid-19, with early tests suggesting it can stop the virus from being contagious in just six days 🦠😀👍🏻

Today I learnt how to correctly wash my hands 👐🏻

Don’t forget the thumbs 😉👍🏻
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 6

#Coronavirus explained and what you need to do 🦠🙌🏻✨😃👍🏻
Sign of the times 🍝🧻😉
This week we had a perfect weather with nice sun ☀️ and temperatures and most importantly NO mosquitoes 🦟

Unfortunately tonight mosquitoes are back 😱

🦟 🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 7

After a nice weekend, time to go back to school 🏫😉

But today I am the teacher 👨🏻‍🏫, which is definitely not easy...
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 8

How confiné are you ? 🤔

My score is +80 so I guess I’m lucky ☺️
For once the horoscope seem correct ♉️☺️👍🏻
Now there is an actual limit to where we can go around the house (that was not defined before).

So we can exercise within a 1 km radius 😌

I hadn’t lived the house since Friday, going for a walk now 🚶🏻‍♂️
The Statue of Liberty 🗽 to #StayAtHome or within 1 km radius 😏

I’m amazed at how, in just a few days, that became the new normal.

Radical mesures can be taken when there is an life threatening emergency 🚨

Why can’t we take some against #ClimateCrisis, a civilization threat?
Access forbidden 🚫 – at Port de la Lune
For the records 😌🚫
When we will finally be able to go out freely 😂
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 9

New form to fill when going out.

They finally clarified what we have the right to do. So we can walk within a 1 km radius from our home, for 1 hour maximum 🚶🏼‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️

At least it’s clear now 😌
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 10

We are going out all together for the first time since the beginning of the lockdown, as it’s now clear that we can do that based on the new form.

Short walk to go to the bakery 🥖 and the bank 🏦☺️
Never seen that place so empty, even on Sundays ☺️ – at Place du Marché des Chartrons
Lots of @CitizBordeaux cars are parked and available for rent...

That crisis will unfortunately blow a big hole in the finances of our #CarSharing cooperative company 😒
Travel plans during lockdown times 🏖😎👍🏻
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 12

The start of another weekend under lockdown.

At least I won’t have to be a teacher 👨🏻‍🏫 today, that’s definitely not my stuff 😒

Looks like the lockdown will last at least 4 weeks, more probably 6...

So no resuming “normal” life until at least May
Let’s not lose track of the long term threats while we are dealing with #COVID19 😌

Once we are done with it, let’s put the same energy and priority to fight #ClimateCrisis
6 ft under or around? 🤔
When your Italian 🇮🇹 lesson suddenly feels weird 🤔

“There is a lot of people tonight”

My Italian 🇮🇹 lessons are spot on 🦠😌
Bloody daylight saving time 🕘🤬
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 14

End of the second week of lockdown 🔒.

We got a few snowflakes ❄️ this morning ☺️. This is really a rare event now in @Bordeaux, happening only every few years.

Of course it didn’t last, it’s raining now 😒
#Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads 🦠💀😷

The countries affected, the number of deaths and the economic impact


Great work by @FinancialTimes 👍🏻
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 15

We enter the third week of lockdown 🔒

One thing that I’ll never take for granted anymore is freedom of movement 😌

I’ll appreciate even more every time I go out and every trip I make ☺️
Another 2 or probably 4 more weeks of lockdown 🔒...

We can do it 💪🏻☺️
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 16

Today is April 1st 🤪
Busy evening ☺️

Extra tickets 🎫 available if needed 😉
Here are @Erdayastronaut’s recommendations to go out to walk the dog 🐶🤪
Over 1,000,000 #Coronavirus cases among which more than 5% already died 🦠💀

Huge majority of cases not recovered yet... 🤒


This thing is no joke 😱
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 18

Apart from humans, life goes on 🐱☺️
Imagine if we put as much energy into solving air pollution and the #ClimateCrisis as we put fighting the #Coronavirus 🤔

https://twitter.com/samtalkstesla/status/1246085896115544066?s=21 https://twitter.com/samtalkstesla/status/1246085896115544066
#AgeOfStupid 🤦🏻‍♂️

Selfish persons accusing selfless persons... 🤬

https://twitter.com/astrazieri/status/1245802334044774401?s=21 https://twitter.com/astrazieri/status/1245802334044774401
Apocalypse Now 🤯
The level of stupidity of this @POTUS 🇺🇸 is hard to beat. He truly is a world champion 🤦🏻‍♂️


https://twitter.com/danielsgoldman/status/1246223819137847299?s=21 https://twitter.com/danielsgoldman/status/1246223819137847299
The way @realDonaldTrump handles the #Coronavirus reminds me a lot of the way the Katrina disaster was handled.

They use the crisis to push the neoliberal agenda further and enrich a small group of friendly private companies while letting people die 💀🤬

Nature is fighting back ☺️
#TheLockdownChronicles Day 21

After drunk spring breakers, “I’m fine because I’m covered in Jesus’s blood 🩸” people... 🤦🏻‍♂️

This is America 🇺🇸 ladies & gentlemen, the country that defines itself as the beacon of the civilized world 🤣

Meanwhile, @Tesla is smartly using a lot of Model 3 parts to design a ventilator to treat people infected by #Coronavirus 🦠

So all is not lost after all 🇺🇸😉👍🏻
Missing @BarackObama 😉
Nice thread about the differences between the current #Coronavirus and #SARS1

https://twitter.com/peterkolchinsky/status/1246975275021348865?s=21 https://twitter.com/peterkolchinsky/status/1246975275021348865
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