Joel Morton, 61, is an American transplant to Berlin. He lives in the Bötzowviertel, teaches English and edits manuscripts. Having moved here for love, the former Bostonian hasn’t let social distancing stop him from connecting with his ice cream-loving neighbors, one number at a time.
Building a pillow fort in the basement with her daughter for a school assignment inspired Janel Rogers Schermerhorn to do something she’s always wanted to do: Podcast. “Mom’s Secret Fort” was the result – An often humorous exploration of her family life during the pandemic.
Developers worldwide are working on contact tracing apps that track the spread of the coronavirus through Bluetooth technology – that means, if you’ve come into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you’ll be notified. But how much do these apps actually help, and how much privacy do users have to give up?
Ersin Gül spends his days helping others who struggle in the isolation brought on by the pandemic. Since the #coronavirus crisis began, the Canadian immigrant has seen a huge uptick in people looking to help with the neighborhood group he belongs to in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
40-year-old Caroline Clifford teaches improv and stand-up comedy. Before the mandatory closure of clubs she was performing at least once a week.
But unlike many performers sidelined by the coronavirus crisis, the Neukölln resident is enjoying her hiatus.