My workdays during the pandemic

Submitted by Management Development Institute of Singapore of Tashkent
February 13, 2022

I have been working at the Singapore Institute of Management Development in the city of Tashkent for 10 years now.

When my country first encountered the problems of coronavirus infection, everyone was in a panic. Like the whole world, we did not understand what kind of virus it was and how to fight it.

But when we heard the first recommendations on television and realized that the World Health Organization had developed a plan to combat coronavirus infection, the doctor and I developed our plan in accordance with the recommendations of the WHO.

The plan was as follows: 1- disinfection (wet cleaning was carried out by our cleaners twice a day with a 0.5% chlorine solution); 2- quartzing (during the day I disinfected all cabinet and offices, with an interval of 15 minutes); 3- mask mode (we gave out masks to each employee) 4-temperature control (every day I stood at the entrance and measured everyone’s temperature, at elevated temperatures our employees received a doctor’s consultation and went home for treatment).

At first, there were no tests and we had to consult sick employees who did not know that they had contracted a coronavirus infection. Despite the mask regimen and precautionary measures, about 50% of the employees were ill, including me and the doctor.

In mid-June 2020, the first test systems arrived. And we relaxed a little, because we knew and could distinguish the coronavirus infection from other viruses. Many employees’ relatives died in covid hospitals, and we now had to provide them with psychological assistance.

One employee’s father and mother died. She was left alone with her son. As soon as she began to have vague phenomena, she came to us and panicked, cried, thought that she would die and her son would be left alone. 2020 has been a very difficult year both psychologically and in terms of uncertainty. What’s next? Everyone asked the same question. Are all people going to die???

At the beginning of 2021, it became a little easier with the advent of vaccines in Uzbekistan. And it became another difficult stage at work. Employees refused to be vaccinated. Our leader was the first to receive the vaccine, thereby setting an example for everyone.

And the only thing that pleased me and the doctor was that all the students were studying online for a year and a half and we didn’t have to work with them either.

Now that the whole world has calmed down a bit, there is no panic on TV and on the Internet, I can say that I did everything in my power in the fight against coronavirus infection in my workplace. Although preventive measures are still being taken, the mask mode and disinfecting do not stop. I can be sure we can handle it!