Natalia Valentina Hernandez Brito
Viña del Mar
Episode 7 – Season 2
Natalia is a teacher of 20 male students at a private British school. She continues working during the pandemic through Zoom. In her honesty she finds teaching from home highly demanding with gathering material, checking learning guides, and doing classes. It has extended her work hours from ending at 4:30PM to now as late as 10:00PM. Natalia enjoys reading and cooking as coping mechanisms during quarantine. She also loves music and connects with her father, singing while he plays guitar through Zoom. This helps her keep a human connection with the ones she loves. What gives her hope during the virus is that people will stay at home as much as possible. Natalia especially enjoys cooking nutritious foods and proudly shares them on her Instagram account: @lapocimadelanatita.
The economy of Chile is suffering dramatically from the COVID-19 situation, especially as the country is a popular tourist area. There is no tourism right now in Chile, the restaurants and beaches are closed. Natalia states some tourists still try to come despite warnings, to the frustration of residents. Social outbursts are happening in Chile due to high prices of products such as facial masks and basic foods. There have already been social outbursts in Chile before the pandemic. People want to take to the streets and protest paying for education, inequality, public healthcare, and the treatment of elderly health, her country has been fighting for these issues since last October. She believes the government is not handling the crisis well and confusing people with what to do during quarantine. In Santiago, people must print passes to leave their homes, however due to poor Internet, people leave their homes without one. Her country is expecting to have to be quarantined until the end of May. Chile has about 5,000 people with the Corona virus, with about 300 more cases daily.