Milan post lockdown, in time of Coronavirus – May / June 2020
In 1969 the English neurologist and writer Oliver Wolf Sacks experimented the dose of a chemical substance called L-Dopa to a group of patients who survived the 1915–1926 epidemic of Encephalitis Lethargica in condition of permanent catatonia. The administration of L-Dopa produced an incredible awakening effect to the patients, waking them up after 50 years of a sort of sleeping state in completely different era.
This story represents, in a symbolic way, what is happening today. After the lockdown due to the Coronavirus the society awakened in a different era with the mandatory condition of learning to live in a new world.
Milan was the global epicentre of the pandemic for about two months.
As the lockdown was released people awakened to a different world where avoidances and precautions became basic rules.
People had to adapt to a new normal in which activities usually carried out indoor are reorganised open air for obvious reasons of distancing, as a sort of response to the #stayhome phase.
At the same time, many people have suffered such a heavy economic damage to make it very difficult, and sometimes even impossible, to be back to their jobs. The legal provisions of the so-called “Decreto Rilancio” would be inadequate to face the emergency, leading to different kind of street demonstrations.
Basically, these protests represent the opposite side of the adaptations.