By Carlos Domínguez
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused havoc in all orders of daily life and in the different professions or trades in the world. In the case of journalism it implies facing challenges, like the physical distance in the covers.
Newsrooms have been shaken by the pandemic: on the one hand, personal reduction, remote work assignments, salary reductions, of contracts; for the other, falling revenue and the requirement to provide information to the audience.
From instances such as the Association of Journalists of El Salvador, APES, Efforts have been made to provide sufficient protective equipment to communicators, in addition to those provided or should provide the media.
Given the role of journalists, offer a public service by permanently reporting what is happening, not only in pandemic. With this, their work is more risky than in everyday life.
Until the 6 of July, APES has recorded that 74 media workers have been affected by the virus. Most of them work on television, there are agency and institutional communicators.
The lethality of the virus is great, and we see it daily. For some, is relentless, especially when the victims are known. They stop being figures and acquire names, surname and a series of memories of what was shared, of the experiences with that person. That has happened in the union with the death of three communicators by COVID-19.
Rest in peace, Eduardo Navas, channel news producer 12; Ronald Cardoza, of Communications of the Monseñor Romero Center, of the UCA; and Franklin Américo Rivera, known as “Meco”, prominent photojournalist.
But there are signs of hope. It is demonstrated by the frank recovery of journalists like Oscar Orellana, television producer and university professor. With your authorization, I reproduce what you have published on your Facebook account: "Well now 18 days admitted to the HMQ trying to win the battle against COVID-19. The good news is that my breathing is improving very well and I only use a basic oxygen system.. To continue like this, I have faith that I will soon overcome this stage of the disease. Thank you dear family and friends for continuing to give me strength!!!”.
Valuable testimony that adds to that of other communicators who overcome the disease. I do not like that hackneyed phrase of "beat the disease", to refer to this. Nor do I see appropriate the use of the catchphrase "he lost the battle", when it comes to deaths.
I am left with the will to live and the courage to go out in front of colleagues like Oscar, when he writes: "When all this happens they invite me to eat something that you like, I enter everything, from mataniños breads up ".
Optimism amid the drama facing thousands of people affected by COVID-19, pandemic that does not make distinctions of economic and social condition.
Cheer up, colleagues, there are many stories to tell!