Session three: covid-19 and work

Please don't look ahead if you haven't done the session yet in the classroom, as that'll ruin the fun!

STEP 1

Although the pandemic has had a huge impact on many aspects of life, this Issue is looking at how it has impacted work. Watch this video about people who work on Roman Road, London. As you watch, look out for examples of the problems and opportunities people face.

  • In the film, who was faced with a problem?
  • Who was faced with an opportunity?
  • Who was faced with both?

CHALLENGE: What other opportunities / problems have workers have faced? Use your own experience or what you have seen in the news to support your answer.


STEP 2

  • CHANGE: The way people do their job has changed because of lockdown. Who has been affected the most by this?
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Thinking question: How have some people been affected more than others by this? Is change always a bad thing? Why / why not?

  • CHANGE: People are spending their money in different ways because they are shopping in different places and getting used to new routines. Who has been affected the most by this?
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Thinking question: How might people be spending their money differently from before? People have also been spending more on online shopping. How might this have affected workers?

  • CHANGE: Some workers and businesses are taking more risks because the pandemic is unpredictable. Who has been affected the most by this?
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Thinking question: Do risks always lead to problems? How might workers decide whether a risk is worth taking or not?

  • CHANGE: Some people have started to see key workers more positively as a result of the pandemic. Who has been affected the most by this?
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Thinking question: Do you think the changes about how people see key workers will create problems or opportunities for the future of work? Why?


STEP 3

Watch this clip until it says “Stop the clip here” (press pause).

Choose either Natasha, Callum or Ilhan. Think about their experience during the lockdown and step into their shoes.

Press play again and try to answer the interview questions from their perspective (press pause while you answer).

CHALLENGE: repeat the interview, this time from a perspective that was not on the film, for example an estate agent or a baker.

  • Which of the three big predictions might affect these people the most? The gig economy, remote working or automation?
  • What changes caused by the pandemic might become permanent for workers?
  • Why might some people think covid-19 s a turning point for work?

Over to you!

Head to the comments section below to share some of your thoughts on the activities and see what club members in other schools think.

Comments (66)

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg humble_studio | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    16 Nov 2020

    So obviously because of corona virus 🦠 most things had to shut down but my mums work did not shut down because it is a pharmacy so worked pretty much through all of the lockdown .
    Bye for now 🙂🙂

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    1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
      humble_studio's comment 17 Nov 2020

      Wow you mum has an interesting job but I think i know why she had to work though lock down because
      Pharmacist are key worker and they need to be ready at all time
      Imagine if there were no pharmacist allowed to work there would be no one to help you gte the medicine you need and you would just have to suffer
      Since our mom is a key worker I'm pretty sure that all parents that are key workers there child would have to go to school and I had to g to school top because my mum a key worker.
      So that maybe why your mom had to work through lock down!

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    16 Nov 2020

    Hi there Well in order for the step 2 I think i might know the answer but this is not what I think these are my family's opinions!!!

    MY dads opinion
    My dad thinks that a cafe owner has been affected the most during the global pandemic because restaurants can do takeaways and they will still get money from selling the food but in a cafe you have to sit there and eat your food but now because of the second lock down, cafes can not open which can lead to very serious situation were the owner can even go bankrupted but if your a restaurant owner our prime minister might only allow restaurant for takeaways which isn't fair in my opinion because they are getting money but cafe owners aren't. DO you agree with my dad???

    MY mum's opinion
    my mum's think that journalist has been more affected during the global pandemic then an shop owner of a cafe owner because journalist are people that get ideas from the crowed and tell it to the news but because of coronavirus and because of the second lock down it been more harder to do that. Another interesting thing she said was that journalist here other opinion but because the the restriction rule "2 meter distance" it been way harder for the journalist to hear other ideas. There are more likely do to like a zoom meeting our have to wear a safeguarding thing that will keep them safe from he virus. Do you agree with my mum???

    Personally I agree with me mum because the whole reason that we have the news is to hear about thing that are going on in the world and what people ideas are and what they think about a certain situation.
    Thank you for reading my comment
    decisive_redcurrant

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 17 Nov 2020

      I really like that you have asked the opinions of family members here, which shows an excellent use of the listening skill. Well done! I look forward to hearing what other people think about these ideas.

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg careful_science | Faringdon Community College
    17 Nov 2020

    This is my view, hope you consider.

    I am going to explain all the damage that the coronavirus has done to work.
    There are different types of damage that have happened to different types of jobs. In this article, I will explain everything that has happened. The first thing that has happened could arguably be the most important or problematic danger of all of them is the social distancing and wearing masks in shops and public places. This will effect shops in the fact that sometimes people refuse to wear masks and then they will not be allowed into the shop making the shop lose some profit and could make the food or items that the shops are selling could be under bought leading to waste. Social distancing would also mean that not as many people can go into shops meaning less people will be able to shop and the store will therefore lose money. The next thing that has made an effect to businesses is a lack of demand for some items that more people would want when the virus wasn't going around. This would effect shops in obvious ways which you should be able to work out by yourself. The next thing I am going to talk about is that fact that some shops have closed because of the new lockdown and as quite a lot of shops have closed, it will effect not only the business but also the public. I hope that in the future shop and restaurants/cafes will re-open so we can enjoy ourselves and indulge ourselves at the Christmas holiday.

    Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed.

    -careful_science.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      careful_science's comment 17 Nov 2020

      You have shown great problem-solving here by thinking this through and picking apart the reasons why it's problematic for shops. Can you think of other industries (other than shops) that will have been damaged and what the consequences have been for them?

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    2. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      careful_science's comment 17 Nov 2020

      You have shown great problem-solving here by thinking this through and picking apart the reasons why it's problematic for shops. Can you think of other industries (other than shops) that will have been damaged and what the consequences have been for them?

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    3. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      careful_science's comment 19 Nov 2020

      I agree with you because Corona virus has changed work but its not just work its like the whole world, work has been affected in man ways this is because of the risks and the kills then more people will die, so now people will be able to use the online services like Zoom and Microsoft teams. These are the the things that most people use. The jobs can still go on and the workers can still be payed. Things are getting more busy from all online shop, like amazon, smiths, Matalan, there are loads more. The people that work their are like them three people, the wake up early and go to the shops this is just like the tree people.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Nov 2020

    Corona virus has closed down all the shop exept the key worker shops like pharmacys, NHS and the GP. Only the key worker can go to work, if their children are left at home they were allowed to take they to school fo care. In my opinion I think all shop should be open exept the ones like smiths, WHS, and all the othe un important shop only the groceriy store.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg consistent_starfruit | Michael Faraday School
    18 Nov 2020

    This is a question to all the people there
    Do you think that the effect of lockdown on your mental health was far worse than it is on your finances?

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      consistent_starfruit's comment 18 Nov 2020

      How might these be linked, consistent_starfruit?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg consistent_starfruit | Michael Faraday School
        Katie @ the BNC's comment 18 Nov 2020

        These are linked because by having no money you would feel anxious and the more money you lose or don't have will be more troubling for you. This was seen during the pandemic where people were anxious about the virus but mostly about potentially losing their job.
        Hope I have answered your question

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    18 Nov 2020

    im gonna give some reasons if your work place shuts down

    .work at home thats a way your job can really close
    .dont go near people in your family will you go to work because your sharing the air that passes you from the outdoor to family

    When you loose a job you might feel terrible and down hearted for loosing the job but just because you lost your job doesnt me you cant get another job. You worked hard on that job you did but thats means you can work harder on you next job comming up. Some times you might things are hard but when you do next job IT MIGHT BE BETTER!!!!

    Even if you dont know something do need o see it but feel it. Feel that your will be good at your next job and you might get bonus money. Ever way its not all about the money is if you work hard and DESERVE the money. Some people work hard but dont get a lot of money. Like my mum , she workes hard but he doesnt get enough money she needs.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg consistent_starfruit | Michael Faraday School
    18 Nov 2020

    I would say that probably Callum's job would have been the most stable out of all of them because although he may not travel to the destinations where he would normally go to for his articles, he would would still be able to write news reports and articles and send them via email to the publishers. That is why I feel between all of them I would rather be in Callum's shoes instead of maybe Natasha or Ilhan because as business owners they are at risk of shutting down.
    Do you agree?

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg blissful_analysis | Upton Cross Primary School
    18 Nov 2020

    In my opinion I think that a cafe shop and restaurants should shut down this is because if we have to many people waiting in a queue they are still close to each other and in a cafe your holding a cup that someone has already held.In a resturant the resturant owners have to touch the salad but you don't know if they switched their gloves because if you use the same glove you touched everything and them making another salad which will spread germs on the salad and when you pay the dirtiest way to pay is through coins because coins goes around and you never know who has touched them or where it has been and it is the same concept with notes because you can't really wash them because if you do it will get drenched and that is why cafes and restaurants should shut down
    Thank you for listening😊

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      blissful_analysis's comment 19 Nov 2020

      Interesting reasons, blissful_analysis. But what about those who work in these places? How should they be supported?

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    2. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      blissful_analysis's comment 19 Nov 2020

      I agree with you because they actually do need to close because they don't really have to waste their time giving food and washing dishes when their is no-one to serve and give the food to.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    18 Nov 2020

    In order for the question "People are spending their money in different ways because they are shopping in different places and getting used to new routines. Who has been affected the most by this?" I think I might know the answer
    In my point of view, I think that a shop owner has been more affected by this because firstly
    • The lack of their shop closing down
    As I said I think a shop owner is most affected because now because our Prime Minster has now annncoced that there is a second lock down and now most shops has been very badly and have had to close down and this is very bad for shop owner as they could go bankrupted or even end up losing there job
    Hope you agree with me

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  • Cheam Common logo wondrous_orca | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    18 Nov 2020

    I asked my dad about working in the lockdown and what he thought about the future
    He said that the advantages are:
    -He got more time with me and my mum
    -He got more time to do the things he loved
    -He had more time to learn new things
    Some disadvantages ha talked about were:
    -Not being able to meet his colleagues
    -Interacting through a laptop is harder than interacting in person
    He said that he thought in the future, more people will work from home so there will be a higher demand of laptops and computers. With this demand, people will need to service their devices so technology companies (like Dell and hp) will have more demands for servicing. He said that they will hire robots instead of employees. You will call the company and a robot will pick up the phone and give you advice.
    For step 2, I think that Natasha was affected most by this because she had to close her cafe and stop working unlike Ilhan (who had a lot of customers) and Callum (who worked from home).I think Ilhan had very hard work because he worked alone for 7 days a week. I think Callum was also affected because journalists have to travel around the world to interview people and even if he did met someone online, he would have restrictions.
    Risks don't always lead to problems because sometimes taking risks is necessary or you will go bankrupt. If the plan doesn't work then at least you learn from your experience.
    I think there will be more opportunities because key workers will be respected. When people are respected they work harder and more enthusiastically so they will make a bigger effect.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      wondrous_orca's comment 19 Nov 2020

      Excellent research, wondrous_orca!

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg willing_snail | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    we all need to stop the corona virus because its now ore never you not want the virus then wash your hands no viruses! forever forever forever so help the NHS

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    The Cafe Owner Natasha had to close down her shop because of corona virus. She took a risk and it paid of.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg happy_fruit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    I think is hard for them because with lock down😥

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    I think that Ilham has the most risk because he has loads of people crowding him and his shop is getting busier I think this because his shop shop has got busier than it used to. The could risk him because he said that two off his family members had corona virus. This could lead to his having corona virus. I thing this because Natasha has not got many costumers but she did risk it one when she had an extension. I think that Callum has the least risk because he can work from home he dose not need to go to the BBC HQ he can type from home and send it to them.

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_frog | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      aware_rabbit's comment 19 Nov 2020

      I agree with you because Ilham has lots of people crowding near him and his brother and his dad has corona virus. He has to work and he might of been in contact with his dad or brother. Ilham might of caught some droplets from his
      dad and brother and can't work properly.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg lovely_duck | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    i think that is very interesting

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg smart_flute | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    plz help nhs if you help we get stonger

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg polite_jackfruit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    in my opinion I think restaurants should close down also cafes should close down too because people have to cue up out side or inside which would be spreading germs

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg smart_flute | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    natasha is a gud laddy put shes gettig cloes er to get covid 19

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg alert_peach | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    i think that natasha is more at risk because she is in a small cafe and theres not that much space to distance and she said in the vid that she would take the risk to give her staff corona or shut down and she might lose alot of money and then how will she pay for her bills and were will she live

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg busy_snow | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      alert_peach's comment 19 Nov 2020

      I agree because its important for everyone to get money and a job to live. People keep coming more to her café now more than before corona.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg happy_fruit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    is hard for llham because he is the onle one that is woking at the shop and his shop is getting bizze so is hard for him.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg polite_jackfruit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    I think Ilham has more risk because he now has more risk of catching covid-19 even more since his brother and dad his it also there is now more people entering in his shop so it can be bad for him because there might not be enough space to social distance but he would get more money to pay for food and so on.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg chatty_power | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    Covid-19 is quite worrying because people are losing their jobs so their family's wont get the things they need and deserve🍽🥤

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg careful_seal | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    There are ups and down about Covid-19 like climate change is getting better. The down bussiness aren't getting lot's of money like usual😊😊

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      careful_seal's comment 19 Nov 2020

      Do you have evidence for climate change "getting better" careful_seal?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg sensible_horse | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    I hope that you agree on my comment,

    working is a very hard commitment, especially if your working from home because now i know that some people see working from home as more an improvement that a punishment but when your working from home you'd think that you would have much more time with their family and friends if you do you are right in a way. if your a journalist like Callum then that means that you get to do you job through zoom or online but if your a café owner like Natasha or a shop owner like Ilhan then you will stop working and it could be permanent.

    i hope you enjoyed my comment sighed,
    sensible horse.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    The cafe owner, the shop owner and the journalist their jobs have been affected, Ilhan's brother and his father have covid19 he is taking a risk and is still opening his shop and people are lining up in the same place that is risking people of getting covid19.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg alert_peach | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    the shop owner is kinda at risk because he's going to have to send more staff in as more people will do online shopping and they will have to get more staff to load the shopping for the people to get the shopping aswell as keeping them self save and them so they have to keep there distance say if there mum or dad got it they might die or something or the shop might close down.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg hardworking_fern | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    peoples jobs have changed over lockdown but have they changed like these people. For an example Natasha had to shut her shop because she didn't want to put any one at risk at her shop to keep her staff and her customers safe. She probably is losing money and she cant work from home because she couldn't pass drinks through the screen off a zoom meeting.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg smart_flute | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    the shop owner uses the same clubs and its a little chop and we cause in tesco as lost of queue sow they tkink going to the little stors they tkink its better .

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg smart_cranberry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    The Cafe Owner Natasha had to lose a lot of money because of Covid 19 and there are a lot more places that are losing a lot of money as well. She took a huge risk to shut down some people might say oh not a big problem that they have shut down but it is a really big deal because they could like shut down but I don't just mean shut down for a couple of months I mean like for ever and then another shop might replace that shop. Mabey one off yor favorite shops might shut down and would you be very happy I wouldn't and the same if you owned a shop I would be very sad if I had to shut down 👍😁👌
    Thank you for reading

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg champion_aspect | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    Llhan is risking his life for us I wish we could reward him he deserves something for helping us through this hard time . just wanna say thank you to key workers! Stay home .Protect the NHS . Save lives.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg alert_flight | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    I think that Natasha is in more risk because she is working but when
    she has to go home that isn't fair cause because of lockdown she can't work because covid-19 and we all know we have to stay at home but like people Callum can work from home and IIhan can't work from home unless we have devices that we could pass things through. Callum can work from home because he dosen't have a shop or works at one but still people are suffering from coivd-19 but I know people should shut down even know they cant earn money but if shops are still open people who have shops open highers the risk of people catching it but if people are smart enough I'm not saying they there dum but if people shut the shops down it will lower the risk of people catching it
    thank you for listening 😊

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg witty_dog | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    My view is

    I think that Natasha had to take the most risks because she had to close down and it made her business a lot harder.
    After taking the risk she didn't give up and now she is back in business working at the cafe.
    Sometimes you cant give up even in the hardest times.I think that Ilham has the most risk of cronavirus because he has lots of customers lining up close to each other and if someone gets it they will past it on to the other person until it gets to him.I don't think that a robot will do a better job than him because if someone had a coffee and they spilt it on the robot it will may function and fall on the floor.

    thank you for reading my comment.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      witty_dog's comment 19 Nov 2020

      Lots of ideas and perspectives all in one comment here, witty_dog, well done!

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    And finally the journalist, his work has not been affected much because he can still do his work from home so he is not risking himself so he is safe.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg humble_studio | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Nov 2020

    so i think that all cafes should of have to shut down.
    so i think that because you are putting other people at risk

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      humble_studio's comment 19 Nov 2020

      Yeah if people continue to go out in shops they will be likely to get covid19(unless they where face masks and sanitise their hands.)

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  • Manor Park logo selfassured_journalist | Manor Park Primary Academy
    19 Nov 2020

    Step 1. I think Ilhan had an opportunity and a problem to make money because he was getting more and more orders, meaning more and more money to be made. However, he and his staff were exhausted and were putting themselves at risk.
    Natasha had an opportunity mainly because she took a risk and hoped things would be better.
    Step 2. Natasha has been most affected by change because she had to close down and take risks.
    Step 3. In Ilhan's shoes, I would be extremely tired and feel overworked. I would have just sat down for a quick break when another order appears. I wouldn't be sure if I was happy or not whether I was classified a key worker and could come to work every day.
    Reporter: So how have you been affected by lockdown and CO-VID
    Doctor/Nurse: Well, I've barely had a minute's break. I treat CO-VID patients now and my hands are mostly full. So many people are diagnosed with it now, I need to take precautions so I don't catch the virus.
    Reporter: How did you feel, having to be on your toes, always busy?
    Doctor/Nurse: Tired is the first word that comes to mind. Exhausted, even annoyed! I never had time for my family, I sometimes worked night shifts as well. It was pretty hard, not caving in or giving up.
    Reporter: Anything else? Like, do you have any advice?
    Doctor/Nurse: My only advice would be to regularly wash your hands and never give up.
    Reporter: Thank you for coming and speaking to us today.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg comfortable_chemistry | Michael Faraday School
    19 Nov 2020

    I have decided to put myself in the shoes of Ilhan:
    Personally, I think Ilhan received both an opportunity and a problem because as it said in the video most people from around his area were relying on him to supply food for them and their families when supermarkets had run out of their supplies. This would've increased the amount of money they were earning now compared to what they made before. On the other hand, the increasing number of people coming to the shop would've also increased the amount vulnerability of covid-19 to the shop's staff and costumers. This demonstrates how key workers like Ilhan have helped the community by potentially coming into contact with the virus, for the sake of helping other people.
    Also, Ilhan's family members who worked with him in his shop had contracted the virus, so he had to handle the work for countless hours without their help. This must've been incredibly stressful and time consuming for him and his staff- as the customers would've outnumbered the staff immensely. In my opinion, with the increasing number of costumers and deliveries I think Ilhan perhaps felt anxious of how this would affect not only his physical health, but his mental health too as the pressure from the community must've given him a sense of overwhelming responsibility to carry on.
    His story has inspired me to respect and view key workers with higher regard because they used to be overlooked, when in reality they are saving lives in these troubling times. Despite his loved one contracting the virus, he continued to strive and work hard for the shop and the customers. This demonstrates how key workers are essential and without them we would've had a harder time trying to recover from the damage Covid 19 has done to humanity.

    comfortable_chemistry

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    20 Nov 2020

    To the BNC, From aware_rabbit

    Hope you concern,

    I think that corona virus has change the word and all the works this is unfair because the people that work in the shops don't get payed any more, it is like a builder fore an example, the builder only gets payed for building things but he never gets money for just not building because it is raining. This is same with all kinds of jobs. So I think that people should let people got and work in their shops again, I think it is unfair that only the important shops can work like Tesco, Asda and all the others that are a missive size. The corner shops are not allowed to work anymore because they are not permitted by the prime minister Boris Jonson. This dose not sound fair at all.

    By aware rabbit.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      aware_rabbit's comment 20 Nov 2020

      Any shop that sells essential items is allowed to be open at the moment, aware_rabbit. This means that if a corner shop sells essential items such as food, they can stay open too.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg alert_peach | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    20 Nov 2020

    I have a question if corona gets worse would it cause all the shops to get closed down like for example pharmacies and a corner shop???

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      alert_peach's comment 23 Nov 2020

      The government have always said they will keep essential services open and this was the case even in the most strict lockdown in March and April, so it’s fair to think that would continue.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    24 Nov 2020

    To Tom@ the BNC

    from aware rabbit

    True because if Corona virus gets work and the people run out off food where would they get it from if all the shops were closed. But if the majority of them were open then people could buy food from the shops that are open.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    25 Nov 2020

    It's 50:50 between Natasha and Ilhan. Natasha was very brave she took a risk and she is back, she is a good cafe owner. She is taking safety measures very seriously. Ilhan on the other hand his brother and his father have corona virus and he is still working very hard and he is risking himself for his brother and dad so he is a good shop owner, but still at risk.
    So I know everybody is trying their best to stay safe and I know God is with us all the way.

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      crafty_panther's comment 25 Nov 2020

      To the BNC

      replying to crafty panthers coment,

      From aware rabbit

      yes, I agree with you because Natasha, who was a cafe owner actually did have half of the risk because she had some costumers and she was afraid that she was going to get the virus, so there was only to options they were to close down the cafe or bigger risk and get the extension. She took the big step and got the extension, this could help her give more space to the customers. It could make a very good social distance, which is the important part. This is 50% of 100. As we move on to Ilhan he has the other 50% of the risk so that now gives us that they both equally have the same amount of the risk. This is because Ilhan's father and brother had corona virus, this was very hard for him, he could of got it too. He was running a corner shop which now got very busy, when I say busy I mean very busy. I dont think he could manage it him self, because it looked very hard that he had to wait for all the customers to finish and pay for it he also had too buy the food from other places that used his own money. This is why I think it if a 50/50 with crafty panther.

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      1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
        aware_rabbit's comment 26 Nov 2020

        You've given great responses to other BNC members on this post which shows excellent listening! You've also done a really good job of developing your reasons and thinking critically. Well done, aware_rabbit!

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  • Pinner logo original_bee | Pinner High School
    25 Nov 2020

    Hello Burnet News Club,
    In my opinion, Callum had the most stable and safe job during lockdown. He got to do what he loves from home in a safe environment. He doesn't have a day to day job. What I mean by this is, his job doesn't rely on him to go into work in order to earn money. However, this isn't the case for Ilhan and Natasha's business. They both have jobs which need customers to come in and buy products so that they can earn money. Taking cue from this, I think that lockdown worked in Ilhan's favour since a lot more customers came in to his store instead of bigger supermarkets due to over-crowding. Thus, they relied on his shop to get their weekly groceries etc. This is why I think that shop workers should get more recognition, as during this pandemic their hard work has been highlighted greatly. They risked their lives in order to make sure that everyone who was in lockdown received everything they needed and that they weren't deprived of anything. Taking this into account, think about why people who work in offices every day, get paid a lot more than people who work in/own grocery stores even though we can't survive without essential stores such as Ilhan's shop. Contrary to Illhan's line of work, Natasha's business was extremely negatively affected by lockdown. She had to close down her business in order to stay safe, this meant both her workers and herself had little to no income coming in during the months of lockdown. She also mentioned that her request to start construction on her store got approved right before lockdown. Due to this, she had to make a very risky and difficult decision about whether she should go ahead with the construction and invest a lot of money (even though there is a possibility of her store getting closed down) or she could not get the extension done to her store. This way she would save a lot of money but also would be cutting down on business when she re opens due to social distancing. In conclusion, although I understand that one receives their salary based on intellect and education, we must also acknowledge that that the owners and employees of essential shops deserve greater attention from the government, especially during times such as these. This is why I think that jobs like Natasha and Ilham's should get more acknowledgement, because not only have they been largely impacted by Covid 19, but have also had an extremely pivotal role to play in order to make sure we all remain safe and stay healthy through this pandemic.
    I think that Covid 19 has affected people working in the gig economy the most because people that work off of different jobs everyday had no steady source of income through lockdown. To ensure this doesn't happen again, I think that people will aim to get some form of a degree in something regardless of if they want to work in the gig economy in the future. This way, if something like this were to happen again, they could get a job beforehand so that they have some sort of income through the lockdown.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      original_bee's comment 26 Nov 2020

      You have shown great listening skills here by carefully analysing the information shown in the video - well done! Your call for more recognition for these kind of workers is shared by many. What can be done to show appreciation? Do you have any ideas?

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