bauman

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  1. This happened to us a couple of years back - during the home-schooling period of the first COVID lockdown. We couldn't hear ourselves screaming at each other over the noise (probably not a bad thing) and it went on in one form or another for about 6 months.   The final result really just added monetary value to the owner's investment. Many old fixtures that had previously worked well (common light switches, doors, gate handles etc.) were replaced with ones that were new, stylish and pretty quickly proved deficient.   One good thing was having to move the plants indoors. We now have a permanent garden box on the inside window ledge that our pet rats enjoy playing in!   Also: not sure if this applies in your case, but the scaffolding around our building allowed 4th floor access to curious opportunists during the night. Part of the pain was having to keep windows locked all the time!   Good luck getting through it all.
  2. Can anyone give advice from their direct experience of having been tested for COVID in Berlin? I looked, but the 258 page Coronavirus thread is simply too large to find this information easily. Our 8 year-old went back to school a week ago and we got a phone call from her teacher yesterday to inform us that one of her class-mates has tested positive for Coronavirus. Her class has been cancelled, naturally, and we will probably have have to go into isolation - and endure the miseries of even more home-teaching :-( I’m not sure if the whole school closes in this situation but I expect that things will proceed according to a predetermined strategy. Up to this point they’ve been pretty careful with dividing the classes, distancing and wearing masks. The teacher said that we’ll get more information on Monday but I don’t know exactly how much we’ll learn or how quickly things will happen. My concern is that our whole family get tested as soon as possible so that we can get information to others that we may have been in contact with during the last week. We also need to know whether we need to quarantine or not. I was hoping to hear from a Toytowner in Berlin who has undergone the process of testing, who could help us with the following questions: How quickly can one arrange a test in Berlin? How long do you have to wait to get results? Does the same test check for antibodies (indicating a previous infection) or do you have to take a different test for that (a blood test for instance)? I’m not so concerned about the actual experience of being tested - which I’ve heard is pretty uncomfortable - but more about arranging the process.   Any advice would be greatly appreciated.