On 2 May, the Government of Spain has given us back a small fraction of our pre-COVID19 freedom. We were let out of our homes for a few hours. It was the beginning of the desescalada. The beginning of something that we don’t know for sure what. But it’s something that feels precious because somehow it smacks of rebirth. In the middle of all the uncertainty, there was one thing unequivocal: a deep sense of gratitude. We wouldn’t be here now, out on our first true taste of sunshine and the soft breeze of spring, without the healthcare workers who have put their own lives on the line so we could live. Their heroism is breathtaking. We’ve lived by the rules so that we all could live even though some of us hadn’t been able to make it. And we grieve for them.
Barcelona was all set to host the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile show. And then – wham! – the killer coronavirus broke out from the confines of Wuhan, China and the major exhibitors pulled out over fears of contagion. After this, there was nothing left for the organizers to do but to ring down the curtain even before the sensational tech show began.