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Firefighter Pavel: The second wave is different. On Tuesday, he was ordered to travel to Žilina and the surrounding area for a few days at the end of the week. They are there to assist with testing and sampling in the most affected regions. They don't have more information yet. People's behaviour has also changed. They disappeared from the streets and locked themselves in homes. The number of traffic accidents has decreased and there are fewer other exits common before the pandemic. The fires also decreased. People are more careful. However, firefighters have less work to do. They take samples at the request of the Ministry of the Interior, for example, in the detention of refugees who could have covid-19, test police patrols in contact with infected or firefighters after meeting positively tested during a traffic accident. Their working lives have changed radically. What help would they want from the state? "More information. And as a medic, I'm annoyed by something else. At the Ružinov Hospital, they admit patients to planned operations without a covid examination, i.e. they admit a person who may endanger the medical staff. It doesn't bother the hospital. And then we hear how sick people die and die”, he adds at the farewell.

Life in a time of pandemic

Stories of different people during a pandemic

Boris Németh

professional photographer, .týždeň
Boris Németh (1979) He studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He completed his post-graduate studies in 2011 and currently works there a as part-time teacher of photojournalism. He has worked at .týždeň magazine as a photojournalist since 2006, while exhibiting in Slovakia and abroad. He has worked with documentary and photojournalism in several authorial cycles and series. Awards and grants: 2017 – The Best of Photojournalism – Honorable mention Magazine Story Opener, Honorable mention Magazine Recurring Feature or Series, The Best of Photojournalism, Slovak press photo (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), Slovak press photo, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2015 - Open society foundation, Open society foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia, Journalism Award (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016), Open society foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2011 – Photographer of the year, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia, Czech press photo 2009, 2011, 2018, Czech press photo, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009 – Nomination World Press Photo – Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo Publications: Premeny Slovenska (2012), Premeny Slovenska - 1150. výročie príchodu sv. Cyrila a Metoda na územie Veľkej Moravy (2013), Na ceste (2013), Identity - Premeny Slovenska (2016), Homeland (2016), Europe (2018), Krajina (2018), Hey Slovaks! (2018), Jar, ktorá zmenila Slovensko (2018), Bratislava - Košice a späť (2020). Collections: Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia, Central European House of Photography Bratislava, Slovakia, Gallery of Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia, VÚB Foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia. borisnemeth.com