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Now that Omicron has blown up case numbers again, how are the digital nomads doing right now? Feeling stranded?

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I would think they feel safer if they’re outside the country considering how badly it’s being handled in the States.

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Not sure where you heard that but they are still testing in Canada with PCR tests at test centers and not only if you go to the emergency room. It's just that the tests are currently limited to priority groups for example high risk people who were in contact with a positive case or people that work in healthcare.

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Everywhere in South America that I've been in the last 2 years has handled covid better than the US

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Yes, feeling stranded. I'm in a number of digital nomad work groups and social networks, and there is a malaise. Keep in mind, since some perspectives offered already seem to conclude nomads prefer being at home or merely working for themselves; digital nomads are the people who move around a lot. Stuck at home, digital nomads seemed to make the best and most of our early experiences with quarantine via zoom. They were already most familiar with sparking conversation and the faux socializing that people try to attempt, to make the best of being on camera. But over time, the loss of places and new people, wears on nomads. It helps to appreciate that people actually value many forms of compensation for their labor: ownership, money, comraderie, flexibility. Nomads are nomads because they need variety and because they tend to tire of a small circle of close friends; instead preferring many many more light friendships. Quarantine hasn't really uncovered an experience that serves that, besides Social Media (evident in the boom of adoption of things like Fishbowl, Quora, and yes, even Facebook). And while typing and chatting on camera is something, it's not new *place* nor different people every day. If I were to add my own perspective on it, I'm feeling anxious. I'm an introvert, truly, but I love new people and different experiences. So quarantine was, for a time, a welcome change, until constant social media and on camera (or even just on-the-phone) meetings started to wear on me. I ventured out again to coffee shops, but it just wasn't the same. The feeling of being stranded isn't actually being stuck at home nor behind screens; it's that the community space just isn't the same. The coffee shops where nomads would venture, are not sterile, spartan, and certainly not as social nor physically warm (hugs and handshakes). Of course, that's no fault of anyone's! Just an observation of the circumstance; and the cause of some people, mobile people, feeling stranded.

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Why would they feel stranded?

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*wouldn't be digital nomad (major autocorrect typo)

Current digital nomad here since the pandemic started. Not sure what you mean by feeling stranded - omicron has caused case numbers to jump up yes but everything else has remained constant from air travel to airbnbs to national parks/outdoors areas being open. Nothing has changed from right before omicron to today in regards to the practicality of being a digital nomad.

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I have been operating as somewhat of a ‘hybrid digital nomad’ for 3.5 years (meaning I work remotely and have a home base, but I tend to go to other places for 30-45 days to travel while working). COVID actually hasn’t been that bad from my perspective. I think one of the biggest challenges is learning how to live and work in a remote environment and with that comes a learning curve (I.e. how do I structure my day, when do I start and how do I stop, etc). It took me about 6-8 months to start figuring this out, and I imagine those were forcefully displaced due to COVID are struggling with boundaries.

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I was in Mexico City for 2 weeks and the way they handled it (restaurants, malls, bars, movie theaters checking your temperature and giving you hand sanitizer as you walk in) and literally everyone (except maybe 4 or 5 throughout the day) all wore masks and respectful of space. I mean it’s just a totally different and respectful way they’re doing it in CDMX. Felt way more safe compared to the US.

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Was there a couple months back and totally agree.

Not at all! Still able to move freely within the US

My friend is a digital nomad and he's having it up in Florida lol

I think where I am is pretty much been the same since Omicron started rising

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Yea we are the Nomads now the hermits of remote work everyone begs to have but, don't spend 12hrs looking and talking with a LED monitor.

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