Meet the housemates navigating co-living and social distancing

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Social distancing is widely regarded as a crucial disease control measure in the fight against the coronavirus, but for the residents in one of Sweden's biggest co-living spaces, isolation is proving difficult.

The fact that Sweden has the largest number of single households in the world may put the country in an advantage when it comes to social distancing. But for Jhonathan, Marica and Felix – three out of 55 housemates in the K9 co-living space in central Stockholm – these are challenging times.

I share my room with two other people so it's very difficult to self-isolate. If they get sick, I will eventually get sick, too. But this is the way I live. I mean I don't want to live alone. That sounds even sadder,"

Marica Leone, an Italian, 31-year-old phd candidate in epidemiology, has helped draw up new guidelines for the housemates but it's not easy knowing which advice to follow, she says. There's the WHO, the authorities in the residents' home countries, and the Swedish Public Health Agency, which stands out in not having imposed quarantine measures.

Felix Fricke, who is 27 years old and moved to Sweden from Germany six months ago to study for an MA in digital management, says the housemates are trying to find new, digital ways of communicating.

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