“We can ski, socialize normally, run, use the gym, all within reason.”

The 1,000 people who’ve been wintering over in the Antarctic—currently the only Covid-free continent—are about to get a new infusion of scientists and other staffers, while others will be leaving the continent to rejoin a world that’s very different than when they left it.

“In general, the freedoms afforded to us are more extensive than those in the U.K. at the height of lockdown,” field guide Rob Taylor told the Associated Press. “We can ski, socialize normally, run, use the gym, all within reason.”

Another common pastime: sewing, which has come in handy for those researchers preparing to leave and in need of masks to wear for their reentry to a socially distant world.

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Sarah Begley

Sarah Begley

Director at Medium working with authors and books. Formerly a staff writer and editor at Time.