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Paola De Simone, the teacher who died of coronavirus in full virtual class, died doing what she loved | The race

Some students tried to help her and asked her for her home address, but the woman only went so far as to say: “I can’t.”

The pandemic sent students to take classes at home.

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Paola De Simone She was a university professor in Argentina and a few weeks ago she fell ill with coronavirus. In the last hours, the Buenos Aires educational community was shocked to learn that De Simone lost his life after collapsing in a virtual classroom. The harsh images of the moment of her decompensation became viral and then were eliminated by the harshness of the scene and at the request of her family.

The teacher was 46 years old and had studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Salvador (USAL). In addition, De Simone had specialized in Human Resources.

His teaching career was spent at the Di Tella University and at the University of Buenos Aires. In addition, for 15 years she was teaching at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE).

“Her students will always remember her for her constant support, the vocation she transmitted in each of her classes and the love she instilled in those who, like us, embarked on the path of studying Political Science and International Relations,” they wrote on the blog. Whiskey Political Scientists, in an entry entitled “In memory of Paola de Simone (1973-2020)”.

Regarding her personal characteristics, her colleagues highlighted “the quality of person that Paola was, passed the academic field and extended to the optimistic reception of each meeting and the words of encouragement she always had for those who needed her. She taught humanity and understanding by example, always paying attention to her students, being generous and unique ”.

In a UADE student forum, one student described her as an “excellent teacher, but above all an excellent person, loved and admired by all her students”. She added: “Unforinate teacher, one of those who give you a hand in everything, who make you love what you study, who go out of their way for their students. We are going to miss you a lot.”

The death of Paola De Simone

De Simone broke down Thursday while teaching one of her classes. Minutes before fainting, the teacher came to tell her students that she had trouble breathing and some of them tried to help her and asked for her home address, but the woman only went so far as to say: “I can’t.”

The teacher herself had told on her social networks that she had been with coronavirus symptoms for four weeks, which did not disappear: “My husband is exhausted from working so much at this time (therapy and emergency doctor). It reaches more audiences and damages more, ”she wrote on Twitter.

“We regret to report with deep sorrow, the death of Paola Regina de Simone, professor at the Department of Government and International Relations, which occurred yesterday, September 2, 2020. Paola was a passionate and dedicated teacher, an excellent professional, and a great person, with more than 15 years of experience at UADE. We accompany her family in this difficult time, conveying our condolences on behalf of this academic community. We beg you to honor Paola’s memory with respect and gratitude ”, the university said in a statement.