We take a look at some of the big-picture, positive effects and lessons that have come from COVID-19.
Global challenges have no national borders. The pandemic has us all in the same boat at the same time – we are all in this together. Any denial we had of thinking that problems only happened on ‘the other side of the world’ has crumbled.
We are only as safe as our most vulnerable people or as strong as our weakest immune system. Humanity’s innate altruistic nature seems to be coming to the fore, as we take care of each other because we are all now feeling vulnerable.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
For some, especially older adults, the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and could lead to death.
As the Coronavirus pandemic sparks an outpouring of kindness, we are now acutely aware of how precious our elders are and many from the younger generations are going to great lengths to protect them.
Neighbours are looking out for each other, especially more isolated members of the community. Neighbourhood Facebook groups are popping up as people share messages of support and local information with those that live nearby.
In Sydney, Street Food Pantries were a growing trend as one of many ways that people were giving back during this time of crisis.
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre in Marrickville are helping many people to join the trend by building street pantries out of recycled materials.
The Simple Life
As we are forced to simplify our daily lives, we get the time to reflect on essential aspects of living a positive, flourishing, fulfilling life. Accomplishments that lead to happiness, do not need to be grand as many are learning at this time. People are going back to cooking meals from scratch, handwriting letters, reading books, gardening, growing our own food, etc. Physical isolation doesn’t mean we can’t have emotional connection as so many are now reaching out to each other on balconies, across backyard fences, online ‘hang-out’ apps, and social media. Many people are using this time to re-configure and nurture their relationships. Time working from home is also allowing for deeper engagement and focus on projects and work in general as people are no longer dealing with so many distractions and being pulled in a myriad of directions.
Covid-19 will be remembered by children in the future as the time when mum and dad stayed at home with them and they did things as a family. As corona virus has forced many individuals to reconsider their true purpose, busy parents who were always rushing through life find an opportunity to slow down and expand activities that reinforce their sense of purpose as parents.
We learned that even while maintaining physical distancing and isolation we could still foster a culture of connection. Anything you can do to help others meet their need for connection also helps you. There is satisfaction, even joy to be found in serving a cause and helping each other get through tough times.
To get through the COVID-19 pandemic, we need a connection culture to counteract the increasing negative effects of stress, lack of physical contact, fear and loneliness. We will get through this together.
Kindly supported by Australian Organic Food Co