My bike ride today was very long. Getting away from the house would help me think better. I thought, “Oh, yeah, life goes on,” when the sun came out and daffodils started to bloom along the riverside bike path. Dogwood trees were in bloom, too.
Even a little selfish, given what so many people are going through. But if you keep up with the basic rhythms of life that are still there, you can feel like you’re stronger.
How can we learn from this? Is there something we can do better next time? Is there a new way of being that could make us stronger? Is this a chance for us to change how we think and act? How can we do that? Are we able to do that?
Despite the pandemic forcing us to stay in our own places, it also shows how closely we are all linked. It shows how many ways our lives almost go unnoticed. And it shows us how fragile our existence is when we try to break away from those connections and distance from each other. It doesn’t matter what race you are or how much money you have. We’re all in a boat that’s leaking.
Viruses don’t care about borders. Despite extra checks and restrictions on where they can go, they get in. More than a little. As long as there isn’t a vaccine, no one can be safe. In other words, we have to put some of our suspicions or anger toward others aside and see how much we can stop or even stop the damage.
People hope smart analyses and projects will help us figure out how to do that. This is what they say. Check out who else has already solved a problem and see if they have any tips for you. That’s what we do at Reasons to Be Cheerful! One thing that has worked well in some places is that kids go to school, people work, cafes and restaurants are full; this isn’t a big problem in places like South Korea or Taiwan. In a lot of European countries, the government is making sure that people still have money even if they lose their jobs. These people’s worlds and economies are slowly getting back to normal, but it’s a new normal.
In this case, coronavirus is drawing blood from people.
What can we learn from them? For one thing, a lot of these countries didn’t think about it. When the virus started spreading, they started to test everyone they could as soon as they could. Many of them checked even people who didn’t show any signs. If someone was found to be infected, they were quarantined and the people they had recently been in contact with were also found and isolated. GPS and phone data were used to find and isolate them as well. People were still going about their lives, but they had to go through things like temperature checks before they could go into public places.
Lockdowns and town-wide quarantines were sometimes put in place in these places, but not for very long at a time. When the first coronavirus death happened in V, Italy, it was a big deal. Almost everyone in the town was tested, and 89 of the tests came back positive, the Guardian says. After a nine-day period of town-wide isolation, another set of tests were done. Six people were found to be positive at that time. Those people stayed isolated, while others went back to their lives. People went back to work and kids went back to school. Life is back. People can pay their bills.
Vo’s help worked, but there was a price. Freedoms were limited, as they have been in almost every place that has had the virus. Authorities have used surveillance cameras and contact-tracking teams to find the recent contacts of people who have been infected. It’s been shown that people in places like Taiwan, South Korea; Singapore; and V have been willing to share information with the government, make sacrifices for the greater good, and do what’s best for the whole group.
Some people might find the steps that were taken to stop the spread of the infection to be intrusive, but that’s not true. But what they led to is freedom. For the country to be safe, it needs people who can go back to their lives and work when they’re well and safe. If those places can do it, why can’t we? And how would we think about things?
No longer is anything “normal.”
There are a lot of different types of freedom. In my case, I can’t leave my house because I have a job. I’m not free, for sure. A person who has lost their job isn’t entirely out of the woods at the same time. Do we give up our own rights and freedoms so that we and everyone else can live better lives? Were we a bunch of crabs or a group?
Before, we have changed how we act. Ignaz Semmelweis was laughed at when he said that doctors should wash their hands before they work with patients in the mid-19th century. In the years after his death, other germ theorists, like Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister, proved that he was right. The procedure was then used. Doctors and everyone else made this change on their own, without being forced to do so. It became the norm for people to do.
What is going on now is a chance to learn how to change our behavior. Many of us have lost faith in the value of the collective good over the last few decades. But in an emergency, things can change very quickly, so it’s important to be ready. During the Great Depression, new rules were put in place to protect the public. It was agreed that these things were needed to keep society stable and get life back on track.
In times of crisis, people can work together and help each other. Change is possible. Climate change will get worse, and we’ll need to work together to deal with it, so As a group, we will have to be a little more socialist in order for capitalism to stay alive in any form. When we look at things in a new way, we can see that we really are all connected and act accordingly.
No, not at all. Are we going to get a chance to see how truly interdependent we all are at this point? A better world than the one we live in now? Changes in how we think about our neighbors could lay the groundwork for the collective action we’ll need to deal with other global crises. We might be too far down the road to test everyone who isn’t sick.