5 Positive Predictions Post-Corona...
I need to start this post by clarifying that I don't think anything about the Coronavirus pandemic is positive. Like everyone my thoughts are with those who have lost their lives, their loved ones and the amazing doctors & nurses who are bravely tending to those in need, risking their own health. Bless them all.
But as there are people in the World far greater than me dealing with all the negatives, I wanted to share a few thoughts on what I see as silver linings to the very dark cloud of the Covid-19 outbreak.
1) Environment. The grounding of flights was quickly following by increasing 'lockdown' restrictions across the world. In total the reduction in carbon footprint that would otherwise have happened will be into the billions of tonnes of CO2. As much as the human population did not need SARS-CoV-2, the planet did need the extra breathing space.
2) Plant Based Diets. I'm no vegan by a long shot but I have in recent years begun to reduce the amount of meat & diary in my diet to around half of what it previously was. Moving humans toward a more plant based way of eating was a movement gaining a LOT of momentum before the outbreak. And now to top up the already strong arguments, (health, sustainability, animal welfare, environmental impacts of animal agriculture) this Coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the wet markets of Wuhan (from bats via pangolins as best we're informed) has given yet another example of the flaws in eating animals. Sure, most of us don't eat wild animals from unsanitary markets full of live mammals however, SARS, Mad Cow Disease, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, Foot & Mouth Disease etc etc, all have their origins in our animal food supply chains. If this adds to more people eating less meat, the planet will benefit.
3) Small Businesses. Again, it's not a new message but another that has been hammered home by this situation. Small businesses generally have acted quickly and supported their staff, customers and communities better and more quickly than big business. There are exceptions to this rule of course but overall, I sincerely hope we see an upturn in the usage of small, local providers over larger groups in the future. For instance, if you're not at all perturbed by this to eat less meat, at least make the trip to the local butcher than just buy it all from the big supermarkets!
4) Hygiene & Cleanliness. Cleaning products nationwide sold out as soon as it was clear that the virus had reached our shores. 99.999% of the surfaces cleaned wouldn't have had any SARS-CoV-2 on them but they would have had all types of other crap on them so it's a good thing overall! With cleaning stuff flying off the shelves, I was just left asking why on Earth people were so dirty beforehand! Long may this continue, along with the new found fashion for handwashing! Men, in particular, needed a big kick up the arse in this area!
5) Closer Communities. For almost 4 years previously the country had been divided by the 'Brexit' argument. Nothing like a common enemy to bring people together. That argument has (temporarily at least) been shelved. Also, people have been out in droves across the UK helping vulnerable neighbours and volunteering for the NHS. Hopefully this increased community spirit is here to stay too.
Always look on the bright side and all that....