It would be a untrue to say any of us had anticipated this virus having such huge effects on our every day lives when it was first identified in China, back in January 2020.
I actually find it quite incredible to think just how much has changed for us all since then.
Up until 2 weeks' ago, we were all living relatively 'normal' lives, and in the space of 14 days', we've moved to home-schooling, thousands of businesses forced to close their doors and social-distancing in every corner of our world.
Life as we've known it for so many years has altered.
I'm not normally one to watch the news - IMO it breeds negativity and mass scare-mongering. However, in times' like these it would be irresponsible to ignore the facts and choose not to follow the ever-changing course of the virus that shook the world to its' core.
What I will say, however, is it's incredibly important to open our eyes to the positive news in regards to this virus, whilst limiting ourselves to the bare bones of the news stories we are inundated with on our screens.
Some positive reading for you:
- The mortality rate is incredibly low. "Estimates now suggest that 99% of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will recover." (Dr Shmerling, The Express)
- The world is a cleaner place. With less people using transport, aircrafts grounded, and less factories operational, pollution levels have dropped significantly. The canals in Venice are clear for the first time in years, nitrogen dioxide levels across eastern and central China are down 10 to 30 percent, and readings of air pollution in London have noticeably reduced.
- Communities have come together in a way like never before. No-one has escaped the effects of this virus, which means we're all in this together. The forced slowing of our frantic existence has allowed for the consideration of others. Communities have found innovative ways to help the elderly, the vulnerable and support local businesses.
We are fortunate enough to live in this modern world with endless entertainment available at our convenience. Science and research is at the top of its' game and technology has made it easier than ever to keep in contact with friends, family and loved ones by just the touch of a button.
Let's all be grateful for these luxuries and pray that in following scientific, Government advice we can 'turn the tide' of this virus and return to the everyday lives we once took for granted.
Nevertheless, this passage in time will go down in the history books.