Weeks from now, months from now, this COVID thing will be over. Life will be able to resume to something sort of normal. I am sure things will change. Some of these changes I will regret. Some will be welcome changes. However, I am sure that someday, whether sooner or later, COVID will become a thing of the past.
I hope there are somethings that we will learn from this experience. Here are a few learnings that I have had so far:
1. We. are interconnected. It does not matter if I am living in Innisfail, Sydney, or Toronto, never again will I be able to forget that we are all one human family. When something happens anywhere in the globe, it can have an effect on my life.
2. I have always been a supporter of socialized medicine and good health care for all. This view has been affirmed over and over again during this outbreak. My health depends on the good health of others. I will become an even louder voice against government cutbacks to health care. We need more hospital beds, doctors, nurses, and diagnostic equipment. Governments advocating social service cuts are a threat to the well being of the world.
3. We should ignore the voices who are advocating the easy way. Many politicians argued against shut downs and social distancing policies. Some politicians are having open spats with medical officers who are painting grimmer scenarios than the politicians would like. We find ourselves in a crisis. No false news or waving of magic wands will get us out of a crisis. Rather we all have to work hard together.
4. We need to show greater appreciation for more occupations. So many people have jobs that we think are not that important. Yet it because of these unimportant jobs that society will get through this crisis. No job is unimportant. Every worker is valuable.
5. We need to connect more with one another. In my front pocket I have a device which allows me to connect to the world in so many different ways. We need to check in with others to ensure everyone feels loved and cared for.
6. People need to come before profits.
7. Trust the experts. Ignore those who boast about their wisdom.
These are the learnings from this virus that I hope we will not forget. Blessings