Never in our lifetime (or any lifetime) have any of us experienced a phenomenon quite like this. Globally we are in lockdown trying to prevent this pandemic from growing. We will beat it if we act in accordance with the instructions we are receiving from the medical experts but it’s going to be tough!
All of our shops (bar supermarkets, off licences and pharmacies) are closed. Offices and schools are largely empty with all but essential workers working from home. Buses and trains are still running but on a reduced timetable with often no passengers.
Many businesses have closed and may never open again (e.g. cafes, restaurants and bars). Our airlines are on their knees. They lose money during the winter months but make up for this in the summer. But who of us are thinking about booking a summer holiday right now with this uncertainty?
Millions of workers are having to work from home for the first time ever and those with children are also having to home school at the same time, adding enormously to their workload and stress levels.
We are now receiving more emails as colleagues compensate for not being in the same office and because it represents a form of social contact. And we have all turned massively towards video conferencing as a way of staying in touch with co-workers, friends and families.
We can no longer go out to celebrate our big occasions or to visit elderly relatives.
And worse of all for me, all of our news is just about one thing – the virus. It makes me want to avoid the news all together since it makes me depressed.
We are all recognising just how vital the NHS and other emergency services are and this will be very beneficial in the longer term.
I’m told CO2 emissions are down. I live under the flight path and haven’t seen or heard an airplane for quite some time now.
Despite what your political views may be, you cannot doubt the speed with which the government jumped in to give support to businesses, employees and the self-employed.
We have shown, already, that home working is viable in many instances and is not the end of the world.
We are showing tremendous community spirit in England once more. I live alone with my dog. I came home one day to see a note on my door from my new neighbours (whom I did not know) telling me to call them if I needed supplies or my dog being walked!
And, particularly of note for me, Britain’s innovative spirit has been shown in droves. Just look at how quickly Dyson’s came out with a new design for the much-needed ventilator! I also played a small part in all of this by helping an anaesthetist friend create a cheaper version of a pre-ventilator by putting him in touch with a client of mine (an oxygen company).