As I am based in Italy, and worse in one of what is now considered a ‘red region’, I can’t help but keep thinking about this. So, if you are tired of news on this topic.. I apologise, but hope you will read through. I would like to twist the narrative and dig deeper into it with some considerations..
My first consideration regards communication. Communicating well is so important . People need to be informed in a clear and transparent way (without withholding information like the uk recently proposed!) , but without inducing panic . Of course, some communicators can gain from telling the coronavirus story in a compelling narrative.. but bad communication can end in two scenarios: useless panic or underestimation. We need to keep calm, yes, but realise what we are dealing with.
On this matter , here is some recommended scentific reading to delve deeper
For the techy out there : Here you can find the phylogeny tree and how they are tracking the spread
For those who want to understand the basics: here you can get some basic knowledge about COVID-19
For the scientists out there : springer has a dedicated page combining all of the current scientific knowledge
My second consideration regards technology. We need it - yet we are still social animals. We are interacting more and more via medias, yet the idea of being at home alone all day makes us feel suffocated. And is not just the bar-economy suffering from this, but also our mental health. Can we learn from it and make more of an effort when this madness end? Maybe then we will remember to put our phones in our pockets when we are talking to our friend in real life.
Thirdly. I think we can learn that it’s not because of technology that we are safe. We should reconsider our sense of safety. Not through boarders, which is obvious that won’t work - but through collaboration. Where is the Europe unity in all of this ?
Lastly. A word of ‘warning’ . I think we need to get used to this. Emergencies are becoming more and more frequent. It was just yesterday that we were hit by flooding and Australia was being suffocated by fires. This will also end (if we can manage to stick to the 1 m safety distance and stick to solitude for just a little longer), but something else will come. It’s time to come to term with it, and reconsider ‘life as we know it’. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger !
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