Grace Kendall blogs on the Positives of a Pandemic

Positives of a pandemic

 I’m sure everyone reading has recently been very overwhelmed by the news of COVID-19 being plastered over every news program as well as all social media platforms. About 95% of all information spread about the coronavirus seems to be negative and produces a cause for concern and panic, this is why every day I search for something positive that has happened due to global quarantine and here are a few of my favourites.

In a strange way, everyone staying apart from each other has bought us all closer as we are building senses of communities at many levels, from villages to countries we are all trying to get through the same issues and there has been so much support and friendliness that has united so many of us.

Firstly, death rates in China have decreased. Due to the closure of most of China’s factories in January, emissions were significantly reduced by 25% which led to a huge boost in air quality, in turn decreasing the number of deaths. Usually, there are 4,400 deaths per day in China due to air pollution and the coronavirus has killed 40,000 globally showing that there are fewer deaths in China as a result of them putting the country into lockdown. On top of the factories closing, the reduction in car usage and air travel has also led to this cleaner environment that has been produced.

This has also led to an outstanding benefit to the global environment. On a small scale, in Venice, Italy tourism has ground to a halt, leading to fewer airplanes, boats and waste which has encouraged nature to return to the lifeless canals. The water has gone from a murky tea colour to crystal clear which has now promoted life for swans and algae and most recently dolphins have been seen embracing this luscious new hangout location. This is by far my favourite thing that has come from lockdown and I hope in the future we respect this migration of wildlife as nature has just hit a reset button and we should try to preserve it this time.

 

In contrast to natural migration, a positive thing that helps defeat boredom for people stuck at home is the live streaming of zoos. Zoos across the planet have been virtually opening their doors to people at home, inviting us to observe the creatures in a subtler manner. While the zookeepers continue to tend to the animals day and night, people are not able to visit in person and the zoos are allowing us a free entry through our computer screens. This honest gesture has helped hundreds of thousands of kids and elderly stay positive through this difficult period of isolation.

There are so many more things companies and individuals are doing to try and help people at home stay occupied and ease their journey through this time. On a smaller scale, a couple who’s wedding has been cancelled very last minute decided to re-ice and donate their big wedding cake to the local hospital for the staff and patients to enjoy instead of having it themselves. Also, a Spanish grandma has preoccupied herself by making 50 masks a day for nurses as her son is a local doctor on the front line of treating this virus. It is gestures like these that have helped bring communities together and allowed so many of us to be closer than ever (while staying 2m apart).

After reading a few of the outcoming positives of these crazy times I hope I have encouraged you to look for the good things that this virus has brought to the world. However, after foraging for the good, it is also important to still allow yourself to be educated by the negative parts. Stay optimistic.

Grace Kendall

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