Reasons to be cheerful amidst COVID-19
Posted on: 12th May 2020
As we enter deeper into unchartered waters, COVID-19 is certainly testing our ability to rise to new challenges and face adversity during these unusual and isolating times. Amongst all of this, it’s worth remembering that this will pass. In the meantime, we explore some of the positive outcomes which have arisen from the changes we’ve already made to delay the spread of the virus.
Support for the NHS
While most of us are being encouraged to stay at home, NHS workers are putting their lives on the line daily to tend to the sick during the Coronavirus pandemic. This is why, at 8 pm on Thursdays, millions now come out together in a show of support by clapping and cheering for NHS workers from their doorsteps, through their windows or on their balconies. This was encouraged and celebrated using the hashtag #ClapForNHS on social media.
Reduced air pollution
With the substantial reduction of flights and vehicles on the road, Stanford University environmental resource economist, Marshall Burke, did some calculations on the drop of air pollution in parts of China following the outbreak. While the numbers are constantly changing, he suggested that it’s very likely that the lives saved from this drop exceed COVID-19 related deaths in China. Similarly, satellites reveal huge drops in pollution in Italy and Venice’s famously polluted waters are now the cleanest they have been in years; you can now see fish and even jelly fish swimming beneath the surface!
Revealing the good in human nature
With younger generations offering up their services to support those more vulnerable to the virus, the pandemic is revealing the power of pulling together in the face of adversity. We’ve seen people pledge to pick up shopping and walk pets for those in isolation, teachers offering to support families with home schooling advice and many more making their services available wherever they’re needed. Some of our work colleagues within H&H have been accepted on the NHS Volunteer programme as a GoodSAM Responder taking phone calls from anyone who needs to chat and another is busy manufacturing face shields with their home 3D printer
Supporting local shops
SME businesses are seeing the effects of social distancing more than most, but instead of simply shutting up shop, many are adapting their services to home delivery. There is now a huge push amongst local communities to continue supporting local businesses and help them to survive the Coronavirus crisis. This includes buying gift cards, ordering meals for delivery and shopping local where possible. Where this isn’t possible, many shops will have will have access to a £10,000 grant from the government now, as well as interest-free loans from banks. Our sister company H&H Reeds has compiled a social-distancing signage support bundle, specifically created for organisations such as shops, offices, community buildings and places of worship, in anticipation of lockdown being relaxed in the coming weeks (including the clear, customer facing screens).
While the thought of being stuck in your house for weeks on end isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, there are certain members of your household who will welcome the extra company. If you search for #QuarantineCats on Twitter, you will be treated to thousands of sweet moments that owners shared with their cats when stuck at home. Just recently, a happy dachshund named Rolo hit the news after he sprained his tail due to ‘excessive wagging’ when his owners had to self-isolate – ah bless him!!
The light at the end of the tunnel
China has closed down its last Coronavirus hospital due to a dramatic fall in cases. Wuhan doctors celebrated by removing their masks one by one to mark the moment. As the hardest-hit country, they’re a clear demonstration that preventative measures do work and there is an end game to everything that we’re doing. Alongside this, daily developments are being made by scientists regarding effective treatment methods, with the overall goal of finding a cure in the next year.
Finding support where you need it
Of course, the serious side of the current pandemic prevails and we’re here to support you whenever you need it. While we are taking measures to change our way of working to align with daily government advice, we are still available when you need us. Our offices might be closed but our team are still a phone call away to provide advice on your insurance and point you in the right direction for further support. Just call us on our team on 01228 406290 or email us here with your enquiry.