Quarantines, curfews, closed borders, chaos in hospitals, pandemic panic. The world is in a state of emergency. Corona crisis: The COVID-19, commonly known as the new coronavirus, also causes infections, deaths and partial paralysis of public life around the globe.
We are doing everything we can to get the virus under control as soon as possible. I have been avoiding personal contacts for a few days and only leave my apartment to take a breath and to shop for groceries.
The danger cannot be downplayed. Nevertheless, in this article, I would like to counter the uncertainty and the negative news with something positive. I believe that we – individually, socially, politically and institutionally – will learn from current events and will emerge stronger and wiser after the pandemic.
Positive aspects that we can gain from the corona crisis:
1. SHOW SOLIDARITY
Caring for the elderly, putting groceries in front of the door, supporting hospital staff, being patient, complying with government regulations. In times of crisis, we should especially practice solidarity, empathy, and willingness to help – we can keep these virtues after the corona crisis. This is how an intact society works – not with elbow mentality and self-optimization.
2. SPEND THESE DAYS SENSIBLY
Spending time with yourself, the children or your partner, working in the garden, doing handicrafts, learning different languages, talking on the phone with friends and family, doing all pending stuff, starting the new project that you always wanted for yourself. while eliminating the excuses like “I don’t have time” because it no longer applies.
3. DISCOVER THE WORLD OF MINIMALISM
Be satisfied with what you are and what you have; Focus on what’s important; plan less; reducing driving and flying – isolation and limitations teach us to simply live easier. After the coronavirus crisis, some people will no longer want to continue as before. People will discover a minimalist lifestyle for themself.
4. LESS POLLUTION
The decline in industrial and economic performance, everyday mobility and travel during the crisis has reduced pollution. In China, for example, CO2 emissions have dropped by a quarter since the end of January. Studies have shown that pollution is responsible for 9 million deaths (every 6th) worldwide.
5. TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH
“If you do not spend some time for your health every day, you will have to sacrifice a lot of time for the disease one day,” We should take this motto seriously while facing the challenge of the coronavirus. The best protection against diseases is a predominantly plant-based and wholesome diet, sufficient exercise and the avoidance of stress, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption. This strengthens the immune system, which in turn can ward off viruses and bacteria.
6. IMPROVEMENT IN THE NURSING STAFF
It has been known for years that there is a shortage of staff in health and nursing, low wages, but high responsibility and long working hours. Not much has changed. The need for nursing becomes more acute during the coronavirus crisis. Perhaps this is an opportunity to finally upgrade this important profession and improve working conditions. That would make training in health and nursing and studying nursing science more attractive.
7. PREPARING FOR UPCOMING VIRUSES
If we successfully combat the new coronavirus, we will be gain much more experience. This could prove useful in the future, The international community will cooperate better, the responsible authorities in the countries will have revised contingency plans, and we citizens will know from the start how we can protect ourselves.
Every dark night has a shining moon and this is our chance to deal with these darker experiences with positivity while focusing on the bright side of pandemic and take charge of your mental health, believing that we will come out of this crisis stronger than before.