In the recent past, we complained about the time it took to go to, and come back, from work. Wasted time on the roads, fighting traffic is something we all share.
Now, with COVID-19 locking us all home, we shifted to complaining about spending too much time with family and kids, or even alone.
It’s easy to always find the negative side of things, especially with minute by minute death toll updates, but there are a ton of positives to take from this virus, nonetheless.
Bright outlooks ahead
To start with, we all know that several countries have initiated the search for a vaccine, also knowing that people are volunteering to be Guinea Pigs which will bypass animals and quicken the research.
It’s a good start but a new picture is forming.
“If we figure out remote working, do we still need all that fancy and expensive office space? Are all of those flights a must? Does everybody need to spend two hours a day traveling to and back to work?” Asks Forbes.
They are right, but there is more.
Why do we need so much concrete, tree cutting, and environmental destruction, if we don’t need so much office space and furniture to go along with it?
I also read somewhere that globally, there are a million job losses per day as a result of the Coronavirus, and 5 million losses are expected in the US in April alone
That sends shivers down my spine, but on the brighter side, think of all the previously inaccessible talent now on the loose looking for new opportunities. The challenge of finding skilled workers and white collar execs who never thought of leaving their workstations has just been made easier.
Glass have full situation.
Cheer up- Lockdowns aren’t so bad
Environmentally, nature is showing its resilience, with a comeback story of its own.
As the BBC reports, researchers in New York say “early results show that carbon monoxide, mainly from cars, has been reduced by almost 50% compared with last year in the typically traffic-heavy city.”
The dangerous smog cloud showing high levels of nitrous dioxide over China, visible from space, has but disappeared.
In Venice, waters previously heavily polluted as a result of overcrowding and massive tourism are now much clearer and fish in it are showing signs of life.
“In Italy, where drastic lockdown measures were put in place following a spike in COVID-19 cases, a video has surfaced of dolphins at the port of Cagliari, swans have been seen in the waters of Milan, and other wildlife returning to areas that were previously uninhabitable,” according to Interesting Engineering.
Also, people are coming together to help each other and governments are doing their bit as well.
Governments worldwide, including the U.S., are passing unprecedented laws to help citizens affected by the ongoing pandemic and struggling to cope, and a $2 trillion stimulus package is under negotiations.
Saudi Arabia’s government unveiled stimulus measures amounting to 120 Saudi billion riyals ($32 billion) on Friday to support an economy hit by the double blow of the coronavirus crisis and dramatically lower oil prices. The sum includes Riyadh’s 50 billion riyal ($13.3 billion) package announced last week to support small and medium-sized businesses. Friday’s announcement introduces a further 70 billion riyals to aid businesses, including the postponement of tax payments and exemptions of various government levies and fees.
In the UAE, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, on Thursday unveiled an economic stimulus package worth AED 1.5bn ($0.41bn) aimed at reducing the effects of the coronavirus.