It is 08.00 am on Friday 9 April 2021, two hundred and twenty days from the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year.
This issue was meant to be a continuation of our simple stock take of life under the SARS-CoV2 cosh. Last week we wrote ‘Now to the bad news elements of our stock take. After more than a year of fighting, and still with no let up in sight, the optimist in us would phrase it as ‘when will we return to having normal lives again?’, while the pessimist in us would say ‘will we ever return to having normal lives again?’ We then posed three key feeder questions to help inform the answers. This week, after considerable angst and deliberation, we provide the first deeply disturbing answers from our first foray into this dangerous territory. The experience has opened up a whole new can of nasty worms.
The simple act of putting pen to paper to answer these questions resulted in the instant mutation (we seem to learning far too much from this damned virus!) of our simple stock take of where we had all arrived at in our respective Covid 19 driven journeys into a fast-spinning, out-of-control, mental ‘not-so-merry-go-round’. We have been forced to think the unthinkable – the undeniable pointers as to why co-existence with SARS-CoV2 is about to become the new norm. They are listed below, in plain English, so that the message we give ourselves, and to anyone else who cares to read our blog, is crystal clear, the first step towards making sure we stay Covid free, stay positive, prosper in the midst of this adversity and yes, continue, not just to cope, but to fully enjoy life in the new norm.
Our future awaits: “it is time to adjust how we think, what we do and how to live well in the new norm.”
By John Saunders
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
MediaWise and MediaFocusUK
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We are all vulnerable to this virus. This is a unique time for our communities all over the world as we work to combat this massive global threat. This blog aims to collect and share your stories and reflections that can help others to cope, thrive and build resilience…
Our communities are at different stages of response in different parts of the world. We can learn a lot from each other. Building on World Health Organization and other evidence-based guidance, this blog will gather and disseminate stories that inform, inspire and hopefully strengthen social connectiveness while we all practice physical distancing.
We invite you to contribute. At present we are looking for stories in the following areas:
May the force be with all of us.
Sabrina, Mike, Steve, Tuuli and Franklin for the Connecting Communities team
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