We are very fortunate that although this virus is extremely contagious it does not affect children as badly and, despite the number of deaths, has a low death-rate. It causes major respiratory problems that put 10-14% of victims in intensive care though. Not nice.
Rarely does something come along without having some positive outcomes. This pandemic has reduced pollution and global warming for a bit. That can’t be bad.
But more importantly it has been a warning that might make us look again at some of the things we are doing. Here are some lessons I think we should learn:
- We should stop taking animals out of the jungles and eating them as exotic meat. Leave them in the jungles where they belong.
- We should not slaughter animals in open markets – spreading blood and disease.
- We should be open and work together to pool our resources and knowledge.
- We should value our nurses and doctors and teachers and cleaners and carers and police and all other public servants more – and bankers and profiteers a lot less.
- We should create better caring societies.
- We should recognise that there is more to life than money.