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The coronavirus pandemic has taught us how to be stronger, tougher and more resilient in the face of new challenges. Few of us would have expected such a radical change in our lives at the start of the year, and yet, midway into 2020, we are facing a trial not seen in a hundred years.
From every experience, no matter how difficult, we can always extract lessons. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how fast humanity as a whole can act to protect the members of its population.
Lesson 1: Global challenges have no national borders
We are a global village and the challenges we face as a planet will need the collaboration of all nations. An epidemic is clearly the case, but also concerning threats such as climate change need our action, because no one is geographically immune to the consequences and the natural disasters foreseen as a result of it. We need to keep cooperating to make the world a safer place, not only for us, but also for next generations to come. Let’s work together by making every possible shift toward a greener, more sustainable world.
Lesson 2: Changes occur in full spectrum
We have seen that the most efficient way to halt the spread of the coronavirus is to set in place social distancing. This measure was taken by governments around the world, but without the cooperation of all individuals it would have been of little avail. Single actions are as important as those from the authorities and governments.
Lesson 3: Allow the experts to lead the way
During the coronavirus epidemic, there were many rumors and myths roaming around. It is easy to express your opinion on matters of life and death, but it’s only the experts (doctors, scientists, researchers) who can guide us when a deadly situation arises in the world. They work hard to base their opinions on facts and not just whims of the imagination. In the future, let’s listen to qualified members of society when it comes to deciding the best course of action.
Lesson 4: Prevention is better
It has been shown that it’s better to slow the spreading of a disease than to deal with an overload in the health sector. The same applies for climate change - we better act now to prevent rising temperatures and the decimation of the biosphere, rather than to deal with its daunting consequences!