It seems we have arrived at a point in time where we understand what we need to do, and are beginning to be more confident in navigating the world around us during the current pandemic. It is all still a little surreal and bizarre, but I guess that is just the newness of seeing people in masks, the lines marked on the supermarket floor and the security guards at the supermarket entrance who tell you whether or not you can enter, depending upon the number of customers already in the store. The necessity of being aware of the requirements of social distancing when you are doing your grocery shop or attending an appointment, while still a little strange, are starting to become normal but not quite second nature. It’s all still a little like you’re in a sci-fi novel.
Every person on the planet is sharing this experience simultaneously. What will the future look like? Will things ever be the same as they were? I mean we will need to keep on living each day all the while aware that until there is a vaccine, certain measures will need to be maintained. What will those measures be? It seems to me that we are currently learning about this virus and how it behaves. Many scientists and others are using all of their collective knowledge and expertise to find answers, treatments and ultimately a vaccine. Eventually a vaccine will be found and determined safe and effective for use in human beings. Until then all we can do is keep calm and carry on, as the saying goes. Today the ice cream truck came merrily down our street and I have never seen so many of my neighbours out at the same time. It was kind of wonderful. All these people that are usually invisible to one another, because they are at work and elsewhere, were smiling at one another and lining up to buy ice creams. Everyone keeping their 1.5metre distance from one another, yet still together, bound by this imperceptible string of shared experience. One that none of us had probably ever imagined possible three or four months ago. The most I can hope for is that we all stay safe and continue to do what needs to be done to save lives. Who would have ever thought that staying home could save lives? Sending love to you, wherever you are. xo