“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.”~ Greg Kincaid
It has been more than a year since the outbreak of COVID-19. The world’s scientists and pharmaceutical companies have been struggling to develop the COVID-19 vaccine. Fortunately, they have succeeded to some extent.
COVID-19 led to the dramatic and drastic loss of human life and challenged many public health officials unprecedentedly. This pandemic has not only adversely affected many business owners, but it has also led to massive unemployment. According to a report published by the Congressional Budget Office in May 2020, due to COVID-19, the unemployment rate increased from 3.5% in February to 14.7% in April 2020, and is predicted to be near 10% in 2021.
In the United States, many small businesses are responsible for half of the private sectors job growth. The economic impact has been more devastating for smaller and newer businesses with some shutting down before they even got started.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~Socrates
Along with the increase in fatalities, unemployment, and businesses facing bankruptcy, COVID-19 brought some things to light that we might not have considered before the pandemic. Such as a cleaner environment, spending more time with ourselves and our families, and most importantly, getting a true taste of sustainability.
According to many health experts, COVID-19 is a window into the upcoming threat climate change can bring. We must use this time constructively to rethink our priorities. There will be several things that we will need to adapt too even after the corona virus is long gone. The idea of remote working is here to stay and brings with it a lifestyle shift that saves time, money, and space as well as reducing toxic air emissions. Sustainable fashion and casual shopping trends are growing online making us think, do I really need this?
Ultimately, COVID-19 will show us if the government, science, business, and the public can work on a common goal, we can win any fight. People who are resilient have already adapted to major lifestyle changes. We all must support our government’s commitment to health and safety. They have realized that there is a common enemy and it can affect anyone at any time.
Adaptation is survival!
Michael T. Thomas