And now for some coronavirus good news! > There is an anxiety pandemic and with this coronavirus the concern is justified. But, as in most major disasters, tragedies and public health threats, there are reasons for optimism.
Not that it is easy to find them, even if you are a cup-half-full rather than it-could-be-worse type of person.
People are afraid and seek solace, which is why participation in virtual religious service via zoom are capturing the headlines. Most are folk who have never been in a place of worship before.
To help recapture some inner hope, Tonic has put on its rose-tinted glasses and come up with some positive news resulting from the corona virus lockdown. A tough challenge, but here goes …
What air pollution?
Carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in Britain have fallen by up to 60% on the same period last year. These levels are plummeting thanks to less carbon-guzzling cars and the slowdown in industrial activity.
In fact, by clearing the motorways, skies and even oceans (no cruise ships), the world’s air quality is improving. This is reducing our risk of having an asthma or a heart attack, plus giving our lungs a well overdue spring clean.
Opportunity to reconnect with nature
Within the confines of social distances we can all let the outdoors recharge us. As nature heals, so do we. We’ve been forced to pause, slow down, reflect and appreciate the little things our gardens and local walking paths have to offer. This includes the riot of pastel colours pouring from our blossom trees.
Even in our cities wildlife is fight back. This is helped by councils delaying cutting the grass on roadside verges. These are one of the last remaining habitats for urban wildflowers, which in a few weeks will reward us with a riot of colour. With it comes pollen which will also reward the bees.
Even if you live in a flat with no garden, you can still enjoy this wildlife holiday.
For example, with little background noise you can have some free morning birdsong therapy. A chance to hear the natural quiet of the real world and be immersed in the beauty of silence.
No surprise then that there are goats in Llandudno town centre, grazing cows on the Giant’s Causeway, peacocks strutting through Bangor and sheep on roundabouts in a deserted playground in Monmouthshire.
Love hate relationship with cars
And if you hate road traffic as a whole, then celebrate that car sales fell by 44% in March, with motorway traffic down 83%.
As a result wildlife is certainly celebrating, as roadkill will plummet. Annually in the UK this accounts for the death of around 100,000 hedgehogs, 30,000 deer, 50,000 badgers and 100,000 foxes, as well as barn owls and many other species of bird and insect.
Home working is proving so practical that the Automobile Association is advising the Government to switch infrastructure investment from building new roads, to widening internet bandwidth. (Who would have predicted that a pro-car organisation would lobby the Government for fewer roads!).
Maybe we will have to thank Covid-19 for the end of stressful commuting.
Self-isolation doesn’t have to be isolating
Without the world wide web our current isolation would be extremely lonely. But thanks to the advent of modern technology, we can practice social distancing while still preserving social and medical connections.
Thanks to Skype, WhatsApp and the alike, even people in isolation or quarantine can see family and doctors virtually. Help is only a click away.
Communities are coming together
Yes, people are talking to each! Families are having conversation and even eating together. It cannot get better than that, though there is a flip side to the coin …
If we are confined to our homes, inevitably in nine months there will be a baby boom. Welcome the age of coronials!
Which goes to prove that us Brits will always find the funny side, even in a crisis. Stay safe.