At the start of 2020 there were inclings that this was to be a year of changes and new beginnings. The health of humans was encountering something unusual and then, things started happening swiftly all over the world, the pace of which sped up and simultaneously slowed down our daily lives dramatically as the months wore on. Toilet paper-a basic need, was one of the first public indicators that things were going to change in rather a dramatic and unusual way this year. A theme of gratitude globally began to emerge in a direct response to the work of frontline workers and healthcare workers. Clapping was something we could all do from a distance. A collective thanks began.
Covid -19 or the Coronavirus as it was first know was travelling at a fast pace around our globe and often faster than humanity was able to keep up with in many parts of the world. Airline travel screeched to a halt and economies began to temporarily shut down and life as we all knew it stopped moving quite so much. A new normal began with handwashing so frequently that our hands felt sore, with few outdoor outings, many layoffs and closures and an eerie magical quietness that descended in our towns and cities. This new time of new lockdowns and new closures welcomed a new era of bread baking. It sometimes seemed like all this time could be used for reflection and sometimes it looked like alot of online stress as alot of people who were not working on the frontlines had all this time on their hands and simply no place to go but home. Those with children out of school worked hard to maintain a sense of family normalcy and the people on the frontlines often became quite exhausted with the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to humanity.
Where will Covid-19 take us by the end of the year and what permanent, no-going back type of changes will emerge? The answers are unfolding before our daily lives. How will this new normal be created in a seamless way into our daily lives? Well, this new normal is a fluid thing and parameters are still being tried and established. Some things like distancing in schools, more empty spaces on airplanes and distancing on public transit and in office spaces may change in the long term or at least until a vaccine or cure are both found.
The impact of Covid in 2020 will have long lasting repercussions in many fields of life. This year, this 2020, is one of immense change, let’s hope that the rest of the year can provide some light and hope for humanity and do keep on looking out for and supporting all the health care workers and the frontline helpers this year, it is our helpers after all who are the true modern day heroes in 2020.