Opportunity for a better reboot

What happens next?

COVID-19 has demanded unprecedented responses from governments, organizations and individuals. We are making collective decisions to stay home and practice social distancing to protect those most vulnerable in our society. We are helping neighbors access essential goods through donations, sharing and grocery deliveries. We are thinking and acting as a community, and not as individuals on a revolutionary scale.

Whether you have lost a loved one, are recovering, care-giving, an overwhelmed parent or unsure of your next meal—COVD-19 is unmistakably tragic and our thoughts and condolences are with you.

Though many yearn for things to go “back to normal,” should they? Are there lessons from this crisis that can make our society more equitable, inclusive and ethical when we reboot?

We were inspired by Kwame McKenzie, CEO of Wellesley Institute, physician and professor at the University of Toronto, earlier this week. You can read his full article on the opportunity to be a stronger community by clicking the hyperlink here.

“As we ask people to change their lives to contain COVID-19, we should also consider whether those changes can also help us create stronger and healthier communities when we reboot after the pandemic. The growing problem of mental health is an example. Our societies are now so stressful that mental illness is the most common reason for absence from work and is a significant problem for students and seniors,” McKenzie wrote.

There is an opportunity to shift from the idea of “social distancing” toward “physical distancing and social cohesion,” says Dr. Chris Mackie, a public health specialist.

We are seeing our community connect in meaningful ways, that if nurtured and continued would help build better relationships and lead to individual and social resilience, according to McKenzie.

What might our society look like if we continue acting as a community and not as individuals?