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A dose of optimism as the pandemic rages on

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A dose of optimism as the pandemic rages on Empty A dose of optimism as the pandemic rages on

Message  MurielB Mar 23 Fév - 22:41

https://portside.org/2020-10-15/dose-optimism-pandemic-rages
On March 16, back when White House news conferences were still deemed safe to attend, President Trump stood before reporters and announced that drastic nationwide restrictions — in schools, work places, our social lives — were needed to halt the coronavirus.

The guidelines, “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” were accompanied by a grim chart. Based on a prominent model by London’s Imperial College, the chart illustrated with a sinuous blue line how many Americans might die if nothing were done to protect the public’s health.

The line rose sharply as the estimated deaths went up, then drifted slowly down until finally, at the far right end of the graph, the number of new cases reached zero. Our national nightmare would end by October 2020 — that is, right about now. Along the way, if no action was taken, about 2.2 million Americans would die. Dr. Deborah Birx, one of Mr. Trump’s science advisers, referred to the graph as “the blue mountain of deaths.”

Clearly, the pandemic has not ended. So far some 215,000 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus, and reliable estimates suggest that the number could reach 400,000. Health experts agree that, with stronger leadership, the death toll would have been far lower.

Nonetheless, there is a collective accomplishment here worth acknowledging. In the Imperial College report, the authors underscored that their worst-case estimate would almost certainly not be realized, thanks to human nature: “It is highly likely that there would be significant spontaneous changes in population behavior even in the absence of government-mandated interventions.”

That prediction proved true, as millions of Americans agreed, however reluctantly, to accept the sacrifices involved in shutting down parts of the economy, keeping distance from one other and wearing masks.
Hi everyone I have read in this forum from PatrickB that after the pandemic there would be a paradigm shift. In this crisis where having, consumption and power no longer seem to satisfy this thirst for happiness, another awareness of happiness, another path is emerging. And if being happy was not to HAVE but to BE ?

- To be surrounded by caring people,
- Listening to the needs of others and contributing to them
- Being at home, with family, or in a small community
- Being in the preparation of meals to share them
- Being content with what you have
- Being in gratitude for what you receive every day: an extra day of life, a smile, a look at a flower, a bird, a work of art, etc...
- To be in the hope of an ideal, innovative ideas, different organisations, in short to listen to others with benevolence and mutual help.
- To be in the knowledge that together we will succeed.

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