But, while it may be hard to believe now, buried deep within this crisis there is good that will spring from it.
That might sound all a bit ‘hopepunk’ — you know, strength through adversity, phoenixes rising from ashes, and all that other clichéd, Pollyannaish stuff. Still, there’s a fundamental truth to it.
The Quicky’s Claire Murphy delivers the facts on COVID-19. Post continues after video.
It’s happening already as we respond to this emergency and adapt to our chaotic new lives.
If we look, this is how we might see 2020 changing us for the better.
We’ll better appreciate the importance of human connection.
As we self-isolate and retreat to our homes, many of us are getting a glimpse at what life is like for the one in 10 Australians who lack social support. It’s in craving cuddles with family, a morning tea break with a colleague, or drinks or dinner with friends.
Of course, we know this is temporary, and we’re finding our own little ways to bridge the gap that this virus has forced us to keep.
People are looking up from their phones and smiling at strangers in the streets, video-calling friends they would normally just text, organising virtual hangouts and parties, checking-in with people more often, and checking up on those that may need help.
In traffic recently, my dad and another motorist caught each other’s eye as they sanitised their hands. They laughed through the glass and wound down their windows for a quick chat about our strange new world.
We’ll have more empathy for people on social security.
It’s been estimated that the number of unemployed Australians will rise by more than 800,000 in the coming months, as large swathes of our workforce close down to help limit the spread of COVID-19.