Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends!
One half of Monday Morning members are Americans and the other half are Canadians, with a few from other countries. Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving on Monday, October 19.
Coronavirus not withstanding, what benefits can we derive from COVID-19?
From a recent edition of the British Medical Journal:
“Skies are bluer, fewer cars are crashing, crime is falling, and some other infectious diseases are fading from hospital emergency departments.”
“The reduction in traffic accidents is unparalleled.”
“NASA satellites have documented significant reductions in air pollution—20-30% in many cases—in major cities around the world.”
“A pandemic is a terrible way to improve environmental health, but it may provide an unexpected vantage to help understand how environmental health can be altered. It may help bring into focus the effect of business as usual on health outcomes that we care about.”
“In some sense, it helps us imagine the future. Getting there could come through better regulation and technology.”
To that, we from Monday Morning add that nations which have at one time gone to war with each other are now cooperating to defeat a common enemy. This could lead to cooperation in other areas such as climate change.
Further, many companies could conclude that some of their work could be done from the homes of their teams, making millions of square feet of unused office space available for conversion into low-cost housing.
All of us in the developed world have a great deal to be thankful for – every day!
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