With the recent events of the COVID-19 / Corona outbreak the world has come to a confused standstill. We are worried about our families, health, income and safety of our elderly. You also see a lot of people acting selfish in the middle of all this, which is a natural reaction to some. However, many are acting more collectively and being more supportive of each other than usual. This is vital for all of us to get past the situation with as little damage as possible. So don’t despair and do try to take others into consideration whenever possible. We are fighting this invisible enemy together.

If you are not part of the risk group it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions. We are all responsible for passing the virus to the person next to you and eventually to someone who will die from it. There’s also a lot of misinformation about the virus and how to protect yourself. Avoid touching your face in public and wear gloves by default. Covering your face is recommended especially in crowded areas, even if that know-it-all you follow on facebook says it doesn’t work. Here’s one article worth reading https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/19/opinion/guidance-against-wearing-masks-coronavirus-is-wrong-you-should-cover-your-face/

Be as it may, there is absolutely NO HARM in being too safe. Whatever anyone might think of your actions, it makes zero difference compared to risking the health of your loved ones and others. Wearing a mask or covering your face also sends a powerful message to others, that we are now dealing with something serious and our attitudes need adjusting. Some people have hard time feeling threatened by something they cannot see, but the mask makes the virus appear visual and REAL.

This would be a good opportunity for us all to learn some humility and shift our perspectives to things that really matter. The effects of this pandemic will echo far into the future but I believe this event will also have many positive effects in return. There’s no going back but that’s not where we are going anyway.

Love. light and all that hippie stuff. Stay safe & healthy!

– Markku