There will be thousands of economic casualties. The fantastic restaurant Redemption closed its doors in Shoreditch on Monday saying they could not ride out what might be 12 weeks of trickle trade. It’s ironic that this great vegan restaurant should be one of the first casualties of the virus originating in a meat market 8,000 miles away. It’s hard to see how many cafes, bars and restaurants will survive the drop in trade.
Next Summer when we are playing softball in the late evening shadows of Regents Park we will reminisce with the same fond nostalgia as previous generations remember the blitz. But hopefully we will learn too. We will tackle public health and poverty issues. The next virus could be easier to transmit and more deadly. I can't believe that we need to be taught how and when to wash our hands. Surely all of us who travel on the tube have been doing that always?
And we may also decide to tackle the climate change emergency with the same resolution. The two issues are interconnected as most things on our small planet seem to be. The destruction of natural habitats is giving rise to these kind of outbreaks as this informative article discusses https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar
We should acknowledge that the younger generation are sacrificing their freedom in their social lives to protect the elderly and vulnerable in order to flatten the curve of necessary medical care. We need to repay this with concerted action on climate change to protect and enhance their future.
There will be good which comes out of this crisis. We might travel less as we will have tested and utilised virtual communication. We will have better social cohesion in our communities. We will come back fitter, stronger and better.