pandemic - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
In the pandemic the food giants donated their profits into a mobile food bank, one that went to the poorest districts and gave food to the needy.
In the pandemic, rather than have people all crowd into the supermarkets, we set up many local distribution points of "grab bags" of cupboard staples for different size families, including baking supplies and fresh produce.
In the pandemic we made special editions of our favourite TV shows and soap operas to role model healthy living during the social distancing measures. We did "street talk" with everyone a safe distance apart, daily exercise, learning guitar, learning drawing, expressing emotions in music and more. We could take turns doing improvised art in the street. Seeing it on television made guidelines and rules work that would have otherwise been impossible to communicate in an orderly way. As such, our television programming and movies became another public health service.
In the pandemic we launched new nation wide television shows for the arts, a kind of "Blue Peter" thing I guess you could say, but we enhanced it with a website where kids could be praised and given constructive advice by other artists. We had different versions for different ages and different artistic talents, including writers, and it gave a new structure to life at home.
Every day at noon, we could stand at our garden gate, many metres away from any neighbour, and have conversations, offer emotional support and share laughs where they could be had. It was this sort of chit chat that began to rebuild our communities.
In the pandemic many nations chose new temporary national anthems to rally a spirit of togetherness, we Brits went for "the frog song," or rather, "We All Stand Together," by Sir Paul McCartney.
During the pandemic, for the isolated, we began a cooking show. Learning how to make breads and pastas from scratch gave people structure to their day, a sense of achievement and great food to eat.
There came a time in the pandemic when the only way out was a comfortable universal basic income for all, to free the medics to work from the heart rather than for salary, and to free us all to volunteer and do what we knew was right for society.
Please recall in this pandemic, that money is a greater fiction than any other work of man, and is not a part of creation - that mankind is made less healthy by the money-nexus and healthy by a love-nexus. We are born to protect the natural world and each other from a deep and abiding sense of love.
There came a time in the pandemic for the large food producers, distributors and stores to remove their profit margins entirely and deliver food at a price the masses could still afford. Though some chose to keep their prices at a normal level and put their profits into the food bank, it was a much needed step to calm populations.
With the pandemic came the new baby boom generation, with so many at home for such a long time, and it more challenging to get birth control, it was kinda obvious what would happen.
As Aldous Huxley said, there is no social stability without individual stability, and so, in this brave new world, we began free take-out food options in low income areas. None can be stable without the ability to feed their family and themselves. If people have food and shelter, everything calms down.
Volunteering in the pandemic was my daily exercise, riding my bike, delivering prescriptions and much needed supplies to the vulnerable. Being out in that sunshine and doing good for community all at once, it doesn't get much better than that!
In the pandemic the self employed were hit hard economically, and so everyone who had posted self employed tax returns were sent emergency payments during the crisis. The stress caused by financial hardship on top of the pandemic would otherwise have been too much for those families and made self isolation all the more challenging.
Once the pandemic was over, the volunteering had only gotten started. Only a world where everyone could live a sanitary and dignified life would we be free of such disease.
When the pandemic was over for us, when we were mostly immune, the non-key workers from our nation went in droves to become key workers in other nations, to keep them as healthy as possible, to see them through the worst.
As we watched Cuban doctors land in Italy, to help in their time of need, we were reminded what strong alliances the world may create when we show love to one another.
In a pandemic the negative chaos can become more deadly than the virus; especially if the virus is killing those whom would have soon died in any case - as much as we love them and wish to protect them. Then the greater loss of life comes from those who die of preventable causes as the healthcare system is swamped, as food distribution and production is interrupted. Life can be lost from violence or deterioration of health in mental and physical terms. Seeing all the potential avenues for saving people is paramount. And so, in addition to ramping up healthcare provision and slowing the numbers of infected people to a manageable flow, a key way to save people is social order and the following of rules. So we follow the rules and we do this from a sense of love for one another.
In the pandemic we ordered all grains edible by humans kept for direct consumption by people and the excess animal herd slaughtered and frozen as reserve food. The newly fallow land was then put to the plough. This way we fended off the starvations that have historically followed disease.
Each day in this pandemic, though it is only early spring, we open many doors and windows each early morning to clean the air of the house and help our lungs. It's kinda similar to changing the water in a fish tank, you change a little bit at a time.
In the pandemic, though younger and fitter folks tended to fare better, there was a large proportion of suffers that required hospitalisation. And so it was a duty of us all, whilst keeping the nation running as best we could (whilst prioritising the health of children and the vulnerable) to also slow the spread of the virus by all and any means we could muster. At the same time we ramped up medical capacity to its maximum, with hotels as hospitals, with the army, with so many volunteers.
As the pandemic moves from the initial measures into the months ahead, it is vital that amongst the seriousness and sombre stoicism, we find ways to have fun and alleviate stress. Our stress response evolved for short term situations rather than the long term, and so the way we mitigate cortisol levels will help to increase the immune systems of all. Laughter is not only a medicine in the best moments of living, yet a tonic in the darkest hours.
When all the office workers went home, there was all this space in the city centre. And as the virus waned we turned some into a new thriving arts scene, a place to get out all of the hurt of those tough months we'd suffered. The music was incredible. Other places became new digs for the homeless with volunteer support, that next winter after the pandemic start was the first with every citizen in a warm bed and well fed. I guess we had learned the big lesson, that the health of one is the health of us all, that we really are all connected.
In the pandemic a national database of volunteers opened up, one in which you could enter your skills, availability and if you believed yourself yet immune to the virus. From there life began to become more orderly again.
When Lucy began to cough we opened all the windows and doors right up, we were camping indoors, allowing her lungs to fill with the cleaner outdoor air. There we were in our woollens with hot cocoa, all watching something funny on tv. It was so hard emotionally, yet so bonding at the same time. There's something about tough times that drags love out into the open and shows us we are so much more than we ever knew. Added to that, I can feel my own empathy rising, not only for people of past pandemics and wars, but for those who suffer daily.
From the Victorian era, to the Spanish flu, where poverty walks, disease stalks... and soon comes to the attention of us all.
When choosing to isolate or not, listen to your "mother's instinct" and let it roar rather than allowing the intellect to suppress it. If your child has a vulnerability, shield them.
Perhaps, going forwards, our schools should be increasingly staffed and populated by those who have had the coronavirus and can no longer be vectors for the disease.
In those pandemic days, when schools were run more as fun activity camps, we brought therapy dogs in too. They did so very much to help our kids.
Whatever policies we make in a pandemic, the holistic health of children and young families must be our first priority. After that, we go all out to protect the vulnerable, to shield and guard them as much as humanly possible. When we come at this with a profound sense of love for all, pathways through this dark forest are illuminated one step at a time.
To lower the stress on our youth we cancelled all testing in favour of teacher recommendations for their next courses of study, dealing with the emotional impact of a pandemic was quite enough for them.
In the pandemic we kept schools open, yet introduced an opt out scheme so that parents wanting to home educate could do so.
During the pandemic our schools switched to a far more fun education, with more games, more dancing and laughs. Testing kids, causing stress in such emotionally tough times, was something their mental health just didn't need. Our teachers became a vital part of their emotional support system, extra family when they needed it the most.
There came a time in the pandemic when needed to shield the old and vulnerable as completely as possible, when we needed to slow the spread among the adults who did not have children in their lives. And so working from home became the norm, and that went on for some months.
At the start of the pandemic it was late winter, and so we planned to turn more of our land to the plough rather than for raising livestock. We can feed more people that way.
In the pandemic the government asked the nation's gardeners to step up, to grow as much produce as possible and teach others how to do the same. We had television and radio shows that kept in time with the season, telling people what to plant and when, what weeding to do, how to keep their plants healthy and well. Schools did there part too, the children learning how to grow everything from cress to tomatoes, potatoes and cabbage. Some streets took down fences to make the gardens long plots of veggies, others used their greenhouses to amp up numbers of starter plants to give to neighbours. Eating local really took off in those challenging times.
In the pandemic it made more sense to bring retired doctors in as trainers of healthy volunteers than place them on the front lines, that way the benefit was magnified and we protected them better.
From the worker at the plough to the machinist in the ventilator factories, there were so many who showed true valour, who took risks for others in the same way soldiers do.
In the pandemic our medics were our heroes, everyone from the specialist doctors and nurses all the way to the St. John's Ambulance Brigade, those champions of volunteering who trained up so many.
In the summertime of the pandemic year, to save grandparents from risking infection while taking care of their grandchildren, we put together American style summer camps run in the schools by young volunteers. We kept the kids as healthy, happy and well fed as we possibly could.
"Did you know," said Rufus, "that in 1918 during the flu pandemic they found that caring for the afflicted in tents increased survival rates by about 75%. Never underestimate the power of fresh air and sunshine. Their temporary tent hospitals saved a lot of lives."
If this virus is gonna be an annual event (returning as a different mutation), we need to live it this year in a way we could replicate every year, though we'd hone our response I'm sure.
In this pandemic it appears that we have missed an opportunity to count our blessings, that our children and their parents are relatively robust to this virus. Surely it's okay to say that. More over, in medicine we, "first do no harm," and shutting the institutions children and their parents rely on is a high degree of harm. This is why we seek to protect our elders whilst keeping the rest of our population as healthy and stable as we can.
The best defence you can have in this pandemic and any subsequent rounds is to get in shape. Eat clean; three calorie controlled meals a day with plenty of fibre and good balanced nutrition. Take daily exercise, indoors or outdoors, there are plenty of great exercise videos online. Have healthy social contacts that bring joy into your life. Find time to dance, listen to music that helps you to feel good. Laughter really is great medicine, so feel okay about watching comedy or having fun with friends. Keep stress low for you and others, kindness and love are so very important to the immune system. In all of this trouble, let us remember to live well and show a little class.
Use of power leads to more use of power, so we're gonna get through this pandemic with societal cooperation and love, that's the only way to preserve the liberty our ancestors gave their lives for.
In a pandemic every option on the table is total shit, but we have to choose the least shit option. We need to be all done with version one of this virus before version two comes next winter, to have some herd immunity built in. The vulnerable can be cared for as they self isolate, the rest of us have a country to run, that's the way it is - compassion with pragmatism. Our plan is for maximum social order and maximum care of children, especially socially vulnerable children, and it maximises outcomes for the elderly via herd immunity establishing first in the strongest sectors of society. So, kids, we got this, we really do.
In this pandemic we keep a warm heart and a cool head, that's our way, that's British.
In the pandemic we turned hotels into pop-up hospitals, "deputising" volunteers in as our staff.
When the virus hit it was more lethal to the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. So we had to see the higher immunity children had to it as a blessing. If the kids are okay, it's something we can deal with better. With that in mind, we focused our efforts on caring for the victims. People were given aid from the government to help them volunteer in the hospitals. Newly empty hotels were rented by emergency government funding as hospital overspills, and businesses released health care certified and medically experienced staff to care for the sick. The most vulnerable groups were cocooned and cared for by an army of young volunteers until herd immunity was established. It wasn't ideal, a pandemic never is, yet this way we all fared better in a well ordered situation rather than chaos. We had created a plan that cared best for all, that showed love for all age groups and situations, and of that I believe we can be truly proud. We did our very best.
2020 was the time for generation X to step out as strong leaders, to become good role models and live a hero's creed.
There is a difference between the medical approach to one person and the medical approach to a population because a population has many more ripple effects when one "string" is pulled, and this is something to take note of in a pandemic.
In this pandemic, dear media, "Think before you ink," because fear lowers immune responses and thus raises medical complications at the population level.
If media spreads fear then it spreads increased use of the primitive brain areas at the very time we most need the functions of the more highly evolved prefrontal cortex - it's tough to practice social medicine when they keep pouring out the poison.
The flu shot is a sort of "greatest hits" of the previous flu season, weakened and mixed in together... but there are always novel flus new to the season that can infect anyone... immunised or not. So even when there is a vaccine, anyone can catch a new version of the virus. When we think of this ability to mutate, we can recall that the common cold is a coronavirus, we can and do catch new colds. They mutate and return, it's what they do. And so, we do need pre-vaccine strategies that maximise total population health, maximise care of children and keep society functioning maximally - to at least, "first do no harm." Moreover, we need a fitter society that has time to exercise and eat right, time to have fun and de-stress. Perhaps this is a terrible way to learn that we need to be kinder to our bodies and brains. Perhaps it's time to get serious about implementing bio-medically appropriate social policies.
Shutting schools is a recipe for social chaos chaps, it's kids home alone with nothing to eat while their parents scramble to get enough work to pay rent. It's stressed out adults who begin to fight and that stress often ends up as verbal or physical abuse on kids. On top of social ills, that stress lowers the immune system - whereas socialising and playfulness boosts natural immunity. We're not going to throw our kids and young families under the bus. But we should have a homeschool option for those who can take care of their kids, especially those now working from home.
Nudge theory takes time to be adopted into society and form a solid societal neural network, it needs time to solidify so people are confident that they chose the ideas for themselves. In these pandemic days, realistic "empathy hooks" that ignite the logical-analytical capabilities, told with kind words to promote a sense of realism over fear, work best with populations. In short, we need the "wise chief" leaders to level with us and lead from the front by good example, yet to show the heart of the good parent at all times.
A key way to fight a pandemic is with positive chaos, to sew kindness and love into the fabric of society at every opportunity possible.
We Brits are a nation that prides itself on independence, let's be honest, if there is no traffic coming we cross the road regardless of that the lights say. Yet now we need to take lessons from the Germans in civil obedience, because only then can our nation come out of this with optimum strength. There is no pride to be had in childish defiance when the attitude of well disciplined soldier is required.