There’s a long way to go before this is all over but already there is much that we have learnt in the past few weeks – and many of the lessons are actually good things.
It’s good to have a home where you like to spend your time. A place designed and furnished not to broadcast your taste or status but to make you feel safe, cocooned and at ease. A place that puts cosy to the fore and is fitted out with simple materials that soften the day and encourage you to unwind.
We need to look out for neighbours and take care of older people in our communities. Luckily it turns out that for every supermarket loo-roll snatcher there’s a decent person who will step up to this challenge.
We need to reassess our relationship with nature and leave wild animals off the world’s dinner plates. If the pangolin and bat are now going to be left alone, that’s good news for them – and us.
The vanishing tourists have allowed us to see what our cities look and feel like without extreme crowds. Could we begin to find a happier balance?
Soap is wonderful thing – and hot water too. The simple act of washing your hands has been the best defence against the wretched virus. Let’s keep the habit up when all of this has passed.
Panic-buying is madness. Perhaps we should just be better at always keeping some basics supplies in our cupboards. The fetishising of “fresh and seasonal” is all very well but dry, pickled, cured and evergreen products are also pretty useful.
Rolling news can be bad for you. It feeds anxiety. You need to step back and find the commentators who can give you context. Look back at history. Remind yourself that this is going to pass. And then put on some music and have a dance with the dog. See, better already.
Not touching, shaking hands or kissing is hard. Touch is powerful and we’ll be pleased when palms can be pressed and hugs given without worrying. We need to live in a tactile world.