Has The Pandemic Wrought Any Positive Changes?

Today’s topic is the brainchild of Shackman who I know has had a great deal in mind and life during the pandemic as I am sure that all of us have had too.

In my case, at the individual level some positive changes that took place are the following;

1. I recommenced Jala Neti as recommended by some doctors who I trust.

I however use an old trusted vessel which I had stopped using some years ago.

2. I recommenced Pranayama exercises as part of my daily yoga routine.

3. I rescheduled my morning routine to accommodate these changes and now follow a different one than I was following pre-pandemic. This change has improved my digestion and sleep and overall wellbeing.

I am convinced that I escaped the annual tryst with the seasonal viral infection that I undergo every winter last year due to the above changes. That was the biggest gain that I had during these different times.

At the macro level, some positive changes that I have noticed personally are:

Return of some types of birds to my neighbourhood that had disappeared till last year.

Improved quality of air due to reduced traffic on our roads.

Thanks to the pandemic to some extent and its belligerence on our borders, our dependence on China has reduced considerably and local enterprises are rejuvenating to fill the gap. This in turn has contribute to our economic recovery for the IMF to predict that India will grow at and astounding 12.5% this fiscal.

Reduced consumption of oil has brought prices and demand down and people everywhere are finding that they can live differently and a better life.

Working and studying from home has brought about a paradigm shift in our approach to employment and education. Quite how this will pan out in the future is yet to be seen but, having tasted the simplicity and efficacy of these developments, there is bound to be major shifts.

Hygiene’s importance in our lives has been driven home more strongly than ever before by the practical experience of the pandemic.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 3 On 1 blog posts where Conrad, Shackman and I write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been suggested by Shackman. Please do go over to the other two blogs to see what they have to say on the same topic. Thank you.

13 thoughts on “Has The Pandemic Wrought Any Positive Changes?”

  1. Very pragmatic take and a very pragmatic approach. You, my friend, are a solid citizen with both feet squarely planted in the ground.

  2. Due to some restrictions on public activities, I have more time with my family.

    Out of topic:
    I’m sorry for my duplicate comment in your post “Vaccination” because the first one has a typo with the word “hot”. Please delete the first one. I already informed you via email but no reply.

    1. Yes, that has been a major positive during the lockdowns about which I did not elaborate as this was my situation even before the pandemic. Your first comment with the typo has been removed. Relax Tikno.

  3. We view things very similarly in general terms – cleaner air, a new dynamic between employer and employees and such. The ability to design an deliver vaccinesat a trapid paceis also a spectacularadvance.

    1. Similarities of views has been a regular feature in our association of many years and this has been no exception. As I type this, we in Pune, are in a second lockdown situation with the pandemic getting worse in its second wave. Shortage of vaccination vials and beds in hospitals is making matters worse.

  4. I think the allowing of work-from-home options has been a really good outcome of this pandemic. I think there needs to be even more of that.

    1. The world is most decidedly heading in that direction. At least in India, there are strong indications that Businesses are finding it economical to allow WFH as the internet connects everyone.

  5. Lots of changes for me, some of which I had no choice in, especially this time last year, when we in New Zealand were in severe lockdown. And with my Asthmatic lungs had to be more diligent. However, last year, I managed avoid my usual winter laryngitis because of being homebound most of the winter.

    Now in NZ it’s vastly different to most of the world out there but small community outbreaks have occurred, which at times has locked down our biggest region which I live in! At the moment small unexplained outbreak among a group of border workers at a gov’t managed quarantine, hoping it doesn’t expand and put us down a level.

    Many of the changes haven’t affected me, as I’m retired and are just mindful 90% of the time on how to live my life.
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