The positive sides of Corona

The positive sides of Corona

The coronavirus has been causing challenges since spring 2020 and has undoubtedly had numerous adverse effects. Many people have lost their lives to the virus or are still suffering from the after-effects of the disease. Some sectors, such as gastronomy, tourism or culture, have also been hit hard by the pandemic and the associated measures.

Nevertheless, there are also some positive aspects that this time has brought with it – despite or precisely because of Corona. You can find these in our photo gallery.

More cohesion

According to a survey by the Bertelsmann Foundation in June 2020, the development of cohesion among the population was rated positively overall. In February 2020, more than 40 per cent of those surveyed thought that people in Germany did not care for their fellow human beings. In June, only a good 20 per cent said so. The assessment that cohesion in Germany is at risk overall fell from 46 to 36 per cent.

The increased cohesion is also reflected in many concrete projects – neighbourhood help with shopping, support for restaurants or cultural workers or other voluntary commitments. Even if there is disagreement among parts of the population about the vaccination campaign, there are still positive examples of social cohesion during the pandemic.

Increased hygiene awareness

Most people have internalized the AHA rule by now. Above all, regular and thorough washing of hands has already become second nature to many people. This behaviour can also help to limit the spread of diseases in the future. Because we put our hands on our faces, they quickly come into contact with the mouth, nose or eyes – and viruses and bacteria in case of doubt.

More flexible working models

Due to increased coronavirus cases in Germany, many companies had to react quickly in 2020 and create new working models. Some companies send employees to work from home within a few days or weeks. This could also open up new long-term opportunities for the future of work in Germany. Many companies are already working on new working models or have already integrated them into everyday work to offer their employees more flexibility, regardless of what is happening in the pandemic.

Less CO2

The coronavirus pandemic has had a positive impact on CO2 emissions. According to a study in which the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research was involved, CO2 emissions fell by more than a billion tons worldwide in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in the previous year. In 2021, the CO2 emissions of the member states of the European Union were at least a good four per cent below the values ​​of 2019; in the USA, they were 3.7 per cent.

Since industry, in particular, is responsible for the high CO2 emissions, readjustments are still necessary here to maintain this effect in the long term after the economy starts up again.

Greater appreciation for systemically important professions

Whether it’s bus drivers, cashiers, nurses and senior nurses, parcel suppliers or many others, the coronavirus crisis has shown that many professions crucial to the smooth functioning of our everyday lives are often associated with high-stress levels and low wages. Awareness of this problem and the appreciation for these professional groups has increased in society as a whole during the pandemic, but also politically, the first approaches have been developed to improve the everyday working life and the financial situation of those affected.

Innovations in the healthcare industry

The coronavirus pandemic has also opened up new avenues in the healthcare industry. There are increasing opportunities to make medical consultation appointments online or by telephone or to have sick notes issued. As a result, those affected with uncomplicated diseases can avoid going to the practice and thus reduce the risk of infection for other people.

The security of medicines and medical supplies should also be better ensured through increased production in the country.

advances in medicine

There has been some progress in medical research through increased activity and corresponding financial support from public authorities, which could also have positive effects after the Corona crisis. For example, the technology surrounding mRNA vaccines was advanced, the effect of which has long been investigated in cancer prevention. Components for ventilators from the 3D printer are another example of new medical developments that have emerged during the coronavirus pandemic.

Accelerated approval procedures, such as those carried out by the European Medicines Agency as part of the approval of vaccines, could also help to make medicines and therapy methods less complicated and faster for those affected to use.

Fewer traffic accidents

From January to September 2020, 15 per cent fewer road accidents were recorded by the police than in the previous year. The number of accidents involving personal injury fell by around eleven per cent. The number of traffic deaths also fell by a good ten per cent. In the first half of 2021, the proportion of people who lost their lives on the road fell again by 12 per cent.

The main reason for this development is the lower traffic volume due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Discover new interests

Even if many hobbies and other leisure activities could only take place to a limited extent or not at all due to the Corona crisis – many knew how to help themselves. Evaluations of frequent Google searches for the year 2020 showed that the demand for tips on gardening, cooking, yoga, skateboarding or jigsaw puzzles has skyrocketed. In addition, many clubs and groups found alternative ways to network (online) or implement projects during the pandemic. Discovering something new is possible even during the coronavirus pandemic, despite all the restrictions.

 

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