Australia is considered to have one of the best healthcare systems and economies in the world. But soon after WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic, there’s a lot of anguish about a severe burden on the economy, a forceful reduction of up to 70% in staff hours in hospitality sector, more than 40% layoffs and whatnot. It is not only the corporate world being shut down; there are the lives of people that came to a sudden break by the situation. Overnight there’s a lockdown, and it came with uncertainty & a lot of unknowns creating a panic. This pandemic is not only affecting the health of the public but also impacting the health of the economy.
This situation is life-threatening and is similar across various countries of the world. With this viral contagion desolating the livelihood, it is essential to be responsible and sensible to cope with the challenges ahead. The isolation measures and social distancing has led to a sudden lifestyle change for Australian individuals and families. Some studies and research report emotional and mental health impacts on families.
Some questions come to our minds:
- Are we prepared enough or being responsible for our duties as a citizen?
- What is the scalability of public health and clinical intervention in regional, rural and remote areas?
- Are people able to work on their emotional and mental health better?
- Do we see more cases of couple conflicts, child mental health issues and social support and others?
- How are families adapting to the crisis?
A report by OMRglobal mentions more than 5500 cases by April first week. Social distancing is the only prevention. The more we distance from each other, the more responsible we are. It is not only about keeping a distance between people but also minimizing social gatherings. The government of various affected countries has initiated several measures to ease the pain of their population. Some of these measures include.
- Reducing public gatherings and limiting the number to maximum two people
- Enlarging the centres for testing, treatment, and quarantine.
- No evictions for next 6 months
- Ensuring the treatment is accessible to the most remote section.
- Trying to contribute more to scale healthcare infrastructure.
- Renters and Landlords working on short term agreements for win win situation for both
- Taking strict measures to penalize the people not following the distancing norm.
With everyone confined to their homes, this is one such event that has changed our lives irretrievably with only uncertainty & waiting for an indefinite period. Friends replaced by phones, laptops replaced the office and meetings through video conferencing is the new normal these days. Covid-19 has affected the lives of people socially, physically and emotionally. It has also disrupted the school experience of the kids and not sure if the schools have a plan towards the new sessions.
There are many questions asked, like how prepared are we to fight the situation, or how can we manage things during a lockdown? How are you staying connected and well-balanced? Is there anything that needs to be addressed and is missing from our part as a citizen?
We would like to know-
- the changes you have experienced during lockdown and what has been the most difficult aspect of this
- how are you dealing with the changes in your lives?
- do you have the feeling of loneliness and isolation? How do you deal with it?
- How do you stay connected with social distancing?
For some families, this is the time to get along more, carrying on as normal while there are many families who are worried more than the usual days. As a company, our biggest concern is the wellbeing of our people- employees, clients, and all others outside our space. How do you think your life (personal and work) is affected? How do you see the post-pandemic scenario? Let us discuss our views on this and try to discipline our lives to fight the spread of Covid-19.