pandemic has been tough on us all. It’s disrupted routines, kept us from seeing
friends and family, and, quite frankly, it’s just been scary.
there’s also plenty to be thankful for. Because adversity, while difficult, is
also a major driver of creativity; it is when we’re faced with roadblocks that
we must come up with workarounds we wouldn’t have considered otherwise, and
sometimes those new solutions end up being for the better. And the pandemic is
virtual options for people with disabilities
need to stay at home and shelter in place drove groups and companies to make
their offerings available online. From virtual concerts to fitness and cooking
classes to book clubs to museums and so much more, this has provided new ways
to explore the world and connect with others that might not have existed
otherwise—a particular boon for people with disabilities who may already
struggle with community connection.
adoption of telehealth
visits with your doctor or care team were already gaining in popularity, but
the pandemic has cemented telehealth into our daily lives. Studies show both
patients and providers feel the visits are as effective as in-person appointments
but are more efficient and convenient. Some estimates say as many as 90% of
physicians are now using a virtual approach to patient care.
need kindness and compassion during troubled times, and we’ve seen it in spades
this last year. Crafters pitched in to make masks for essential workers when
supplies were low. Neighbors left homecooked meals and care packages on each
other’s front stoops. People set up volunteer systems to make sure the elderly
got their prescriptions delivered on time. And on a large scale, the vaccine
efforts united scientists worldwide to share data and work in collaboration
with each other. Fred Rogers famously said, “Look for the helpers”—and we’ve
seen them everywhere.
can be easy to get bogged down in bad news, but there are positives in every
situation. And these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding
the good that’s emerged from the pandemic (see also: cleaner air, improved
sleep, positive changes in working habits).
we just need a reminder to stay positive and find the silver linings. Today,
we’re happy to be that reminder.