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The Other Side Of The Coin!

While the media and press floods us with innumerous amounts of remorseful information about the current scenario of this pandemic, we shouldn't forget about the other side of the coin, i.e. The positives of this lockdown. This period of nation-wide curfew has aided humanity in both personal and ecological issues. Here are some of those researched positives of the lockdown by the Sky News, UK.


"The world is changing forever as the coronavirus lockdown forces many to adapt, but what are the positive effects we may wish to hold on to?


Family time, nature bouncing back, getting to know neighbors, and avoiding the daily commute - these are just some of the ways in which the lives of millions of us have actually improved in the last few weeks.


Sky News asked six experts and commentators to write about the unexpected benefits of the COVID-19 pandemic.




Psychologist Dr. Amanda Gummer says the pandemic lockdown has given families more quality time together.


"Never before, in modern history, have so many parents spent so much time in one place with their children.


"The simple pleasures in life are being rediscovered too - a family walk has become a precious time of the day that everyone looks forward to, something many families may never have enjoyed before.

"Families are rediscovering board games, doing puzzles together, and making fun TikTok videos.


"These are all things that would not have happened in the usual hustle and bustle of pre-lockdown life."


Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idler magazine, argues that now the constant pressure to have a full diary has gone, a temporary retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world is just what the doctor ordered.


"We all used to complain about being too busy - there just aren't enough hours in the day, we'd moan.


"It looked like we'd have the opposite problem - far too many hours to fill - but we've filled those hours fairly easily.


"This is because that constant pressure people used to feel to do things - to achieve, to compete, to turn up to everything, to have a full diary - has been removed.



The environmental benefits of planes being grounded, cars parked and factories shut down is unquestionable. Across the world, carbon emissions have fallen and air quality has risen.


Co-leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley says we can now learn how to create a safer world from the lockdown.


"Scientists have warned of increased risk of more pandemics from the destruction of nature, rampant deforestation, intensive farming, mining, and global air travel, as well as exploitation of wild animals.


"But lockdowns around the world have pressed pause on much environmental destruction.

"The response to the pandemic has given us a glimpse that another world is possible."

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