It is as if everything is back to normal.
We can now freely roam around without masks. We can move without the fear of the invisible enemy attacking our bodies. The cities are alive again far from the empty corners a few months back. No more curfews starting at 8 pm till breaking of dawn at 5 am. No more anxiety attacks from frequent sirens of the ambulance. And in the day, the streets are again full of vigor from people.
People are cycling to the market together and not alone. Batches of new films out on the big screen. Folks go loud and dance all night in a concert or gigs at music bars. Fans watch their favorite players in a national league. And the Olympics is already set to hold this year!
Recreational activities are here again to make us feel alive. Outdoor goers can hike or cycle into the woods. Alas, the world can explore and live in the outdoors! Most importantly, we can now do all these with the people we care about. We meet to sing our hearts out with friends. We gather, and get silly with the people we miss so dearly.
Finally, we can hug our loved ones like there is no tomorrow.
The memory of getting every soul isolated still lingers. Next to economic loss when families grow weary of what to put on the table every meal. The world is yet again free, but it will never be the same as it was before the pandemic.
We can only hope for better medical facilities back then. We learned the hard way of not being prudent, of not making public health a priority. There were heroes among those close to our hearts who perished from the dreaded disease. Their memory turns governments to valuing care, which led to building advanced and sophisticated medical equipment and infrastructures.
Funds are allotted for medical professionals and essential workers who kept us safe while risking their lives. Their wages are appraised and systems are arranged for their quick access to cash and financial security.
The transport/aviation industry was severely hit. As it was also the reason why COVID-19 stormed and spread fast in every nation. And because of that, people have come a long way to move without fear. But businesses thrive because the owners take risks. There is already a strong movement and trade allowed a lot of people to make up for their losses. While some businesses decide to permanently have their employees work from home to save on real estate costs.
The number of commuters on the roads dropped and provisions for cycling in all cities are made.
Rich biodiversity acts as a natural barrier to keep humans and wild animals safe from each other. A high variation of species decreases the number of highly-susceptible populations and lowers the probability of transfer of wildlife disease to humans.
From this knowledge, wildlife trade is now banned all over the world. People fight hard for forest protection and conservation.
There is also a paradigm shift in handling climate change. We are now aware that rising global temperatures can cause changes in the seasonality, geography, and intensity of infectious diseases. Hence, each country works on the goal of a carbon-neutral environment. As a result, numerous flora and fauna are now out of danger and extinction.
New species are found. And spring of life flows to each nation breathing abundance and balance.
The pandemic changed our views of what has to be the norm.
It will never be the same when people prospered with the environment at cost. Today, the economy thrives when public health and natural habitats are put first. For no currency can grow without a healthy community and workforce behind it.
COVID-19 taught us how to model a healthier pace of life.
In hindsight, it has made us better assess our current situation in the comforts of our homes. To reflect in peace and quiet. With every sunrise and sunset at a glance out of our windows.