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What positives are there to this?

96 replies

Sarahlou63 · 14/03/2020 08:45

It's a bit of a stretch but I'd like to know what good might come out of the current crisis.

Personally it's affecting us financially as my DP can't take up a new contract (we live in Portugal - potential job offers are Utrecht/Brussels or Copenhagen) BUT he's going to write the work related books he's always wanted to but never had the time. For me, my coaching business is on hold BUT I've just finished a CBT practitioner course so I'm going to try and build up an online/Skype counselling service. I'm also able to spend more time helping out at the local dog shelter. Shovelling shit is strangely cathartic...

A neighbour is setting up a Whatsapp group so we can all keep in touch and help each other out with shopping/help with animals, etc so it will strengthen our little community, which has to be positive.

Globally, the reduction in travel and pollution has to be good for future generations.

Can you see any positives?

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skybluee · 15/03/2020 03:11

The biggest positive for me is that my BMI isn't 12-13 as it was a few years ago. It has made me realise that even though I have genuine concerns, I'm in a better place than I was then. I didn't have many reserves then.


LynnSchmob · 15/03/2020 03:29

I think people will finally start taking hygiene seriously. The amount of people who used to not bother washing their hands after going to the loo was shocking and disgusting 🤮
All of us at some stage have had a nasty stomach bug because some lazy fucker couldn’t be arsed to do this simple task.

One of my friends children with a suppressed immune system was hospitalised after catching the norovirus. All because some selfish twat somewhere didn’t wash their hands.


Forgone90 · 15/03/2020 04:08

increased hand hygiene awareness could actually save more lives in the long run than this virus will kill.

Government will realize much much more money needs to be pumped into the NHS.

Once it is over [ and it will be] it will feel like a victory.


Seventyone72seventy3 · 15/03/2020 06:05

One positive- the number of burglaries is going to fall as we're all at home!


OutComeTheWolves · 15/03/2020 09:02

If all children are eventually made to stay at home we could end up eradicating headline. Again won't outweigh thousands of deaths but will definitely be a positive.


FAQs · 15/03/2020 09:49

Over 200 people have joined a committee to help people isolated and/or ill to help with shopping,meds, dog waking etc in our village.


SemiSkimmedMilk · 15/03/2020 09:55


You might want to read today’s Sunday Times and see the leaked plans for the police and which crimes they will be investigating (loss of life only essentially) if you think crime will be going down.


Lweji · 15/03/2020 10:13

increased hand hygiene awareness could actually save more lives in the long run than this virus will kill.

People forget.
Remember swine flu?


CaptainButtock · 15/03/2020 10:20

As far as arseclown Johnson is concerned, it will be great for the economy long-term as it will weed out the elderly/chronically unwell/otherwise vulnerable who he sees as a massive financial burden.


CaptainButtock · 15/03/2020 10:23

Schools are closed in France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Czech rep and Italy.

But erm..... not here.


Lweji · 15/03/2020 10:24

If only it could weed out stupid politicians


Lweji · 15/03/2020 10:26

Schools and many more closed in Portugal too.
Shops and restaurants are voluntarily closing or restricting access.
The government is financially supporting people at home with the children.
We're testing and tracking cases and I am sure we are behind the UK in how spread it is.


YoursTunbridgeWells · 15/03/2020 10:28

Long story but I was feeling severely depressed before CV. This has made me realise there is still a lot to live for, however, I am now likely to die alone of pneumonia , which makes me want to get it done now. Ironic.


mymymymycorona · 15/03/2020 10:48

The positives for me right now are;
I'm spending a lot of time with my dc - no work, no school.
My laundry basket is empty
I haven't driven since Tuesday so reduced carbon footprint I suppose
I'm catching up on Netflix

Other than,


MenopausalMafiosa · 15/03/2020 11:04

I'm hoping it might make some people decide to give up smoking, too.


KisforKoala · 15/03/2020 11:09

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sigmu87 · 15/03/2020 11:33

I think it will make a lot of people realise what they have and how lucky they are to have it.

Working from home may be a success and this will reduce pollution, ease traffic problems and perhaps increase people’s well-being if allowed to continue.

It might make people realise what a lovely country we live in and what we have on our own doorstep rather than flying half way round the world to lie on a beach somewhere.

It will bring families closer and make the younger generation realise what the older members of the family actually mean to them.

It will force people to talk more, even if only about the virus.

It may get people to be more healthy and take their health more seriously going forward.


Alyssum34456 · 15/03/2020 11:33

  • decrease in flights and air pollution. The results could be staggering and convince us to change our ways.

  • new jobs available, people supported to work from home.

  • people slowing down, appreciating life and each other more.

  • more self reliance. I'm trying to grow mor2 of my own veg and get better at diy so not constantly having people round.

Contraversial one: a serious discussion about our determination to eat animal products.

Gadgnkk · 15/03/2020 12:08

I would hope that the NHS could massively increase in size. We probably need about 3x the numbers of hospitals we have now (and I'm not even talking about C virus, just generally) and we definitely need 2 or 3 x the number of GP surgeries on an ongoing basis. Even before CV, there were no appointments and people wait gigantic amounts of time for hospital treatment.


mymymymycorona · 15/03/2020 12:09

@KisforKoala Ireland made changes to the zero hour contract rules a few years back!! They (employer) now have to provide a minimum payment if you don't have work! I thought the U.K. did the same?? Obvs not...SadConfused


Blackbear19 · 16/03/2020 08:15

I did worder about the effects on pollution etc, might encourage less travel.
I also think more people will understand the effects of isolation on mental health.

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