As the world comes to a standstill to curb COVID-19, there’s a lot of confusion and changing information – and understandably so. We’re in untreaded waters, getting used to unfamiliar routines as we quickly learn new terms like “social distancing” and “self-isolation” and build up a repertoire of 20-second handwashing songs.
As epidemiologists and public health experts have learned, the best thing we can do right now is to keep our physical distance to slow down the spread of this disease. This means taking care of ourselves and the most vulnerable people in our communities by practicing social distancing in an effort to flatten the curve of infection.
There’s an influx of information on coronavirus circulating in our communities and online, and so we wanted to share some resources and articles that we’ve found quite helpful.
- If you’re a data person who likes numbers and graphs, we highly recommend you read this detailed explainer showing how early ‘social distancing’ intervention is the very best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid overloading our health care systems.
- And if you need something with a little more cute factor to convince those around you, what about this “cattening the curve” graph?
- Reading harrowing first-hand accounts of what’s happening in Italy right now makes the choice even more clear: it’s time for us to make big changes to our daily routines now to save lives.
There’s also a real strength and resiliency to the human spirit that these unprecedented times have brought forward. This video of Wuhan residents cheering to each other from their balconies to “Stay strong” is a testament to it, as is this video of quarantined Italians singing to each other through their windows.
Which brings us to the connections between the COVID-19 pandemic and tackling climate change. In this time of huge societal disruption, space is opening up for us to envision other ways of being with each other. Neighborhood mutual-help groups have sprung up in every corner of the world, we’re interrupting our daily patterns of work, consumption and travel and, yes, we’re washing our hands a heck of a lot more often.
All of these lessons (except that last one maybe, though it’s always good to wash your hands) are exactly the skills that we’ll need to tackle the climate crisis and build a world free from fossil fuels.
Over the coming weeks and months, Persian Culture Center of Atlanta, will be working hand in hand with doctors and first responders in order to provide best services and advices for their members. All our events and plans have also been moved to online meetings as we try to reduce face to face contacts as much as possible.
Thank you and stay safe,
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