Has it ever been safe to leave the house?

Change is coming, whether we like it or not. Sunday 10th May 2020 sees Boris Johnson addressing the nation where he is expected to announce a slight easing up on the current restrictions and the 'Stay at Home' guidance. No matter what is announced, it is clear that it will once again divide the public's opinion.

It seems to me that there are a few different perspectives on what should be the correct course of action.

  • Business leaders are keen to be unlocked in order to jump start the economy.
  • Some of the general public want to remain locked down until a vaccine has been found.

It appears crystal clear that the debate is focused around the health of the economy over the health of the public, the truth is though, that the two come hand in hand with each other. We have to somehow get the economy going again to ensure our overall health but at the same time reassure large elements of the public who have real genuine concerns about their health and safety.

I certainly don't want to be the messenger of doom and gloom or spark an individuals very own existential crisis. But maybe, one big question that we should be asking ourselves is, has it ever been safe to leave the house? 

No matter if we find a vaccine tomorrow, next week or next year, we always have been and always will be extremely vulnerable.

To overcome this vulnerability over the generations it was vitally important that we formed a safe structure which was capable of providing us with the reassurance that we needed to be able to venture out and explore the world. This safe structure is compiled of numerous elements such as:

  • We devised our emergency services.
  • Our Armed Forces
  • We don't let our children venture too far from our front door.
  • We surround ourselves with friends of similar values.
  • We have locks on our doors and alarms in our homes.
  • Public buildings have fire escapes
  • Our cars are fitted with airbags and seat belts.

The list is truly endless of all the things that we've put in place within our society and within our lives to simply reduce the risk that we are confronted with every single day and in all elements of our lives.

We must find a way to start living our lives again, we must find a way to incorporate the risk of COVID-19 into our lives.


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