Pandemic – Here We Are Two Years + Later – What Have We Learned?

Here we are two years + later. What have we learned?
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Elephanatics Facebook post March 2020  –  Patience and Perseverance vs Pandemic.

While we all have time to ‘sit this one out’ for the unforeseeable future, it would be best to try and practice the moral edicts of patience and perseverance, for the good of all. In times of solitude, consider taking a moment to reflect and ponder the bigger questions the universe and mother nature is striving to ask us.
Do you think this pandemic is a permanent wake up call? Or, do you feel things will go back to the ‘status quo’ once this virus has passed? Will you continue to take things for granted moving forward? Has your perspective changed about what is important to you? If so, on how many levels and to what degree?
If we were elephants, we would most likely know the answers already. But, we are not. We are mere mortals lost in a quagmire of confusion just trying the best we can to deal with an unknown entity that has globally disrupted our lives and is killing us.
During such a time of uncertainty, the emphasis should be on compassion and understanding, not a constant battering of personal viewpoints, but rather the ability to try and be easy on each other. Being compliant when necessary and compromising to create a smoother outcome in a time of crisis. We need to work together and stop the polarization from politics and other persuasions. We literally need to ‘sit this one out’ until it is over and learn from it. We must learn, for the sake of all humanity.
Fast Forward to July, 2022
Here we are two and a half years since the dreaded pandemic hit turning the world upside down and creating hermits out of all of us. And, what have we learned?
I think I am safe to say, we have learned we still have far more to learn, and do, if we want to survive as a species.
Recently, an article published in Science magazine stated that the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan was the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. After months of differing debates on the root source and cause of COVID-19, the best research has found that the unsanitary conditions associated with the live wildlife market trade in China to be the culprit.
An excerpt from the Abstract explains………”While there is insufficient evidence to define upstream events, and exact circumstances remain obscure, our analyses indicate that the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 occurred via the live wildlife trade in China, and show that the Huanan market was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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Personally, I have learned that a lot can be accomplished when adversity hits. Collectively, as a species, I feel the stress and heartbreak from this viral disease has caused irreparable damage to so many that the lessons we should have learned to be more patient, compassionate, and to persevere, have been overshadowed by pain, remorse, and anger. As a people we seem to have become more divided and isolated in our thoughts and our freedom of speech attacked from all angles.
* The war in Ukraine has aptly pointed out the necessity to be more thankful.
* To be Grateful for all we have.
* To be humble.
* To give back.
As we face the next hurdle of this ongoing pandemic we need to turn our attention and focus to the root cause of how and why it started. The mistreatment of animals and wildlife needs to be eradicated at the source with stronger sentencing and laws passed to end the illegal wildlife trade. Wildlife markets are incubators for future pandemics and are cruel and inhumane repositories that should be banned permanently. To reduce the risk of future pandemics we must understand, and limit, the routes and opportunities for virus spillover and work to close wet markets that facilitate the opportunity for such viruses to breed.  More time and energy is needed to support organizations that fight to protect these species. Extinction is categorically the worst option.
This will not be our last pandemic. Let’s keep learning and working together to prevent another catastrophe for both humans and animals.
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