I HOPE these words from an Indian doctor will shame all those here (thankfully the minority) who are whingeing about the ‘inconvenience’ and disruption to their lives caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, to see their cup as half-full rather than half-empty.

“Social distancing is a privilege – it means you live in a house large enough to practise it.

“Hand washing is a privilege too – it means you have access to running water. Hand sanitisers and soap are a privilege – it means you have money to buy them. Lockdowns are a privilege – it means you can afford to be at home.

“The most effective ways to ward off corona are accessible only to the affluent. In essence a disease that was spread by the rich as they flew around the globe, will now kill millions of the poor. All of us who are practising social distancing and have imposed a lockdown on ourselves should appreciate how privileged we are. Millions in India will not be able to do this.”

So what if we can’t pop to the pub for a pint, go out for a meal (that costs more than many in the poorest countries earn in a year), get our nails done or visit the hairdresser?

It isn’t the end of the world. Be thankful for small mercies.


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