Times seem bleak as we face the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and retreat to our homes in lockdown. In the past, people had gone through something similar.
In this video, I share with you an inspiring story of a town called Eyam and the sacrifice they made to quarantine themselves during an epidemic to stop the spread of the Bubonic Plague spreading across England in 1665 and 1666.
We also find out that Isaac Newton used his time in lockdown to do science. After only about a year in isolation, he had written three papers on calculus, solved the mystery of colours and light and came up with his theory of gravity which changed the world.
If you are feeling lost or demotivated while in lockdown, I hope these two stories can help remind you that perhaps, days in lockdown and isolation present opportunities to build, create or learn.
I wrote about my concerns for inflation a few months ago. The printing of money, as necessary as it may seem to be in the short-term, has long-term ramifications. Ray Dalio explains these concerns further. Wealth is not destroyed, rather it is transferred to another asset, to another country, etc. This is why investing or trading in other assets like real-estate, gold, silver, Bitcoin SV and other cryptocurrencies. The more diverse your portfolio is, the better.
Most parts of Africa seem to be faring a lot better in coping with Covid-19 in terms of number of deaths per capita, except for South Africa. The next step is to find out why and how this is so we can learn from it.
Possible factors to explore:
"After cooling systems and air conditioning were linked to a coronavirus outbreak at a German meat-processing plant, many people wonder about how safe air conditioning is. Does air conditioning help spread the coronavirus?"
This is very important for workplaces or schools since most of us spend the most time there. They need to ensure they have good quality filters and use outside air as much as possible.
Brazilian researchers say they found evidence of the pathogen in waste water in November, 91 days before the first case was detected in the country. The presence of the virus was ‘modest’ until it peaked in March, according to the study.
Source: Article titled, "‘Earlier signs of coronavirus’ in sewage samples in Brazil" by Stephen Cheng, SCMP.com, 3rd July 2020, "https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3091757/earlier-signs-coronavirus-sewage-samples-brazil" (last accessed 3rd July 2020).
Industries that are doing relatively well during Covid-19 in the US (but still an indicator for potential trends in other countries):
Companies reacted three ways when Covid-19 kicked in:
"The U.S. has bought the global supply of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has been found to help certain patients recover more quickly from COVID-19."
Covid-19 is forcing travel to change. This video discusses the future of Public Transport: Trains, buses and trams.
Description: "The covid-19 pandemic has accelerated a shift towards remote working. This could affect not just people’s working lives, but the shape of cities, gender equality and even how we measure time."
It took a pandemic for us to really take advantage of what the internet brings into our working lives.
According to this, it does not look like we are developing enough anti-bodies to make 'herd immunity' developing against the Coronavirus. This video explores the data.
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