Ideas for dealing with the COVID 19 Pandemic – Using the skills of mediation and collaboration

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We know the rules, stay home! Practice social distancing,  wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Articles write about vaccines being developed but it is noted it may take months to have them ready for use by humans.[1]  That requires countries and communities to seek methods to stop the spread of the virus and to deal with the social results occurring from methods used to stop the virus. Borders have closed. Governments are trying to control the spread of the virus. Health care providers are trying their best to meet the needs of patients, often risking their safety. The social messages from friends and relatives, “Stay Safe.”  Coronavirus can be a killer.

In many countries, we are asking the health care system to more that they have the capacity to do. Yet the system is responding by working together, by collaborating to deal with the problem. Communities are sharing limited resources, staff, and supplies.

When responding to the Pandemic of COVID 19. We are seeing several articles and interactive meetings being organized. Peacekeeping, collaboration, and mediation groups are reaching out to communities. One approach that I have asked the creator, David Savage, to allow me to share with members of the World Mediation Organization is set out in the video Global Medical Collaboration.[2]: David is an author of the book, Break Through to Yes, Unlocking the Possible within a Culture of Collaboration.[3] and an expert in using collaboration to address difficult situations.

People are moving forward with programs to work together to share information and methods of dealing with the isolation that results from the lockdowns. It is being made clear that social distancing does not mean social isolation. The World Health Organization has published information on the issue which gives a positive message to those experiencing the lockdowns and the social distancing required to stop the spread of COVID 19. [4] Recent news is that France has devoted resources to helping people deal with abusive situations which have increased with lockdowns in the country.[5] Thus, the virus has more than one effect that must be addressed. One problem which is occurring is the mental health toll on young people and the elderly as set out in the World Health Organization article. Another is the roller coaster ride the economy is experiencing.[6]

From this short review, it is apparent that the COVID 19 virus which started approximately three months ago, is going to be with the global community for more time[7]. Global communities are working together to address the health, social and economic issues. The air is cleaner as a result of the pandemic but this to rebuild a better society that recognizes biodiversity is the challenge we face. A recent article in Science and Business, Science in Overdrive, shows that the scientific community is using collaboration to work toward methods to combat COVID 19 [8] We must now be patient and work toward addressing world challenges by working together as a global community.

STAY SAFE.

[1] “Why a Coronavirus Vaccine Takes over a Year to Produce – and Why That Is Incredibly Fast,” World Economic Forum, accessed April 6, 2020, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/why-a-coronavirus-vaccine-takes-over-a-year-to-produce-and-why-that-is-incredibly-fast/.Vaccines

[2] Savage, David B, video, Global Medical Collaboration., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAau7RrZFrs credit to  David B. Savage.

[3] Savage, David B., Break Through to Yew: Unlocking the Possible withing a Culture of Collaboration, 2018, Savage Management Inc.

[4] “Mental Health and Psychological Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic” (World Health Organization, March 27, 2020), http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/news/news/2020/3/mental-health-and-psychological-resilience-during-the-covid-19-pandemic.

[5] “France to Put Domestic Violence Victims in Hotels as Numbers Soar under Coronavirus Lockdown,” accessed April 6, 2020, https://www.france24.com/en/20200330-france-to-put-domestic-violence-victims-in-hotels-as-numbers-soar-under-coronavirus-lockdown.

[6] “Global Economic Outlook – COVID-19 Crisis Update April 2 2020,” Fitch Ratings, accessed April 6, 2020, /sovereigns/global-economic-outlook-covid-19-crisis-update-april-2-2020-02-04-2020.

[7] BI, “A comprehensive timeline of the new coronavirus pandemic, from China’s first COVID-19 case to the present,” Business Insider France, April 1, 2020, https://www.businessinsider.fr/us/coronavirus-pandemic-timeline-history-major-events-2020-3.

[8] “Science in Overdrive: Researchers Are Inspired and Exhausted by Scale of COVID-19 Challenge,” Science|Business, accessed April 6, 2020, https://sciencebusiness.net/news/science-overdrive-researchers-are-inspired-and-exhausted-scale-covid-19-challenge.

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