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It looks like Covid is all done. A year after a blog we wrote about celebrating the end of Covid19! More here
What have we learned, what should we do now, and how can we stop all this happening again?
Most people are vaxed, and the current covid strain seems to be no worse than the common cold for most people. According to government stats the positive tests graph is still rising steeply but the ‘deaths’ graph doing the opposite. In the last week nearly 1 million people of the 11 million tested have been positive and 588 have died. This equates to 80 per day of the usual death statistics of 1400 per day in the UK.
Surely this means we can get back to normal. Or is there a new ‘normal’?Have people changed their lifestyle and attitude? Have we now got used to wearing masks? Will we travel as much? It certainly looks like working from home will remain popular for both employers and employees. Will people cook more following lockdown where it seems everyone had a go and realised how easy, and satisfying, it was?
Or will there be new more dangerous strains? Are we going to have to get boosted every 3 months? If not Covid will there soon be a new, more deadly, virus?
We have written before about factory farming producing the next super virus, especially in China where 1.5 billion people are getting richer and want to buy cheap meat. Millions of stressed animals in cramped space provide the perfect environment to produce the next virus More here.
Will the new ‘normal’ mean more restrictions and testing in each country to stop the global spread of new diseases? I doubt it judging by how easy new variants of covid spread so quickly during the last year with all the restrictions and testing in place.
At BigBarn we believe that we must all try and do our bit, including:
1. Taxing dodgy imports and cut down on meat. More here
2. Getting more knowledgable about food, especially in schools. More here
3. Live in a more sustainable way, cut your emissions and tell your friends. More here
4. Cook and share instead of spend more here
5. Grow your own for fresh, safe, healthy food. More here
Interesting times! To us it is all about healthy body, and mind, and building more healthy, social, sustainable communities around FOOD.
Here are some graphs from the government website from 31/12/21. Note the similarity in graphs shape for ‘Cases’ and ‘deaths’ in Jan 21 then the opposite trend recently showing the virus is no longer as dangerous.