It is understandable, given everything that is going on in the world, that you are probably worrying about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) could affect you and your loved ones. Yes we must be informed. Yes we need to be aware of the risks, follow guidance, practice hand and respiratory hygiene, and protect ourselves and others. But I wanted this blog to be different – a message of light and hope. Hope that these trying times will pass if we look out for one another. Hope that normality, whatever that might be, will return to our lives soon. Hope that as a nation we will come together for those who need us.

I will follow this blog up with an informative article on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for those who wish to know more around the key facts and guidance.

I read a poem earlier today titled ‘Lockdown’ by Brother Richard Hendrick that really compelled me to change my outlook on all that is happening:

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,

Sing.

Please use any time of self-isolation to self-reflect. Keep your mind and your body active to relieve stress and anxiety. Read that book or watch that movie you’ve never had the time for. Join a live YouTube workout. Learn a new skill. Limit your exposure to negative and sometimes dangerous media outlets. Think of others. Offer to collect your vulnerable neighbour’s prescription or groceries. Donate to a local food bank. Send someone who may be feeling lonely a message that you are thinking of them.

Remember, CareFlex are still here for you and your loved ones too – we are striving to keep offering our usual services in the safest possible way. Specialist seating is still an essential piece of medical equipment and key to maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of our customers. Especially during these challenging times when safe positioning and optimum respiratory function is so important. Do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss any seating needs and how we can help.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones!

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/