It's been a while since I posted something that isn't a transcript from my podcast.
In fact, it's been a while since I did that too.
I wanted to add my thoughts to the current crisis that has exploded all over the world.
This is not a post related to productivity.
It's pretty impossible to do justice to every aspect, especially the amazing work being done by the NHS staff - every single one of them.
Coronavirus, the strain of which is Covid-19. A killer disease that has absolutely no borders, does not respect boundaries of any kind.
Regardless of race, religion, age or sex, it doesn't matter your rank in society, this deadly virus has struck down, at the time of writing, 75,299 people around the world.
It's a truly global pandemic, with virtually every country on the globe affected. It's still spreading.
Our very own Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is now in intensive care at St Thomas' hospital in London.
Our Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has recently recovered from a relatively mild dose of the disease.
Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for the UK, also took time out due to suffering the virus.
Our European neighbours have certainly experienced the brunt of this brute, with Italy the worst hit with over 16,500 deaths.
Whilst the number of deaths is terrifying, and still rising, the UK has yet to hit the peak! On the positive side, most people are adhering to the social distancing measures that have been introduced. Of course, there are always the few that disobey; and it could well be them that spoils it for the rest of us.
According to the Worldometers website, the UK has reported 51,608 cases of Coronavirus; of which only 135 have recovered, so far (up to 6th April)
In contrast, Switzerland have reported 21657 case, of which over 8000 have recovered.
Why is this?
Why are other countries reporting a much greater recovery rate?
The government has come in for some very serious flack around the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as for the testing strategy.
In the early stages, I believe we weren't prepared for anything like this; indeed, how many countries were ready to deal with this?
Their response has been consistent throughout, in aiming to get PPE to the front-line NHS workers, care workers and those who need it.
There will always be pockets of places that don't get as fast as others; but the effort has been made.
I'm not a scientist. I don't know, or understand, all the ins and outs - I don't pretend to know.
Far too many people, without the necessary education, are making statements left, right and centre, which are not helpful.
At times like this we NEED to trust our leadership - the government - to do the right thing.
As for the 'exit strategy'; how we come out of this situation, only time will tell.
Many are calling for this strategy to be published; not least the new Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer. What is the point?
There may very well be a number of strategies. In fact, I hope there are all sorts of scenarios that have been walked-through, with various elements detailed to see how we can start to rebuild communities.
Publishing these is not helpful. It would be confusing and it could cause much more anxiety.
When the time is right, we will be advised on what to do.
We will be advised when we can start to go back to work.
We will be advised when we can start to travel around the country, more freely.
We will be advised when social distancing measures can be relaxed.
But first, we need to adhere to the rules.
We need to allow the specialists, scientists and professionals to do their job, unhindered by constant criticism.
Coronavirus is here to stay for many, many years. It's going to take a long time before we return to our 'normal' lives. Indeed, what will be normal?
Please listen to and follow the advice: Stay at home. Protect the NHS and Save Lives.