Cover – Preventable How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One by Devi Sridhar
Mental health charity Mind says spending time in nature is good for our mental health.
And they are right.
Being outdoors means: slowing down; breathing deep and feeling the sun on your face.
How many office-based headaches, neighbourhood tensions, or bereavement blues could be lessened by some outdoors therapy?
Of course it is privilege to simply take a long walk outdoors, after months of lockdown. But it is a privilege that 174,000 British people can never again enjoy (they are the ones who have died of Coronavirus since March 2020).
There is a story behind each of those deaths, whether they happened at home; in a hospital ward; or in a care setting.
Many deaths will have been preventable, had there been more inspired public health leadership in place, before the pandemic arrived.
No one can say for sure how many lives might have been saved if hospital patients had been tested before returning to their care homes, (or if there had been effective protective rings around those homes).
In her new book (cover shown above) Professor Devi Sridhar does ask some searching public health questions about how society can be reimagined to help reduce the impact on society of future pandemics. Taking action now might reduce the number of parents, friends and neighbours we lose in the next pandemic, whenever it occurs.
Take a look at her book, it is worth your time.