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  • Writer's pictureRaj Pillay

It's a Frightening Time

We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, with cities and even entire countries shutting down. Some of us are in areas that have already been affected by coronavirus. Others are bracing for what may come. And all of us are watching the headlines and wondering, “What is going to happen next?”

Streets are empty, cities are silent, factories closed and skies quiet. Surely this has to be good for the environment? The pandemic should serve as a wake-up call that our impact on the environment is not just about carbon emissions. It is noted that emissions from fossil fuel combustion have dropped radically in many countries.

Coronavirus lockdowns have left fashion clothes and shoes -stores with weeks of unsold goods on their hands as confinement measures keep shoppers at home and stores shut. Since you are sitting at home and you’re not going out to events, to dinners, restaurants, to work, the need for clothes – or really the opportunity to buy – just isn’t there. Everything in your wardrobe is more than enough.

There is an atmosphere of fear mixed up with anxiety and suspicion in the air. Today, when you talk to someone, you hardly see his face, just the eyes and no facial expression. Smiling, handshakes and hugs, all have disappeared with Coronavirus. No one knows how long this situation will go on. Shall we recover our “Freedom”? How will the world be tomorrow? Shall we always hide our faces behind masks?

We are constantly checking updates on social media, radio or TV. Too much fake news which are spreading rumors and creating unnecessary panic. Shall we step away from media?

It’s vital to stay informed, particularly about what’s happening in our community, so you can follow advised safety precautions and do your part to slow the spread of coronavirus. But there’s a lot of misinformation going around, as well as sensationalistic coverage that only feeds into fear.

But social distancing comes with its own risks. Humans are social animals. We’re hardwired for connection. Isolation and loneliness can exacerbate anxiety and depression, and even impact our physical health. That’s why it’s important to stay connected as best as we can and reach out for support when we need it.

The day our work permit was approved by the government it was an immense pleasure for our staff and directors to meet again. It was not a question of working to recover our loss but the pleasure was to re-unite the TPRCL family. We are all aware that business will not be as it was before. We shall continue to work as a team and raise our flag high.



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