COVID-19 – Stay Safe. Be Kind.

As this unthinkable and unbelievable challenge of Covid-19 unravels, I want to send a message of support to all of my professional community, clients and associates.


This is a time of deep concern both within our industry, nation and for our families and friends.  Whatever your role the impact of the coronavirus is massive and gathering pace on a daily basis.

I have concern for the sick and suffering already in hospital, empathy for the vulnerable and older people in our communities who are isolated and the children sent to be cooped up at home indefinitely , without the opportunity to sit their exams after years of hard work.  For all those, missing proms, taster days, performances, etc. My heart goes out to those who are self-employed now without the capability to work and not eligible for benefits or sick pay, for everyone asked to take unpaid leave, made redundant or on zero hours contracts.  For business owners making tough decisions for their business sustainability essential to the economic recovery when this catastrophe is over.

I thank with all my heart the ‘essential service’ providers who will continue to face the threat of infection on our behalf, the pharmacists and retailers, like my sister, working long and hard to provide round the clock service. The teachers, key workers, trades people, like my husband, ensuring homes and people are safe, the healthcare professionals like my friend, reassuring, treating and saving lives. The government for making tough decisions yet uniting the nation for a common goal.

I understand the fear invoked but for all those panic and stock piling leaving shelves empty – but please STOP! It’s unnecessary and selfish.

For all those angered about the tough decisions the government take, suck it up, there’s a bigger picture.

The teenagers, struggling to understand why they should stay in when it’ doesn’t affect them and can’t bare the idea of being stuck inside with family at a stage of life where they should be flying the nest and striving for independence. It’s not forever be calm and reconnect with your loved ones. Understand what is important instead of the materialistic, self-obsessed society we have become.

On the bright side

Significantly reducing the amount of carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere will at least give some short term respite to our air quality and the environment.

The slowdown in our daily routine from rushing around will help us reconnect with ourselves, family and friends even if not face to face.

It will make us appreciate the important stuff in life and not the superficial, commercial, materialistic preferences.

As shared by Ed James, (thanks Ed, reading this on your feed was just what I needed, a little bit of good news to balance the bad):

-China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.

– Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally.

– Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Canter claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus.

– A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China.

– Apple reopens all 42 china stores,

– Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.

– Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining.

– Scientists in Israel likely to announce the development of a coronavirus vaccine.

– A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in Covid-19 research.

– A San Diego biotech company is developing a Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore.

Hurrah for gin, books and Netflix

Hurrah for ‘The Body Coach’s – Home PE lessons

Conversations, relationships, love will not be cancelled

Hopefully this unites the world and all political, religious, race, gender differences will be forgotten.

What will I be doing?

Social distancing and self isolating with my family. It’s not a lot to ask, we must do our bit to protect as many people as possible.

Volunteering to deliver food and medicine to the high-risk community where needed.

Stay Calm & Carry On – Postponing NOT cancelling events. Working from home to service existing contracts and work on my own business strategy for the future and conducting meeting via Zoom and Facetime. It’s important to plan for the future, we will need to recover quickly and boost the economy when this is over.

Keeping in touch with friends and family via technology and the phone, it’s STILL SO good to talk!

Spending time teaching the kids how to cook, clean, garden, do chores, etc. Play cards and games. Learn new skill or knowledge together, exercise. (They haven’t bought into this idea yet, but maybe when the internet crashes and a month in, it may seem more attractive to them).

Trying to control my anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety check out the Insight Timer app.

Help each other to stay POSITIVE when it gets tough.

Remember to smile, laugh and see the funny side. Keep your and others spirits up. Laughter helps relieve stress, relaxes you and boosts the immune system.

Diversifying! While hospitality and events are in crisis, I will be open to utilising my skills in other industries and ways.  If you would like help with newsletters, websites, social media, account calls, data cleansing, customer surveys, get in touch. If can assist by giving time and expertise to any voluntary, charitable, community groups let me know. Drop me a line at kathryn@hello-hospitality.co.uk

With best wishes from me to you, your colleagues and your families.

Stay Safe. Be Kind.

#Believe #Dream #Inspire #Imagine

Kathryn x

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