“THERE has been a tsunami of advice on coping with isolation. I was reassured by the advice from the World Economic Forum (see link here: https://bit.ly/2xMj3ZO), which passed on tips from astronauts and submariners.

“It was a reminder of the importance of routine, keeping busy, trying new activities and keeping in touch with people. However, what was particularly striking was the observation by Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station:

‘COVID-19 gives us a higher purpose, much like being in space does, because we are saving lives by quarantining… it is important to understand that bigger purpose, and to embrace that purpose to give you reason and rationale for continuing to put up with the situation.’

“Without wishing to sound like a Downing Street briefing, it is helpful to remember the purpose behind our current restrictions as we wait to be together again as a community.”

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