Like many of you, I’ve been following obsessively COVID-19 updates since January.

“Apollo’s arrow: the profound & enduring impact of coronavirus on the way we live” by @NAChristakis gave me a lot of perspective & a reality check.

Here’s one tweet per 📖chapter🧵👇🏽
1. An infinitesimal thing — the butterfly effect: How small, almost imperceptible events –like SARS-CoV-2— can alter the way the world operates in a matter of weeks

Do you remember how China built a hospital in days?

2. An old enemy returns.

We forget the lessons of previous pandemics for many reasons: they happened a long time ago, very few people alive today –like Marilee Shapiro Asher–can remember how it was.

What happened is not new to our species, just to us.

3. Pulling apart.

Flattening the curve did not mean stopping the epidemic, but rather buying time.

Maintaining public trust is a non-pharmaceutical intervention In itself.

As a comms professional, I enjoyed the mention of this Czech video #Masks4All

4. Grief, fear, lies.

“Denial is an old ally of pathogens”

And denial happened widely around the 🌍

The cruelty of people getting sick with COVID-19 and dying alone, will leave deep wounds in our society.

This 📖 chapter reminded me of this👇🏽💔

5. Us and them.

Epidemics are not equal opportunity killers: they almost always affect the most vulnerable.

Plagues amplify existing divisions.

The divide between those who know someone who died, and those that doesn’t matters: for some the epidemic will get more real.
6. Banding together.

One of the most inspiring chapters of the book. Remember how people came together to show appreciation for front liners?

Selfless individuals willing to volunteer in their communities, or by taking part in vaccine trials.

7. Things change.

“We have forgotten how the world used to be” says @NAChristakis

Societies adopt new behaviors during & after a pandemic.

The end of🤝?

In🇨🇭we used to give 3 kisses even to strangers.

New trends on telemedicine: more was achieved in weeks than in years.
8. How plagues end.

Eventually “we will reach herd immunity,or the pathogen will evolve to be less lethal, or after a very long time, humans will evolve to be resistant”

Epidemics have been part of human history; life will get to a new normal, plagues always end. There’s hope.

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