Digitisation and coronavirus: Keep calm and embrace new learnings

Digitisation and coronavirus: Keep calm and embrace new learnings

By the time I came to writing this particular thought piece, the situation with Covid-19 had moved so swiftly that it needs no introduction. Countries around the world have been essentially shutting down, putting up their borders and locking down their citizens. These are truly challenging, distressing and unprecedented times.

Before I get into my stride here, I’d like to offer my sincerest condolences to all those who are suffering, directly or indirectly, as a result of this contagion. Far too many lives have been lost already, the number of which continue to rise each and every day. All of us in the gases industry are affected on some level, but it is particularly sobering to see the suffering of regions that are known industrial gas hubs – regions in which we will all likely have a colleague, client or friend in need. Northern Italy and the ‘gas valley’ of Bergamo is one such example.

Our thoughts at gasworld are with all of those affected at this time, and since this crisis began back in December.

All of this serves to underline the importance of such significant and responsible restrictions that are being applied right now. Draconian measures? Perhaps. Necessary measures? Almost certainly.

Restrictions that are damaging to business, the economy and even mental health and wellbeing? In the short-term, yes. An inescapable opportunity to learn about ourselves, our interactions, our customs and how we can alternatively approach life? Certainly, for the long-term.

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