Lessons from Covid-19: Could a New Normal Lead to Better Brains, Bodies, and Societies?
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In the age of Covid-19, what is the new normal? How many of us have been experiencing the heady cocktail of confusion, anxiety, and even some surprising moments of respite from our recent-past busy rise-and-grind, hustle culture routines?
- don’t touch your face, wash our hands-don’t be obsessive though;
- cover our coughs with your elbow-not a tissue;
- social distance-with no interaction, or maybe with some interaction, just watch for your local businesses as you’re sheltering-in; and
- no matter what, don’t panic—you should be scared, but please, stay calm.
The Covid-19 reminds us that also that the problems and solutions for a virus like this will not be found exclusively in a laboratory. A pandemic poses significant rippling societal effects, and the global mood has been affected.
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We’ve all seen the worst parts of technology, especially digital technology use and its manifestations of social media stories full of fear and panic-feeding messages, many tales loosely based on legitimate sources.
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In response to Covid-19, many developers are offering free online tools, they can be used as a means–not an end–or self-reflections, developing better sleep, exercise, and self-care habits for better mental health. And cultivating these habits in this disrupted moment of hustle culture, can have significant effects not just apparent with changes in mood, but, over the long-term, with physiological changes we may not be aware of such as changes in the immune system which has been revolutionizing how might tackle mood disorders.
Alvaro Fernandez is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains, an independent market research firm tracking applied neuroscience. A recognized public speaker, he has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Reuters, and Associated Press, among others. Alvaro is the Editor-in-chief of seminal market reports on Pervasive Neurotechnology and Digital Brain Health, and co-author of the books The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness and El Cerebro Que Cura. He is a member of the Global Future Council on Technology for Mental Health run by the World Economic Forum, and a member of the Global Teacher Prize’s Judging Academy.
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Rommelfanger, K. & Fernandez A. (2020). Lessons from Covid-19: Could a New Normal Lead to Better Brains, Bodies, and Societies? The Neuroethics Blog. Retrieved on , from http://www.theneuroethicsblog.com/2020/04/lessons-from-covid-19-could-new-normal.html