Leadership and Culture
March 18, 2020

Finding hope and value from these difficult times

Written By:
Karn Manhas

To say that we are living through strange and stressful times right now is an understatement.  

As an entrepreneur and a leader, my first concern is for the health and safety of my amazing team, their families, and our wider community. To help #StoptheSpread and #FlattentheCurve, Terramera has transitioned to a remote working environment for all who are able. In our greenhouses and lab facilities, we have ramped up sanitization efforts and moved to a skeleton staff to ensure appropriate social distancing.

As difficult as it has been to #LeadBoldly and adjust to this “new normal,” there’s also reason for hope. In the face of crisis, we’ve seen people pulling together and helping one another. We’ve seen innovative new approaches to work and incredible adaptability. And we’ve seen that science and technology, now more than ever, matter. The global response to COVID-19 has shown how public health measures informed by science and made possible through technology are vital to our collective health and survival. That’s inspiring to me and to everyone at Terramera. After all, we’re united by a belief in the potential of innovation to improve the health of our planet, and the people on it.

Whether it’s breakthrough research of Canadian scientists learning more about the virus or innovative treatment options making a difference to COVID-19 patients in India, what we’re seeing in the response to this global crisis is an incredible demonstration of human ingenuity. We’re also seeing people use technology to connect and collaborate in new ways to maintain our social ties and help people in need. And, the worldwide imperative to slow down our busy lives may ultimately prove to have some positive impacts on the planet, and inspire people to live in a lower-impact, more conscious way.

I’m not downplaying the challenge we face, or saying getting through this will be easy. But I think it’s important to keep a focus on solutions, opportunities and our potential for greatness as we get through this together. For now, here’s some additional reading for anyone looking for some good news, and light down this tunnel:

- China has closed down its last coronavirus hospitals because there are not enough new cases to support them.

- Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against COVID-19.

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

- Apple has reopened all 42 China stores.

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

- Scientists in Israel are likely to announce the development of a Coronavirus vaccine.

- China approves clinical trials of coronavirus vaccine.

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

- Tulsa County’s first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery.

- All seven patients getting treated for COVID-19 at the Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered.

- Plasma from newly recovered patients of COVID-19 can treat others infected by the virus.

Stay healthy and stay positive, everyone. We can do this together. And if you have stories of people pulling together or finding hope right now, please share them for everyone below.

Originally published on Karn's LinkedIN.

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