It has now been five months since the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all into lockdown, and the effects are starting to show. Relationships are being tested with family members being in close quarters; household finances are being challenged due to the loss of jobs or reduced income; and nerves are being frayed as people worry about the health of their loved ones and the future.
Making matters worse is that just when we appear to be turning a corner with the economic restart, infection rates have begun rising again. That has left many wondering if their lives will ever return to where they were prior to the virus. Meanwhile, many companies are telling their employees to not expect to return to work until next year at the earliest and we are being warned that mask-wearing and physical distancing could be the norm for several years, even with a vaccine.
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Essentially our lives have been severely disrupted, and during such times it really helps to become what the economist Nassim Nicholas Taleb calls antifragile.