How have coffee outings and sunny days become a panorama you view from the window? Will the supply-enforced carb diet weaken our spirits? ICK says nay. The world strikes back against the Coronavirus outbreak with solidarity and incredible feats of patience and self-discipline!
Following the latest global events, we at ICK have taken the necessary precautions to keep its habitants safe and sound by closing our offices off from the public as well as its staff and waiting out the slow but sure chain-break of the virus infection rate.
The infamous new virus entitled as COVID-19 in relation to the past epidemic-like viruses of the same families known as MERS and SARS, have spread like wildfire in Europe and as travel cheapened, denial rose among the people and brought the virus in question to Kosovo.
After a progressing week of public concern and slow-rising panic, Kosovo has limited social outings to necessary errands and folks from home have been advised to stay put.
We have viewed this period as an opportunity to optimize the time that is seemingly taken from all of us but can actually be considered gifted.
We’ve all had that one list where we have expressed ideas to do things we haven’t done before, watch shows we’ve shelved, read that book that every friend of ours has been recommending, converse more with home family and even delve into buried hobbies we cherish but never have time to indulge in.
A time has come for us to blow away the collected dust off that list and start ticking off boxes like they were quarantine grocery supplies.
While we have closed its doors to keep innovative and curious minds safe, its heart hasn’t stopped beating thanks to the collective effort of every employee powering up laptops
Working together to keep our youngsters who have so much to offer healthy, and to keep our elders who have done so much still with us.
Hard times are in front of us. We will have to challenge our motivation, our group effort and perhaps most importantly; finally getting to know and live with our own selves, societal pressures and public personas peeled off.
It is a chance for us to reflect on who we are, what we value and how we fight for all that to grow, no matter how tight the walls around us become.
So, we invite all of the wonderful ongoing supporters and the people of day-to-day life to take this experience and use it to grow as individuals, as workers who give it their all, as family members who have reconnected after having had chaotic outside lives and forgotten each-other’s laughters, as artists whose fuel of purpose for life is to create and perhaps as people who can live in harmony with each other and stay inside for each other.
For now, we keep flying our flags from the inside, working hard, and investing in ourselves. And when we re-emerge, together we will be boiling with new opportunities and more impact. Stay tuned.
Advice for the Public by the World Health Organization (WHO) to keep healthy and minimize the spread:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
- Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay safe, don’t give up and become the best of yourself.