The initial call for collective action has taken on new life during our Local Week series. Throughout the week, we’ve shared insights from leading thinkers on public health, policy, community empowerment, local politics, urban planning, and more, each exploring the effects of the unfolding coronavirus pandemic at a local level – you’ll find them all here.
COVID-19 has underlined both the challenges faced in Cambridge and the strengths within the community we serve as a council. As a group we are now thinking through what our strategy needs to be over the coming months as we regroup and rebuild.
People are infected with and dying from COVID-19 in three settings. In hospitals. In residential care facilities and other non-medical institutions such as prisons. And at home.
Where you live and who your neighbours are have never mattered more. With nowhere else to go, immersed in a protracted global emergency, we recognise that the places where we live will shape our fortunes.
Learning from how people are coping in lockdown will help us make the right decisions about retrofitting existing places or designing new ones.
As we begin to look forward to the world that emerges out of this crisis, there are three types of changes to consider. Each will need to be approached in a different way, using different tools and techniques.
There’s a lot of wartime imagery and metaphor around. The battle against COVID-19. The war against the pandemic. The fight of our lifetimes. But we’ve got the metaphor wrong.
Over the next seven days, we’re enlisting the help of prominent thinkers on health, food, local government, community empowerment, and urban planning to examine the global crisis through the lens of the local.
A response led by the community and supported by outsiders is likely to be the most effective means of controlling COVID-19 in slums.
While the rapid changes we have seen in recent weeks have arisen from urgent necessity, and many carry very heavy costs, it is also true that some of these changes are profoundly positive.