Corona virus has provided the unprecedented opportunity for the professionals to balance their lives. Many of the countries have forced the lockdowns and the professionals are forced to work from home. This has helped many of the working professionals to go back and look at their health. Corona has indirectly helped the individuals to re-look at their health and lifestyle habits. But it has severally hit the economies. When the working population sits at home, many of the trade issues start lingering.
China which was the major source of the raw material for the whole world was brought down to the knees by this virus and the trade with China became next to impossible. Global Economies affected severally, stock markets across the world witnessed the blood bath in the share prices, and some of the stock exchanges were forced to close.
United States which was not in the list of top 10 Corona infected countries till mid of March suddenly became the most affected country, but the country which witnessed some of the first few corona infected patients is running much like a normal.
In the late January the luxury ship, Diamond Princess arrived in Japan. The same ship which carried the Corona Infected passengers to Japan. Japan was one of the first countries besides China to get infected with this virus.
All 3,711 passengers and crew members of the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, quarantined at Yokohama port due to COVID-19 infections, disembarked from the vessel on 2nd March 2020. There is a lot to learn from Japan. A News Interpretation portal published the 6 lessons every country should learn from Japan.
1. Japanese citizens wear masks when they travel.
Usually we see 60% wearing masks on normal days. Even when they catch very little cold they wear masks. This is their culture which helped them in preventing the spread of viruses. They wear the masks because they believe in the philosophy that your disease should not bother others.
Normally customer facing professionals like receptionist, govt officers, doctors, nurses, station masters, train staff, police, janitors, etc wear masks daily at work. You get to see the masks for children as well. During winter children wear kodomo masks daily so that they don’t bother others when they catch cold.
2. Japanese people lead a life where they don’t bother others.
They don’t litter anything. They use dustbins only to litter or spit. Cleanliness is the part of their culture. They were taught how to be clean and public behaviour before learning alphabets in schools.
3. They don’t do handshake but bow to greet.
A bow can ranges from a small nod of the head to a deep bend at the waist. A deeper, longer bow indicates respect and conversely a small nod with the head is casual and informal.
4. Here washing hands is a part of culture.
They have soaps and sanitizers in public toilets, office entrances and usually in every public places. Using sanitizers is pretty common which helped them to prevent the spread of virus
5. In restrooms Japanese Citizens wash their hands and also clean and wipe the sink area to make it comfortable for the next person to use it.
This is a usual practice in public metro stations too. This practice is very rare in the other parts of the world.
6. They carry wet tissue packets to clean their hands occasionally when they go out.
This culture of cleanliness makes Japanese safe from the Pandemic and the global crisis like Corona have a very little impact on the citizens of Japan.