EDITOR’S NOTE: Rose T. Dunn, a nationally recognized health information management (HIM) authority, two-time past president of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and COO of First Class Solutions, shows off a keen sense of humor in this column about a few silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Awoken our need to reprioritize what is important: Family and Safety.
- Allowed us to wear the same T-shirt for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Saved gallons of water from not showering or washing clothes.
- Strengthened our IT skills or forced us to learn how to use technology.
- Taught us how to multi-task during conference calls without others hearing our keystrokes.
- Forced us to think out of the box.
- Heightened our respect for healthcare, first responder, and other heroes in the shadows, like the grocery workers, janitors, and delivery drivers.
- Tapped our innovation capabilities with concocting new recipes from what was left in the refrigerator and pantry.
- Forced us to walk outside and around our homes and appreciate the fresh air, flowers, and birds.
- Taught us the new math and other subject our children are learning.
- Gave us ample time to learn more than we ever wanted to know about our spouse and children.
- Saved a ton of money not paying for gas, lunch, dry cleaning, make-up, beauticians, barbers, and happy hours.
- Gave new life to the coral reefs and environment.
- Introduced face masks as the new accessory for our wardrobes.
- Allowed time to listen to educational webinars and watch seasons of shows on Roku, HULU and Netflix.
- Demonstrated that telecommuting can be as effective as being on-site for many workers.
- Offered us the opportunity to grow our own gardens and unclutter our homes.
- Inspired us to appreciate that giving is far better than receiving.
- Learned how important meaningful communication between family, friends, and our co-workers was.
- Taught us to appreciate life.
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Keep safe and healthy!