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Yves Vanderhaeghen
Yves Vanderhaeghen

A year ago the world was joking about entering the new year with 2020 vision. Instead we stumbled blindly into a year in which practically all expectations were confounded, plans ruined, lives wrecked or lost, economies sunk.

Coronavirus, lockdown, covidiots were not part of our vocabulary. Facemasks were associated only with hospitals, and countries where pollution levels are dire. Social gatherings revolved around sport and family, lubricated by alcohol. Curfews were what happened in police states. Zoom was something one did with a camera lens. Trade-offs between personal freedoms and social responsibility were abstract considerations. Jobs, while scarce, were something one could strive for. Personal contact was taken for granted.

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