by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
Our Canadian colleague Jan L. Mayes reports that in Vancouver people are working together to help amuse children who can’t play with each other due to the social isolation recommendations during the COVID-19 epidemic. One of these is a “bear hunt.” Residents place teddy bears in the windows of their homes or apartments, for the children to spot and count. There are plans for similar Easter egg hunts, with pictures of Easter eggs to be placed in the windows.
These quiet activities contrast sharply with reports of people banging pans to show support for hospital workers as they go to their workplaces, or community singing from windows or balconies in Italy. Or TV host Jimmy Fallon’s cowbell challenge in the United States.
We have reported that the air has become both quieter (Jimmy Fallon excepted) and cleaner in many parts of the world as people shelter in place and avoid social contact.
This may be a small silver lining in the coronavirus cloud enveloping us all.
Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America. Dr Fink also is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’ Health Advisory Council, and he served on the board of the American Tinnitus Association from 2015-2018.