Cllr Bev Craig, Manchester’s Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing says that how we act in a time of need is a mark of how we act as a city.
I really didn’t want to talk in military terms about how we act as a city in the face of coronavirus.
But, it is true: we are taking on adversary, albeit in a viral form. And, for most us, we won’t be too badly affected by it. Yes, it’s true we could have inconvenience and flu like symptoms, which are definitely not pleasant.
But, where the real risk lies, is if we then spread the virus those people who may be vulnerable, older or have underlying conditions - who could be far worse affected by it than the majority of the city. That’s why it’s all the more important for us all to follow advice on self-isolation and hand-washing.
But, I’ve seen Manchester react at other times of adversity: and the thing that I know is that when it’s needed the community spirit in this city is nothing short of magnificent.
Our city knows that how we act at a time of need is simply an extension of how we act in daily life. Offering that hand of friendship and thinking of others are all part of the Manchester magic that happens every day.
We're currently developing a raft of plans for how we respond as a city both now and in the long-term. With that in mind, we'll be asking our communities for their ideas on we work together to make sure that people are not left lonely, frightened or not sure how to get help and support.
We all know the right thing to do and that’s just one of the things that makes this city and its people great. When times get tough, we pull together and if there is a fight to be had, we know that the foe in this case is a virus.
History books often chronicle the unexpected happiness levels during time of war: when communities working for a common goal felt high levels of camaraderie and satisfaction.
That will be us. Because we will know that this is a defining point in our time: where how we act now not only teaches our children about looking after each other, but can keep us all united in a goal that affects us all. So, yes, there is ultimately a battle to be had: but let’s take comfort from being on the same side.