“I believe we can now say that we have turned the corner. This is an idiom used in English to refer to something that was very difficult but has started to improve and will continue on a positive trajectory..”

In the past, I have mentioned the “light at the end of the tunnel” as an analogy for our journey through this pandemic. The problem with that is that honestly you can see the light at the end of the tunnel no matter how far away it is. One of the amazing things about our eyesight is just how far away we can see the small flicker of light from even a single match.

For that reason I want to change the analogy. But there is some risk to it. The reason why is that If you make a claim about the pandemic and then it does not turn out, it can come back to haunt you later. Even so, I think it is time for us to make the change and see it differently.

I believe we can now say that we have “turned the corner.” This is an idiom used in English to refer to something that was very difficult but has started to improve and will continue on a positive trajectory.

I do believe that recently both Malaysia and the world has turned the corner when it comes to the current pandemic. It has been a hard 12+ months and there are still some bumps in the road ahead and a ways to still travel. I am however optimistic and hopeful that the worst is now behind us and that we will continue to improve from this point forward. Where am I getting my optimism? Well, here are just a few of the things that have happened in the last seven days.

  • The MOE announced that students in Malaysia can return to face-to-face classes. 
  • Distribution of the vaccine in Malaysia began this week and there is a plan in place to vaccinate the country in the coming 12 months.
  • Reports and articles published this week show that the infection rate has dropped dramatically in many places around the world in the last 4-6 weeks. In the United States it has dropped 77%. In London it has dropped 80%. This is not happening everywhere but it is encouraging how many places around the world have shown a decrease in the last month.
  • Recent studies have shown that the current vaccines are effective enough against the variant strains that have shown up around the world so far. 
  • Another vaccine, produced by Johnson & Johnson, requires only one jab and was approved this week by the FDA for use in the United States and will be available to other countries in the coming months.

As I said before, there are still some bumps ahead on the road and it will be awhile before it truly feels “normal” again, but I think we can be encouraged that we have turned the corner, the worst is behind us, and we are heading in the right direction.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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