Weeks into a new decade, the world as we know it would be gripped by a global pandemic shutting down just about everything, from schools to gyms to church services.
For months, families were separated with nothing but floating heads on screens as a means of connection. Milestone moments were celebrated online with virtual speeches and toasts. Meanwhile, frontline workers routinely risked their lives as hospitals heaved with COVID patients requiring medical attention.
If it wasn’t people fighting for the last roll of toilet paper in the supermarket, it was celebrities deciding that the world needed an all-star rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
So when a study on the pandemic published last week in the British Medical Journal claimed that “among general population studies, no changes were found for general mental health,” people online were swift in shutting it down.