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Coronavirus Afternoon Digest: Calming your mind & it could be six months before normality in UK - stories you may have missed

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Businesses have warned that the coronavirus crisis will impact workflow and an expert in the UK has warned that life could take up to six months to return to normal post-lockdown.

Independent.ie reporters are bringing you the latest coronavirus stories you may have missed today.

Businesses say crisis will change how they operate

John Mulligan reports

Nearly two-thirds of business leaders here believe the fallout from Covid-19 will permanently change the way their firms operate.

Some of them also think that working from home - now the new norm - is more cost-effective.

The survey of 900 business executives, conducted last week by Irish recruitment consultancy Osborne, also found that 55pc of them are very worried for the survival prospects of their companies post-crisis.

Almost half, 45pc, are concerned about the long-term impact the crisis will have on their mental health.

The survey found that 62pc of executives surveyed have seen a reduction in business activity, with 30pc having had to cut working hours at their businesses.

Of the employers who have offered the Pandemic Unemployment Support Payment to staff, 71pc are not in a position to top it up for workers.

"Aside from the results of the survey, we got a huge amount of informal feedback and concern from employers seeking the Covid-19 wage subsidy payment for employees," said Osborne chief executive and owner Shona McManus.

Life in UK will take six months to get back to normal

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Exhaustion: The daughter of a migrant worker sleeps on the side of the road in New Delhi after they failed to get a bus to return to their village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus in India. Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Exhaustion: The daughter of a migrant worker sleeps on the side of the road in New Delhi after they failed to get a bus to return to their village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus in India. Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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Exhaustion: The daughter of a migrant worker sleeps on the side of the road in New Delhi after they failed to get a bus to return to their village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus in India. Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Sam Blewett and Joseph Wilson report

Normal life will not resume in Britain for at least six months, a top medical adviser has warned, just as the UK government placed all parts of the country on an "emergency footing".

Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, said the nation would not be in "complete lockdown" for half a year but said social distancing measures would be lifted only gradually.

Dr Harries said the three-week reviews on the measures to slow the disease's spread were likely to continue for six months and that their success would be judged on slowing its rate.

A sudden lifting could see the nation's sacrifices "wasted" with another spike in deaths, which have reached 1,228 in Britain, a rise of 209.

Social distancing and emotional development

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Forced apart: While social distancing is keeping us away from people, being confined in close quarters with immediate family could badly strain relationships. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Forced apart: While social distancing is keeping us away from people, being confined in close quarters with immediate family could badly strain relationships. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Forced apart: While social distancing is keeping us away from people, being confined in close quarters with immediate family could badly strain relationships. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

writes David Coleman

How are you surviving your enforced family time? I think many of us are finding it more stressful than we imagined. At first it may have seemed a bit like we needed to plan for the kids as if it were a school holiday, but the level of social distancing required has meant that few of the things we normally do during holiday times are feasible.

The fact that we must currently forbid social gatherings for our children may also be provoking some nervousness for parents, as we worry that all of this isolation may impact on our children's sociability and the social and emotional development that is usually promoted by hanging out with, and playing with, their friends.

Even if we arrange to go for walks and come across other families we know, we have to keep at a distance that prevents the usual running around, hugging, tumbling, or horseplay that might occur in their play together. So, in their play, they won't have any of the usual physical closeness that they might have enjoyed with friends.

Move your body to calm your mind

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Siobhan Byrne writes

In these unprecedented times our sudden lack of routine and the need for social distancing can mean that our fitness can really suffer, and soon to follow, the waistline. Above all else there is one main reason why fitness is such an important part of life - and that is it makes you feel good. When you exercise you release endorphins and that, simply put, makes you happy. At times like this it's really important to keep that going, not just for you but for your entire family.

As a mom, I completely get how difficult it is to entertain the kids all day long without the use of technology, but adding in fitness routines that the entire family can do can be a great start in structuring your day. As we start to see sunnier days, although cold, it's a great opportunity to get out to the garden with these simple but effective bodyweight exercises that work out the entire body and will get the heart rate up.

Even for my own family, not having a specific structure to our day can mean picking at foods throughout the day that you wouldn't usually pick, which can quickly lead to sluggishness, lethargy and weight gain. So, get up and get moving with this 15-minute workout which will keep you focussed, make you feel great and keep your fitness level up.

Pick a time and stick with it to make exercise part of your daily routine.

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