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Has coronavirus killed social value? Far from it, argues Flora Samuel

So, being grateful increases immunity. I know I am extremely fortunate to be “locked down” in inner city Cardiff where the company of my family, ample parks, the whiff of the sea, space on the pavements, food deliveries from local farms, daily trips to our allotment, a pile of books to read, a low cost of living, and a (perhaps naive) craving for a more simple life reduce my fears of unemployment.

On March 26 at 8pm I and my neighbours were out there clapping for the NHS, an emotional experience. As was observed on social media, “We should do this every week”. I’d call this social value.

My heart goes out to those locked down in isolation, particularly those single households living in “studios”, office-to-residential conversions, some with no windows and some even as small as 11sq m as we know from the amazing work of my fellow Building Design columnist Julia Park at Levitt Bernstein and others.

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