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COVID-19 & Special tribute to Supermoms around the world on Sunday 10 May 2020

On this Supermoms’ day, may we celebrate our mothers’ sacrifice, their contribution towards developing the future leaders of the world, their role in giving us a sense of what’s right or wrong. May we remember to call our mothers who we might be trying to stay away as they live in another township or homes. The pandemic may separate us physically, but it cannot separate the emotional bonds we have with our mothers.

On 31 Dec 2019, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was eventually identified.

This started a series of events, from social distancing to physical distancing, from working from home to staying at home, from cancelled flights which escalated to semi- and full- lockdown around the world. Parents having to home-school their children as schools shut down, museums around the world organising art classes online for young children, the list goes on.

Mothers we should really call them Supermoms because their job description is a summation of many different jobs. In the current state, besides the usual hybrid roles: accountant, executive housekeeper, janitor, event planner, buyer, laundry manager, photographer, they are now taking on critical role of being an academic advisor and day care centre manager. It has been estimated a mother’s income is valued around US$165,000 per annum so in the current crisis, they are probably valued much more as their jobs extend to taking care of everyone working from home now!

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