It’s no secret that the month of March has been one of the most challenging months in recent history. With schools and businesses closed, a global pandemic, and loss of jobs, March 2020 has certainly been a difficult time for many. But with April here and the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, it’s time to look ahead to a brighter future. Here’s what we need to see for better times ahead. First and foremost, we need to see a safe and efficient return to normalcy. For this to happen, governments around the world need to ensure they have adequate resources to stem the spread of the virus, as well as reliable metrics for measuring its spread. Additionally, governments and healthcare systems should continue to monitor the health of their citizens, so that any new cases can be identified and managed effectively. Second, the economic impact of the pandemic needs to be managed carefully. A key part of this is ensuring that those who have lost their jobs or businesses due to the pandemic are supported financially, either through government assistance or through the help of local organizations. It is also important for governments to continue to invest in the manufacturing and service sectors, in order to stimulate economic growth. Third, we need to see a community response to the current crisis. This means communities coming together to support each other and those most in need, whether through volunteering, donations, or just offering assistance. It also means learning how to better communicate with each other, both in terms of official guidance and just general discussion. Finally, we need to unite in a common cause. The world has faced similar global crises in the past and it is only by coming together that we can ensure the best outcomes. Only by pooling resources, ideas, and knowledge can we hope to tackle this pandemic and create a brighter future. Though March 2020 will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most trying of times, we must look to the future with optimism. By continuing to work together, utilizing reliable metrics, and supporting those most in need, we can make April and the upcoming months far better.