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Coronavirus: Staying Positive Matters During Current Crisis

Sanjana Butala

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has gotten the best of everyone, including me. It is terrifying, frightening and upsetting. The rate at which it is spreading is alarming. Moreover, the media doesn’t do a very good job of shielding our fears either. Everything that I have been hearing about Italy, Iran, Spain and other countries is terrifying, and I hope that all the precautionary measures that our nation is taking will prevent the United States (U.S.). from reaching that stage. I have been keeping myself updated with the news regularly, and the cases in New Jersey and the U.S. are increasing everyday. The virus has infected many, but has affected a lot more.

The closures of schools, libraries, colleges and the curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. are all very limiting. I understand their necessity, but it prevents us from engaging in numerous regular activities. I feel bad for high school seniors whose graduation ceremonies were cancelled this year, and for college and grad school applicants who couldn’t participate in activities that they originally planned for this summer break. Interestingly, this year we haven’t had much snow, and over the course of spring break, we have had really good weather. Yet, the quarantine and spread of this virus has restricted us from enjoying the sunny weather and spending time with our friends and family. I am certainly enjoying the online class procedure from the comfort of my home, and this experience has encouraged me to consider online classes as an alternative for the sake of convenience, yet I do miss meeting my friends at college and interacting with my professors and co-workers.

However, I feel that this virus has also promoted a number of positive changes in human behavior. The virus has exemplified the importance of sanitation and cleanliness in ways we couldn’t have imagined. While people are definitely hoarding supplies like the world is going to end, at least they made the attempt to bring these supplies home and make use of them instead of ignoring them. 

This pandemic has also changed perspectives for so many of us. While we can’t go out, spending time at home has forced us to use our creative minds to do things beyond the use of electronic gadgets. Some of the people I am in contact with tell me that they have started taking jogs in their communities or exercising. Others have finally watched that movie they have been wanting to for so long or made that scrapbook they had been putting off for years. Families that were often away from each other due to work and school, are now able to be together and realize what it means to have dinner at one table, which consists of looking each other in the eye and having a wholesome conversation. 

Everybody, having no better suggestions, has started to indulge in activities that someone else likes rather than what they would have before. Every person is taking that extra stride for someone else, rather than always letting their world revolve only around them. 

I strongly feel that despite its widespread mayhem, COVID-19 has been a blessing in disguise for all of us. It was a wake-up call for all of humanity. It was Mother Nature’s way of curing herself. I am definitely not rejecting the fact that COVID-19 has been a terror for all of us and that the havoc it has wrecked overpowers any of its positive consequences. Yet, I firmly believe that we must not overlook the numerous optimistic patterns that this virus has encouraged. 

As far as curing the disease is concerned, there is extensive research going on to discover a vaccine that will put an end to COVID-19 once and for all. It is now necessary, more than ever, to maintain a positive outlook and a sense of optimistic conviction; let’s look at the bright side. Nations that were severely affected in the past are now on the road to recovery. Stores are being reopened. Hospitals are discharging patients. Recovery is possible and this is not the end of the world. Right now, the virus is testing our patience. We all need to conquer our fears and make the most of our situations. Patience is necessary and panic is not. 

From what I understand about this virus, it primarily affects aged and elderly people or people with vulnerabilities, former health conditions or weak immune systems. With the proper precautions, there is a high chance a greater part of the population will be perfectly fine. However, I do think that it is still important for every single individual to execute appropriate measures to ensure good health. The virus may not affect a healthy individual, but such an individual might act as a silent carrier and infect a person with weak health. Regardless of how strong we feel we are, we should all undertake these precautions for humanity as a whole.  I feel that now is a time for all of us to come together and not just keep ourselves safe but also take care of the ones around us.

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