I’ve been up and down my Twitter timeline and I know you guys are stressed, pressed, and maybe a little depressed. Yes, I know for some “da Rona” rained on your parade, messed up your plans, and robbed you of a full college experience. Freshmen, first generation graduates, athletes, and seniors I feel for you. Don’t even get started on all the Pisces and Aries who can’t even make plans for their birthdays. I mean, where can we go? In a time like this, it is so easy to see all of the negatives but listen, there are actually some positives of this pandemic.
Offers A Closer Look Into Our Healthcare System
If we didn’t know that our hospitals were lacking in equipment, medical tests, personnel, and protective wear COVID-19 has definitely brought it to our attention. This virus has shown us how we are failing when it comes to emergency care of this proportion. Hopefully this traumatic time that we are going through will serve as a lesson on how the government and these institutions can improve.
We’re Taking Better Care Of The Environment
Climate change is real guys and luckily (I know, crazy right) the environment gets a break with this pandemic. No one is traveling as much, especially with airplanes and gas… well who needs gas if you can’t go anywhere? The earth is loving less carbon emissions and if you like living on planet earth and breathing in fresh, clean air, you’d be kinda happy about this.
People Are Forced To Have Better Hygiene
I’m not even sure why this is a thing. You should’ve been washing your hands, not touching the toilet handle, and not covering your mouth with your hands when you coughed before we had a pandemic. You couldn’t pass preschool without properly washing your hands for at least 30 seconds. I bet a lot of people will be taking cleanliness more seriously from now on.
We’re Taking Things Slow And Easy
Many people are off of work or out of school because of this virus. An upside to this quarantine is that it is forcing us all to spend some quality time with our parents and siblings. Use this time to get to know each other better. Play games you don’t normally play. Take care of each other and make healthy meals together. During that process have conversations you might not normally have. Use these days to kick back, relax, eat well, drink lots of water, and take some vitamin C! Make the most of this quarantine with the people you love.
By Jada Daniel,Freshman, Beloit College