The Silver Lining Amid COVID-19: Why We Should Focus On The Optimistic Parts
Since the coronavirus outbreak started, the world is in fear and our daily lives have been transformed. Some countries have declared lockdowns where no one can go out of their houses unless you’re a frontliner. Because of this, people panicked and the grocery stores have blockbuster-in-movie-like lines that only happen during the holidays. People are ready to fight for the limited supplies to protect themselves, to protect their families against the viral disease.
This shows the new world we’re living in because of the coronavirus.
In the face of overwhelming bad news, what we need most right now are optimism, daily reminders of our better human selves and support from one another so that each of us can rise to this challenge.
In spite of all the negativity brought by this pandemic, there are still some silver linings that the world is seeing right now. It might hard to believe but, the coronavirus gave us a gift.
1. Advancing health research and science
While governments have struggled to respond to coronavirus, scientists are making the most of new tools to track and beat the virus. Scientists at Stanford University developed a diagnostic test for the coronavirus that can deliver tests in as little as 12 hours, much faster than current models. In the Philippines, scientists from the University of the Philippines invented the low-cost COVID-19 testing kits (P1,250) to accommodate the greater demand and those who can’t afford to pay P8,500 per testing kit.
2. Enabling productivity for remote workers and students
As more employers have implemented the work from home policy to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many experts believe companies will come to see that central offices and face-to-face meetings are less vital than they thought. In fact, a 2015 Stanford University study found that productivity among call-center employees at one Chinese travel agency increased by 13% when they worked from home.
In the Philippines, bayanihan is a huge part of the Filipino culture. It means community work or helping one another to achieve a certain goal. With the current situation brought by the COVID-19, more individuals and companies are extending their help through donations and free services to provide the needs of the people. In fact, one taho vendor became viral when he decided to give free taho (a usual breakfast of Filipinos on a rush) to the frontliners. Even countries help other countries to fight the virus. The COVID-19 brought everyone together to beat this pandemic.
4. People becoming more cautious of misinformation
With the rise of the internet and social media, it’s so easy for many people to believe and spread fake news. Because of the COVID-19, people have become more cautious about the information they share and make sure to only spread the facts, not fear and not fake news because what’s at stake here is people’s lives should others follow and believe the wrong information.
5. Less pollution
Due to the lockdowns and community quarantine in some countries, the roads that were used to be clogged have been cleared and the bumper to bumper cars are no longer seen. If there’s one good thing that COVID-19 did that will definitely change the world, it’s this. For weeks, the Earth can finally breathe and the people will be able to feel fresh air because there will be less pollution. There will be no smoke belchers on the roads.
6. More time with the family
One of the preventive measures to avoid COVID-19 is social distancing, hence, most people are required to only work from home or take a leave. This means, the time you spend commuting and in the office will now be dedicated to your family. You will now have the chance to spend quality time together and do the things you weren’t able to do before because of work. This is also the perfect time to reflect and spend quality time for yourself may it be in a form of relaxing or catching up the much needed sleep. COVID-19 just gave us a gift… a gift of time.
7. Starting new hobbies
Because people are required to just stay at home, this is also the perfect time to discover and start a new hobby. You now have your time in your hands. If you’re bored and tired being stuck at home, search the internet for new hobbies that you might enjoy. It could be stitching, reading, writing, photography, baking, etc.
8. Focusing on healthy living more than ever
According to health officials, most confirmed cases of having COVID-19 are aged 40s and above. While it’s not common to children and middle aged people, it’s still important to pay attention to their health. There are no treatments developed yet but doctors say that it’s important to keep your immune system strong. Because of this outbreak, more and more people are now focusing on healthy living more than ever to avoid the disease.
9. Lifting each other up
In the face of COVID-19, people need each other’s supports more than ever. In some countries like China and Italy, people are singing together from their balconies to show support to one another. We may not be physically together but our hearts are bonded, believing and hoping that this will end.
With all these being said, we don’t veer away with the fact that COVID-19 will never be a good thing as this has taken so many lives and brought more people in danger. We just want everyone to remember that in spite of our horrible situation we’re at now, we will see the sun again and have our normal lives back again.
As a reminder to everyone, it’s important to follow the government protocols to save not just our lives but also our frontliners who are sacrificing theirs to serve the public.
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