Coronavirus – The brighter side | Environmental recovery | Medical element – Facts and figures | Self-reflection | Gratitude | Generosity | Final thoughts |
Coronavirus has affected hundreds of thousands of people around the world and is announced as a global pandemic by WHO. However, it is not only the novel virus that is a problem in this situation but the fear, insecurity, and all the negative emotions as well.
This pandemic is new to most of us, that is the reason people are unable to handle its consequences. They are getting panicked, fearful of the future, and scared for the safety of their loved ones.
Nonetheless, everything, whether a problem or a blessing, has both negative and positive effects. While most of us are aware of the negative aspects of COVID-19 as they’re being widely discussed on social, print, and electronic media, it’s time to look into the positive impact of the pandemic.
This is what everyone needs right now; to be able to see the silver lining so that there’s a ray of hope and positivity in the hearts and minds of people who are failing to cope with the situation.
Coronavirus – The brighter side
It’s hard to accept the fact that the massively global spread of COVID-19 has a brighter side to it but its not impossible. All we have got to do is to look for some bits and pieces of positivity in the surrounding.
For example, because of this pandemic, the world is now able to see the humane side of humans. From being kind to generous, caring, and considerate for the others, it is for sure a blessing in disguise when we talk about making the world a better place to live in.
Apart from this, protection of the environment, newly found medical treatments, spending time with family in isolation, and thankfulness for the unappreciated blessings are some of the things that people need to ponder to spread some positivity in these challenging times.
Before the global spread of COVID-19, the environmental hazards had made it a lot more difficult to survive in the highly polluted atmosphere. For instance:
- The abuse of the ozone layer due to man-made pollution has been a substantial cause of diseases including skin cancer and acute lower respiratory infections.
- Noise and air pollution because of the traffic of infinite vehicles on road causing frustration, intolerance, and anger among people.
However, the reason that a majority of the world population is working and studying from home is what is greatly helping in reducing environmental risks.
Before and after pictures on the internet can be seen about how this pandemic is indirectly making the air more clean, fresh, and clearer. There is no smoke in the sky because industries are closed and hence, increased chances of fewer respiratory diseases.
Medical element – Facts and figures
We’re humans and we like to believe in facts. All the doctors around the world have been playing their professional and ethical roles very efficiently ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 and trying their best to create the vaccine for it.
However, there has not yet been any progress in this regard but that’s only what the media has been showing on your television and mobile screens. They are not highlighting the other facts that’ll make people more positive and increase their morale.
- The mortality rate of COVID-19 patients is only 3.4% which is a lot less than recoveries.
- As of now, 10th April 2020, 1 605 712 worldwide cases in total have been reported, out of which there have been 356 986 recoveries and 95 766 deaths.
- There have been deadlier viruses in the past like Swine flu and SARS that people of all ages have survived.
- There is no evidence of the opinion that elderly people and young kids are less likely to survive the virus as a woman aged 102 years in Italy and a newborn child in Saudi Arabia have recovered from the disease and are currently with their families.
- According to vague scientific research in China, the transfusion of blood plasma from a survivor of COVID-19 can benefit 2 victims of the disease in faster recovery.
Most of these facts and statistics are not promoted by the media because of which there is more negativity and less positivity. Hence, it is important to share the information as much as possible.
While most of the world is living in quarantine or self-isolation, it is the best time to self-reflect. Here is what you can do to make the most of this opportunity of staying at home with families.
- Think about how fast life has been and what can be done now to utilize this free time in the best ways possible.
- Rearrange your wardrobe.
- Spend time with kids, play, and perform fun educational activities with them.
- Cook, something that you don’t get to do in the hectic daily routine.
- Call your friends and distant family members.
- Declutter your house and donate as much as possible.
- Inquire from friends and family about their health and if they need any kind of help.
- Cut your expenses as going or dining out is out of option, eat healthy food.
- Paint your house or rearrange the furniture for a change.
- Take excessive care of your health and remember to stay clean even after the pandemic ends.
- During this period, learn to not differentiate between people based on their race, color, or religion and help generously.
One of the best parts of this quarantined life is that we get to be grateful for a lot of things that were earlier taken for granted. For example:
- Be grateful for your sound health.
- Be grateful for financial security despite zero business and job opportunities.
- Be grateful for a family to spend time with in isolation.
- Be grateful for a government that is taking maximum precautionary measures for the prevention of the disease.
- Be grateful for all the food and other supplies.
- Be grateful for your loved ones’ safety.
- Be grateful for cooperative employers and employees.
- Be grateful for the technology that has become a big savior in staying home 24/7.
If you have all or some of these opportunities during this pandemic, it’s time to reflect on our lives and think more about underprivileged people. Consider yourself from the ‘chosen ones’ and become a source of helping out of your capacity to prove how grateful you are for this life.
Before this pandemic, everyone was so busy with their work and study routine that there was barely any time for others; people who deserve our financial support.
However, after the outbreak of COVID-19, people from all around the world have proved that humans might have gotten distracted from their purpose, but they are still here to show immense kindness and generosity.
- In Germany, people have been hanging shopping bags full of useful stuff on crossways for needy people to take without being watched.
- While most of the stores have run out of toilet papers, hand sanitizers, masks, and gloves, business owners have come forward to distribute the stuff for free.
- China has been sending personal protective equipment (PPE) and N95 masks for the medical communities of different countries like Pakistan, India, and Italy, etc.
- Small and big restaurants are delivering food for hospital staff and needy people free of cost.
- Regardless of the financial condition, every person is donating money to the government and non-government organizations for the distribution of food and grocery among the needy.
- People are volunteering for the kind cause and coming forward with their expertise, knowledge, land, and vehicles, etc. without expecting anything in return.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 is unlike other viruses like regular flu and cold. A person has to have a strong immunity to be able to fight with the disease without losing health. However, negative thoughts and scared emotions not only reduce immunity but also causes the will power to decrease.
Because of the fear of catching the virus, people are forgetting the purpose of life and causing themselves huge distress.
Therefore, amidst all this chaos, it is important to look at the brighter side of the picture to learn, reflect, and perform our individual responsibilities for fighting the novel virus with complete confidence and hope.