This Is What The News Isn’t Telling You About The Coronavirus
We all know staying indoors is our best fight against becoming infected, but what about those who would rather take their chances?
When the news first broke of the Coronavirus, everyone was challenging its legitimacy — some even suggesting it was a hoax. It wasn’t until it made its way into U.S. territory that others started to express an ounce of concern. It began with comparisons to the flu, rebellion against the advice to stay indoors, and eventually grew to a mandated quarantine for much of the nation. But in the midst of all of the news articles, the advice, the statistics, and the warnings, there are still a few points yet to be made.
My thought process has been unique in this climate as I have spent less time concerned about the people who are out and most concerned about those trapped in. I considered the student who relies on free and reduced lunches at school in order to ensure he or she eats at some point during the day. I struggled with the emotional distress brought on by the thought of those children who are now stuck indoors with their abusive parent(s). I empathized with the depressed who look forward to the distractions outside of their front door in order to push through another day. I envied the wealthy for their ability to improve the unforeseen circumstances of so many. I implored for a safe haven that battered spouses or significant others can seek during this time. I felt concern for the elderly who are away from their loved ones and without convenient access to the medication and resources that are keeping them alive. I felt frustration towards those who have chosen to ignore the people who have less than a fighting chance at survival should they contract the virus due to their compromised immune system.
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These are simply a portion of the realities not written on social media nor spoken about on the news. Our ozone layer is thriving at the lack of fumes being dumped into our atmosphere and garbage consuming our planet. The likelihood of mass shootings has dissipated.
For the first time in many of our lives, our world is at both its best and its worst all at once.
We have a responsibility as humans to consider others in our community at the same caliber as we do ourselves. A mandated quarantine isn’t just to protect you but to protect every single person you might come in contact with as well. I spend a fraction of the time I used to on social media and perhaps many of us should adopt similar habits. From what I see, our focus is less on our economy, the underprivileged, the abused, the neglected, the homeless, those with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, and the stranded and more about the impact on social status and lack of convenience a complete lockdown could create.
We are in this together.
If you will not do it for your elderly loved ones, your immunocompromised friend, or your own well-being, then do it for the child who is desperate for safety and hungry for a meal of substance or the person who needs to be back at work so they can have health insurance again and maintain the roof over their head. Do it for the single parent who is at risk of losing custody without a steady income. Do it for the infant that was born into this chaos and without the immune system necessary to survive this illness.
Whether we like it or not, this is a fight we are all participating in together. For the first time in quite a while, we are experiencing an outbreak so relentless and non-discriminatory that not a single one of us is invincible to its impact. We must use this time to be selfless and intentional with our actions.