4 Important Things COVID-19 Has Taught Us…

4 Important Things COVID-19 Has Taught Us

Hope and love cure people whom medicine and surgery can’t. Nobody’s disease is hopeless, but many people are. – Kerl Menninger

The WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic as a public health emergency on January 30, 2020 for the first time after 1 month of its start in China, December 2019. Our lives have become meaningless except for mad chase for materialism. We have become unnecessarily independent ignoring family, community and national or even global togetherness. No one can alone fight such pandemics. One has to have interdependency to make life a success story. The COVID-19 pandemic has exhibited the role of co-operation and interdependence, we all together can defeat such pandemic. It was done in past several times but we forget and repeatedly do same mistake. WHO has shown it several times that how successfully endemics or pandemic can be repelled with global co-operation.

Supreme is supreme – believe in god

God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.
God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quit eyes,
Knowing thy way is wise.
God, make me brave, life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light. – Author unknown

Spirituality helped people suffering with Covid-19, especially under lockdown. Hard times and negative times require support and spirituality helps in providing it. Akua Shaballa who also does tarot reading says that, “I think the pandemic has allowed people the opportunity to take a moment to breath, to remember self and sprit”.  Spirituality gives mental calmness and reduces anxiety and fear. It is important that treating doctor and medical staff should help patient by considering patients’ spiritual beliefs.

The psychological effects of pandemic caused fear of getting infection, anxiety of losing loved ones and fear of morbidity and mortality. During this pandemic deaths are updated on TV so anxiety increased which spirituality can deal with. Spirituality has positive effects on mental health especially during crisis.

Pass time with family

The American Association of Retired People Bulletin published on March 2021that a Pew Research Center survey last summer found that 52% of the American population between ages 18 and 29 were living with parents, a figure unmatched since the Great Depression. From February to July 2020, 206 million young adults moved back with one or both parents. That’s a lot of shared Netflix accounts. It’s also culture shifts, says Karen Fingerman, director of the Texas Aging & Longevity Center at the University of Texas, Austin. “After the family dinner together, grandparents filling in for childcare, and the wise economic sense. It’s going to be acceptable for adult family member to co-reside,” Fingerman say, “at least for a while.”

The pandemic has forced us to think positively of family relations such as caretaking of parents, grandparents and children. This removes the fear of isolation especially in aged person of family. Trust in yourself, family members, friends and society. We have to believe in each other and fight together this pandemic and post-pandemic effects, verify the facts and then trust. This is why we say follow social distancing but be connected during this pandemic. “Connected with distance” was felt by everyone, as well as the advantages and lack of feeling of isolation, especially when you were in quarantine.

We saw the positive role of family, friends and neighbors. An old person with normal health condition can face COVID types of infections much better than a young one with some comorbidities.

Be positive

Norman Vincent Peale writes in his bestselling book, “The Power of Positive Living” that, Lynn Andrews author of “Medicine Woman”, says, “The life force pours out of you through the holes you create in your life through addiction. The worst are emotional addictions such as addiction to sadness, to chaos, to a feeling that we are not good enough.”

Carls Simonton, M.D., coauthor of “Getting Well Again”, asserts, “Health is the natural state of humanity. When we are in harmony, we feel better, feel more joy, and feel healthier. I see healing as a positive feedback system and illness as a form of negative feedback.”

Regardless of how much trouble you are having, how hard the going seems to be, keep your thoughts on a high and positive level. Be a believer, a strong positive believer and do it no matter how difficult, how unreasonable a situation may appear to be. Do not let yourself ever believe in the dismal pronouncements of Samuel Butler that life is “one long process of getting tired” or with Sigmund Freud that “the chief duty of a human being is to endure life”.

Sarah Pallin, former governor of Alaska, USA said after getting COVID-19 that, “My case is one of those that proves anyone can catch this. I strongly encourage everyone to use common sense to avoid spreading this and every other virus out there. Wearing that cumbersome mask indoors and in a crowd (is) better than doing nothing to slow this spread.”

Help each other

During this COVID pandemic people learned that “together we can fight any enemy whether a disease causing micro organism or an external enemy”. The corona virus pandemic is turn-up up millions of people sick, unemployed, and struggling to make ends meet

Sonu Sood, an Indian film actor who helped thousands of people during the COVID pandemic is now receiving messages about hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, medicines etc to help, and he is trying to contact people who have resources to help them.

Be in contact with people through a phone call, ask how they are and how they can be helped. Give a genuine feeling that you care for them and get connected. Be a neighbor or friend or relative, enquire about their condition. It goes long way and makes your bond better and gives courage and moral support to face tough situations. Spread some happy and good information to friends to reduce their stress and anxiety as social media is showing more about sickness, death and distastes to gain TRP that makes people depressed. Talk something good and positive.


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