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How The Coronavirus Changed Life As We Know It

The coronavirus hit the world like a ton of bricks. The pandemic has already impacted us economically, socially, and politically but also made us contemplate ourselves and how we live. It brought perspective on how as humans, we have conditioned ourselves to live in a small box unaware of all our world has to offer and only focusing on ourselves. By being forced to stay home for many days, we learned to think outside of the box again. It’s true that the coronavirus has changed life as we once knew. But there is no denying that it has brought to perspective many things that for so long, we as members of society, had turned a blind eye to. 

The coronavirus already has over one million victims and counting. There are so many conspiracy theories, but no one can say anything with certainty. However, one thing is for sure, we are in a race against time to save our world and humanity. It almost feels like we are in a world war but instead of fighting against each other, we have united as a people to fight off an unknown enemy that changes its tactics as soon as we catch on to it. While the world wars were two of the greatest tragedies our world has ever seen, they led to progress in science and technology and changed our world in some ways for the better, but with the coronavirus, there are no treatment possibilities or vaccinations that ensure that the world will be rid of it for good. 

The worst effect of the coronavirus on us is the loss of hope. The loss of hope in these hard times has led to many becoming depressed, and that is the greatest enemy of our time. Someone rightly said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”. But if there is no hope, how can one have faith? The truth is that not all hope is lost. Scientists are working on developing a vaccine everyday. We have to remember nobody was prepared for a disease of this level to take place. 

The most important changes took place in day-to-day life. People went from spending hours of their lives outside of their homes to staying home all day in front of screens. Studies show that the amount of work done by those who work from home has risen tremendously, students are faring much better at school then they did on-campus classes. The biggest change is in our thought process. There were many who before all this took place hated the idea of waiting in lines, did not maintain enough cleanliness, or just did not take the time to breathe every now and then. 

The Coronavirus has shown us that nothing in the world is more important than human lives. People are now taking the time to do something in their day that is important to them or gives them happiness no matter how small or big it is. There are many who have caught up with friends, family and loved ones. Some have even taken the time to put aside their differences and ego to mend broken relationships. All this because people have finally realized that life is short, one never really knows what can happen next and so it’s very important to make the most of the time we have. 

While it may seem like the Coronavirus has made life worse with all the changes, not all of the changes are bad. Like all things it too has pros and cons, and while there are many more cons than the pros it offers, it is important to focus on the good and cherish it rather than focus on the negative which will only bring us down and cause more stress, worries and problems. The loss of millions of lives is never a good thing but we should try to live to the fullest and make the most of what we have in our current situation if only to honor their lives if nothing else. It is up to us to see the negative and dwell in the darkness it brings, or find the light and be happy.