Has the Pandemic brought the Best in Us?

Editorial

Zakaria Virk

Coronavirus has been raging devastation all over the world since December 2019. Despite hardships caused by the zakriaoutbreak that have turned lives upside down, led to lost jobs in the millions, innumerable deaths, and forced people to be separated from one another, the questions arises has this pandemic also brought out the best in us? Or in some cases the worst in us?

While it is bringing out the worst in some it is bringing out the best in many. All around us, people are making personal sacrifices to get society through this. And if the rest of us follow their example, perhaps we can build something meaningful and long-lasting out of a challenging situation.

Nobody knows how long this pandemic will last, but experts suggest it could be many months Until then, this somewhat dystopian reality we’ve wound up in is our new normal. Empty streets, full homes, cluttered minds. Some young people in Tuscaloosa Alabama have displayed disgusting behavior by throwing parties where people who have coronavirus attend and the first person to get infected receives a payout. Some refuse to wear mask saying it is an encroachment on their civil liberties.

During all this one person has downplayed the virus by saying: it is a hoax, one day it will disappear, it will go away stay calm, its conspiracy against America, its fading away, more tests so more cases, and we have it under control, 99% of cases are totally harmless. So far he has made 2783 false claims, referring to it as China Virus.

Asian Americans are facing a range of threats and challenges during the coronavirus pandemic — virus which has killed more than 148,000 in the U.S. alone, more than 600K worldwide. People of Chinese descent are being harassed, spit on and their businesses buy-cotted. There is spike in hate crimes because some people associate Covid 19 with China and Asian population.

Medical staffs have been readying themselves for what could be the healthcare crisis of the century. Retired doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners are coming out of retirement to assist. Also working long hours are those involved in supplying food and medicine to households, from farmers to factory workers, truckers to store employees.

Many doctors have succumbed to coronavirus. Although schools are closed, but lots of teachers are still working. Banks, Pharmacies and grocery stores have implemented “seniors’ hours” so that the elderly, other high-risk groups can shop more safely. Yes, we’re all in this together, albeit there is no light at end of the tunnel.

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