Life in The Time of Coronavirus

I don’t usually post my personal views on current events or popular topics, because I:

  1. usually don’t watch TV. At all.
  2. live in my own little world and keep focusing on the things that I have to do.

That being said, I thought I should address a few things that I’ve noticed in the past couple of weeks.

Number one… the sheer amount of misinformation.

I believe people should make educated decisions regarding their lives. What does this mean? As long as you fully understand the consequences of your actions, you can do pretty much whatever you want to do.

I do my best to withhold judgement, even though I might decide on an entirely different course of action.

That being said, there’s a lot of misinformation about the current outbreak of coronavirus, and this only acts as fuel to the panic, the frustration, the fear, and uncertainty most of us have to deal with on a daily basis.

People are struggling, businesses are failing, and governments are doing their best to contain this pandemic.

Even Netflix is limiting streaming quality because of what’s going on.

Now, more than ever, is the time to educate yourselves. To try to figure it all out by yourselves. And always keep in mind the fact that the truth is not as obvious as you might think, and it’s not as hidden away as you might be inclined to believe.

The media likes to sensationalize everything, because it’s good for business, and the way you share even statistics can influence people. A lot. In a lot of cases, the numbers DO lie.

Because the numbers are not just about how many people are infected, or how many have died, but also what exactly caused their deaths, what prior medical conditions they were suffering from, their age, the medical treatment they had access to, etc.

That’s why I think it’s important to seek out as much information as possible, from as many sources as possible.

And don’t just read the stuff your friends post on Facebook, or the stuff your uncle sends you from who knows where.

Don’t just read the headlines, but also the articles themselves.

Because this is a topic of immense interest, a lot of people will try to formulate their opinions as if they’re facts.

Also, I’d say that if someone’s not a doctor/scientist working on a cure/vaccine, then our opinions don’t matter that much.

I don’t know how bad this virus is, how bad this outbreak is, or whether or not there’s going to be a cure. I simply don’t know. I don’t know what caused it, what’s going to happen, or how long’s going to happen for.

It is what it is, and I don’t think it healthy to ask questions that no one can answer.

Why is this happening?

Why me?

Why now?

Because, truth be told, the answer can be as simple as, “Why not?”

That being said, I do believe that adversity only reveals who we truly are to our own selves, most of all. We figure out who we are in the middle of a storm.

And we should all use this time to figure out who we are, how strong we are, and if there’s anything we can do to better cope with what’s going on.

When there’s no enemy within, there are no outside force that can break us.

We decide how we react to whatever is going on around us.

Lastly, I encourage each and every single one of you to not become hopeless.

It’s a sin not to hope. Truly.

If you are hopeless, you think of yourself as helpless, and then you’re really screwed.

Maintain a positive attitude, make the best out of an awful situation, and keep working towards your goals. One way or another.

Thank you,

Cristian

36 thoughts on “Life in The Time of Coronavirus

  1. Well said, Cristian. We must all beware of the ‘facts’ we read, especially on social media. Some of the things I saw were written as having come from doctors in China. The doctors were even named. Total rubbish, of course, but people have been falling for it. It’s too easy for someone to make something up, including a fictitious expert, and post it as fact. Always check what you read on social media. It’s not hard to do. Just google it!
    And as to adversity bringing out your true self. Well, some people’s true selves are wonderful and selfless, while others are selfish and stupid.

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  2. in the USA, as elsewhere, we have people who hear only what they wish when it comes to anything that tells them to use common sense. In a health emergency, we have people who will do what they please, as well as those who will have “bunker” mentality. If your nation’s medical experts are saying this disease may not kill you – but WILL kill someone you infect, I believe them. As for everything else on the Internet, if you think lemon juice or vitamin C will make you immune, good luck.

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    • We have kind of the same issues here.

      People fighting over toilet paper and food in supermarkets, and taking a lot of vitamin C because… well… they think it helps them somehow.

      My girlfriend works as a pharmacist and that’s what they’re all buying. All sorts of stuff that is used to treat the common cold, because someone shared something about it on Facebook, and they believed it.

      Also, lots of fake news sites saying all sorts of stuff, like all the supermarkets will soon close because or stuff like that.

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    • This is true, what may not affect us, can potentially be lethal to others. In the USA from where I am is turmoil and trauma. I do too also see the various mentalities and frankly some of it pisses me off. Common sense is essential and too many are lacking it. Judas priest what are you going to do with a cart of toilet paper and are out of food? Eat it? I do however agree that the media loves to sensationalize everything. Again though its pretty obvious this outbreak isn’t a joke people are dying and rapidly, whether from underlying causes or not. Not everyone is in prime health and that is something well worth thinking about.

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    • I know.

      People tend to get touchy when it comes to this topic, especially the part about going outside and interacting with others.

      I think it’s best that we educate ourselves as to what is truly going on, and then do our best to remain calm and make some logical decisions, not act on panic and hoard a ton of toilet paper…

      Someone joked that this is a pandemic, not dysentery, so why are folks buying so much toilet paper?

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