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,


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  1. Great post, I totally agree with this, especially the part about not giving up hope. This too shall pass, we just need to be patient and take care of ourselves and our loved ones.

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  2. 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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    1. Hi from Italy 😊 I’m used to go out almost every day and now it’s very bad for me staying at home and watch movues and series all the time. I’m getting bored 😣


  3. 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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    1. 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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    2. 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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    1. 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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      1. I joked that most of the tp hoarders watched the Walking dead and not once did we see them (the characters) grabbing TP on supply runs. 🤷🏻‍♀️

        This is also the reason I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days. I’m writing every day for sure. Just can’t push that publish button.


  4. I agree with what you’ve put forth with the exception of the comment ”As long as you fully understand the consequences of your actions, you can do pretty much whatever you want to do.”.

    A person’s actions can have consequences for both themselves and for others. If I am reckless in my behavior and allow myself to contract the virus and then pass it to others, I may understand the consequences of my actions, but that does not absolve me of fault.

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  5. Cristian, I appreciate your thoughtful discussion. People need to remain faithful and filled with hope, without fear. Finding “accurate” information is vital to helping us face this virus as well.

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  6. Jumping and high-fiving isn’t my norm but I feel like doing this now. Your post was spot on – definitely time for us all to question or even choose carefully what our eyes see and read. Bravo!

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  7. Although there is a lot of hype about the coronavirus, don’t be fooled, this is serious! I am a healthcare worker in rural Texas, and I am stunned at how often I hear, “it’s not that serious. It’s just media hype.” It is not!

    Although a high percentage of deaths are elderly and those suffering from health problems, young people are being infected and hospitalized as well. Chances are, a young healthy adult will not die from the coronavirus, but there is still a real possibility that he or she will require hospitalization and/or medical intervention, More likely, he will spread the virus to someone’s loved one who will die.

    Rural hospitals do not have the resources of large hospitals. Rural hospitals often have only one ventilator, some have none. Stop and think about what that means… Rural areas do not have the resources of cities and rely on larger hospitals to accept transfer requests. When the larger hospitals are overrun, these rural hospitals will be on their own. Just because you are not seeing the issues of New York in your community does not mean this is not a “real” threat to you and those you love!

    There is a shortage of protective equipment for hospital workers. Reusing masks and personal protective equipment is NOT acceptable and much too common. Many of us who work in hospitals are resorting to making their own masks and reusing disposable equipment. In my personal opinion, there is not enough “media hype.”

    –a frontline hospital worker

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        1. It’s an introvert and extrovert at the same time. Something like that. It’s kind of weird. Actually, for me at least, it’s sometimes I am the life of the party, the center of attention, talk for 8 hours straight, and other times I can’t stand other human beings, and I just want to stay home and write and think and read.

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  8. Hello from Hong Kong! Great post. I find it interesting to see the difference between what is being said in the West and what is written in Asia. Following multiple forms of news from different countries also helps getting a better idea of what is really going on: take what is common and make your own opinion on the rest!

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    1. Hi Leo,

      Thank you!

      I believe you’re right. Multiple news outlets, blogs, opinions, reading what the governments of each country has to say about the pandemic, etc.

      We must do some serious research before deciding what to do.

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  9. Very rightly said. Its the misinformation that is causing most of the issues everywhere. Personally I blame the mainstream media. They care about ratings and so causing panic is on the agenda rather than giving the public proper information.

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  10. “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.”
    So true. I’ve seen how powerful I’ve become after clearing out all the “bad programming” which was fed to me in my early years.
    I am surprised at how much people are struggling in this current situation. People whom I assumed had everything together are simply falling apart. I meditate every day wishing for everyone worldwide to grow personally and deal with this situation in a better way. I’m still figuring out what else I want to do to help others. I recently took a personality test (plus had some other major insights) that have made me rethink my professional life. I see so many opportunities in this pandemic. It’s an exciting time to be alive!

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  11. You’re right. I don’t like listening to non-science/medical people talking about the virus because they don’t know enough to inform the public. I live in the U.S. and we have quite a number of fake news. By the way, I nominated you for an award. Please go to my blog to see the rules and how you can participate.

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    1. Fake news sites are everywhere, I am afraid. And people keep sharing those on social…

      I mean, our government has a website called “Official News.” Not kidding. That’s the name. And no one ever shares the information that is there, they share 5G conspiracy theories.

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      1. You know I think it’s sad that people in media are so keen on the constant updates/daily news that they will just say whatever available to them before proof-checking. Then there’s also audience who just go for the dramatic news which are often trivial or fake.

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  12. Hi Cristian,
    Loved this one! ‘Life in the Time of Corona’ and ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ embody the human optimism; in your words ‘ it’s a sin not to hope’. Stay safe!

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  13. Can’t agree more with you, Cristian. You’re spot on. There are thousands and lakhs of people who have got contracted the novel coronavirus in India, but the mortality rate seems to be plummeting. And there’s hope like you’ve said. Notwithstanding, the media have to taken to sensationalising because that’s their survival strategy. If the media were to give such figures for every disease, we would be dead by now. I second your thoughts, and just like you, I am not fond of watching the news. Cheers on that note, and stay blessed!

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