Lessons Learnt from a Global Pandemic
The world, as we know, has been through its own share of ups and downs. Milestone achievements to natural disasters, we have witnessed, heard and experienced them all. Every great event, good or bad, has taught us a specific set of lessons to take from these events. Where man-made disasters have taught us to realize when to take a breather similarly natural disasters have shown us to tread carefully with the balance of nature. The current global pandemic is no different an event that will go down in history and consequently be followed by a particular set of lessons learnt from the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few noteworthy points to revise:
1. Where there is a will, there is a way.
People from all walks of life have come together in ways that had only been imagined before, let alone seen becoming a reality. Alternate means of leading life in isolation (avoiding the very innate nature of humans to socialize and thrive) has become a form of normal that no one would have expected being an acceptable possibility. Prospects that seemed to touch the realm of impossibility like working from home, large-scale decrease in pollution and limited human contact have not only been made into our living reality but are accepted as a temporary substandard for survival.
2. Prevention is better than cure.
A resonating mantra that has shown time and again that there is no better cure to any illness than prevention. Quarantine protocols and self-isolation steps have been taken by both the governments and individuals on a global scale. Emphasis made clear from the beginning that victory lies in isolation and therefore, necessary precautionary measures need to be taken by the public to avoid the spread of COVID-19. From widespread production of surgical masks, disposable gloves to nationwide sterilization programs. All at the cost of regaining some control over the Pandemic.
3. Not all those who are vulnerable are weak.
Countries labelled as developed and leading in the science and economic fields don’t necessarily have the answers to all unexpected questions of healthcare and prosperity. On the other hand, regions that have been seen to fare better than most have surprisingly come from impoverished or underdeveloped reputations. This is one of the biggest indicators that a virus does not discriminate based of of the abundance or scarcity of resources, knowledge or riches of a country.
4. Not all wars are won with soldiers and weapons.
Not all wars are won with soldiers and weapons, but rather with soldiers armed with knowledge and a strong will to save as many lives as possible. Healthcare workers have shown an admirable and resilient front in the face of COVID-19 with inhumane efforts to curb the spread and nurture the infected towards a full recovery. The efforts of the healthcare sector on a global scale will go down in history. Marking a new era for investments to be made impartially towards every pillar of society that holds a country together.
5. Security is the right of every citizen and the duty of every government.
The most vulnerable class of society has been shown a great zeal of protection and care due to the pandemic, visual evidence confirming that when the world unites on local or international levels, then even the weakest members of society can feel secure. It is observed when a common goal needs to be met and the survival of the human race given priority, leaders can put differences aside to lend a helping hand.