Has COVID-19 really been that bad for all of us?
Now, I can’t speak for everyone here, so I speak for myself. While the pandemic swept across the planet through a whirlwind and still is, taking thousands of lives every day, many of us are narrowly escaping and living relatively normally. Excusing the social events, social gatherings, shopping, days out, school being on and off, everything being restricted to a device — not much has changed.
For most of the people around me, I know that we wake up, see our families as normal and begin the day. We may not go to work and school anymore, but we still live and breathe as normal. This is not to diminish the destructive nature COVID has placed upon most people’s lives — not enough money, lack of government support and losing loved ones. However, it is to openly admit that some of us have been very fortunate, and very lucky in that we have retained our jobs, status and most of all our lives.
At time of writing this, there have currently been 125,000 deaths, and just over 4 million infected cases — both being appallingly high statistics. This has amounted to tens of thousands of people dying per months over the course of the past year, from COVID alone.
“One death is a tragedy, one million is a statistic.” — Josef Stalin
To assume that 125,000 deaths equates to 125,000 families and loved ones — that’s one too many deeply hurt and affected by the pandemic. So how come, me and so many around me have essentially ‘got away’ with this?
I’ve heard of people, not very close, who have been infected (some recovered, some were not fortunate enough to). It’s not the case where I have been completely invincible to the virus, because I too have had friends and family who have been infected — thankfully recovering.
But when looking at these figures and statistics, are most of us really to say “COVID is the worst” if we haven’t been affected in our lives by mental health, loss or the struggle to survive? If we are happy in our comfort zones at home with our family and friends, and able to retain our jobs, still have an education of some sort, should we really say COVID is the worst thing to have possibly happened.
Again, we all miss the social interactions and going to work or school or even just a short break on a holiday, but we’re doing okay.
Just something to think about, should we come out of the pandemic having learnt lessons of being more grateful and appreciative of our freedom and social interactions, or should we be relieved that we get our freedom and people back and take it for granted again?