There is no doubt that COVID-19 has taken much from us, many lives, many liberties, many experiences.
There have been silver linings as well.
We have come to value the things we took for granted, many simple things.
It is important to try and see some of these silver linings and lessons we have learned from the pandemic because this virus is not going away yet.
Even with a vaccine now in place, this virus has made a lasting impact on all of us.
There are many lessons we can take away from our collective experience, here are some that most people can appreciate.
Lesson 1: Health & Hygiene
COVID-19 has taken the lives of 1 million and counting, now more than ever people have really taken the time to improve and protect their physical well-being.
If any lesson came through during the COVID-19 crisis it was that hygiene and prevention help.
People all around the world took the pandemic seriously and did their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus in their communities.
You can see the change in people, how they have learned to appreciate the health they have and how precious that health really is.
Lesson 2: Prioritizing our relationships with family and friends
Lockdowns stopped and slowed us all down for the first time.
Families spent real time together, relearning each other.
We were all given a chance to reconnect and understand each other
An opportunity to work on our interpersonal relationships, let go of past issues, forgive each other, make new memories.
We got creative with how we were spending our time together.
The lesson here is we got some time back with our loved ones, yes be it under horrible circumstances but that just makes it sweeter in the end.
People were there for each other in their own ways.
If you were able to be with friends or family, even through a zoom call, it helped during these isolated times, and it made appreciation for each other shine through.
Lesson 3: People had to learn to adopt online jobs and education
During this crisis, many companies and private businesses had to figure out ways to keep the business going and still keep people employed.
Many have shifted their work routine from office-based to home-based.
People with children needed to be home with their little ones. Not everyone had this option but in the end, people made it work.
Employer and employee relationships changed for the better.
In addition, COVID-19 was a reality check and a great exercise to reassess the quality and capabilities of governments and businesses and how they had to adapt to keep people employed, educated and protected.
Lesson 4: Mental health is important
What we are going through right now, dealing with being confined, coping with boredom, going stir crazy in our homes and learning to cope with our fears, and struggling to keep our sanity.
Some people fight this battle every day, every week, every year. To simplify it further, life is made up of many nonsensical things we have to deal with, and now it’s worse due to the pandemic.
‘Recent research is showing that over one-third of North American’s are suffering from depression and anxiety — prior to the pandemic, and rising due to the pandemic’
It is not something to hide, it is real, and it is normal.
The pandemic brought to light the need and responsibility to have regular mental-health checks and care.
"Ultimately, the greatest lesson that COVID-19 can teach humanity is that we are all in this together." -Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Ultimately, we must be compassionate and empathetic because we do not know the story of the person standing in the aisle staring, we do not know the story of the person who missed the green light, nor do we know the story of the coworker who did not meet a deadline. Each story, each struggle is different and very real to the person experiencing it. Be kind.