As we all know, the coronavirus has now spread to every corner of the world, and in one way or another, we have all been affected by it. Around half of the states in the United States are in a shelter-in-place, but people still seem to just not get it. Too many people are ignoring social distancing, and others are suffering because of it. We, as a society, must come together and do what is right and healthier for everyone. I understand that it can be frustrating to stay in your house all day, but you can still find ways to entertain yourself. Start a new hobby, learn a new skill, read a book. There are so many wonderful things just waiting at your fingertips.
It may seem easier to pretend nothing’s happening, but this was Boris Johnson’s approach to the virus, and he now has it, too. We must accept the fact that this virus will change how our society functions, and maybe for the better. For instance, air pollution has drastically decreased, and the Grand Canal in Venice recently welcomed back clear waters. Instead of fighting this inevitable change, we should accept it, and the sooner the better. Already, the number of confirmed cases in the United States has risen well above that in both China and Italy.
Another issue is how our politicians are treating the virus. When some officials are on the news and speak about social distancing, it seems they are only suggesting we try to stay away from each other. I think they should be more direct when they tell people to stay inside–it could finally convince people to listen to them.
In bizarre times such as these, it is important we put other people’s needs above our own. Staying safe is the only way to make this situation end sooner. We, as a society, must come together and keep everyone safe–some of us are already making sacrifices to do so. Remember to stay inside, wash your hands, and stay at least six feet apart from people when you are outside of your house. And don’t forget, this too shall pass!