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It is too easy to get consumed by the doom and gloom of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Every day we are bombarded by negative stories of people losing their jobs, catching the virus, and worse yet, dying from the virus or from lack of access to healthcare.
As I publish this post, there are over 400,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and it is continuing to spread at an alarming rate.
To keep myself sane, I have been practicing gratitude every day since the start of the pandemic. In light of all the negativity surrounding the virus, there are positive aspects to be grateful for as well.
In this article, I will discuss 5 things that I am grateful for during the coronavirus pandemic. I hope this post brings a little bit of positivity into your life as well.
1. Good health
I am grateful for being young and in good health. I don’t have any pre-existing conditions that I know of, so even if I were to catch the COVID-19 virus, my chances of survival should be quite high.
I’m also grateful for my health insurance (it’s mandatory in Switzerland). In case I do require medical assistance, I know that I will be in good hands and that I won’t go bankrupt in the process.
Further, I recognize that not everyone is as fortunate as I am. That is why it is essential to take all recommended precautions such as frequent hand washing and social distancing to protect our society’s most vulnerable groups.
I am grateful for being able to stay connected despite being socially distanced and isolated.
Imagine if this pandemic took place 20 years ago. Things would be a whole lot different. We wouldn’t be able to get instant updates from our friends and families.
I live in Switzerland and the majority of my friends and family are located in Canada and in other parts of the world. Despite the large distances, I still feel more connected than ever thanks to the Internet.
While you’re maintaining social distances, don’t forget to reach out to friends and family you may have forgotten about. It’s not easy to stay home alone everyday. Loneliness and depression are also silent killers.
3. Tackling climate change
An often omitted benefit of the coronavirus is the decrease in carbon emissions. People are staying home, factories are shutting down, and airplanes are being grounded.
This has done wonders for the planet. Satellite images show a visible drop in air pollution.
I am hoping that once we overcome this pandemic, we will really start to think about permanent changes we can make to our lifestyles to combat climate change. More telecommuting options and less overconsumption sound pretty good to me!
4. Financial security
I am grateful to have a consistent income which is unaffected by the coronavirus. For now, I am able to do my job from home and my day-to-day life is largely unchanged. Even if I happen to lose my job, I have enough savings to keep me going for a while.
I know this cannot be said for everyone. Many people have lost their jobs due to the virus and they are struggling to make ends meet. I’m grateful that I’m not in this position right now.
I sympathise with everyone who is going through this difficult time.
If somebody around you is struggling, do your best to help them out. Maybe buy them some groceries or help them with a bill payment.
The last thing I wanted to emphasize is that we as human beings are in this fight together. Only through cooperation and collaboration can we tackle this problem.
There’s no purpose in pointing fingers and assigning blame. I read stories about Asian discrimination and this is just not right.
True, the virus started in China but we often overlook the outstanding job that the Chinese have done in containing the virus. We in the West could really learn a thing or two from China and other East Asian nations (Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea).
Lastly, I am super grateful for all the people in this world who are keeping things going. I am hopeful that we will find a solution soon.
Thank you to all the medical professionals who are risking their lives to save the lives of others. Thank you to the workers who keep our pharmacies and grocery stores stocked. Thank you to all the scientists who are racing to find a cure. And most of all thank you to everyone who is staying home so we can reduce the transmission of the virus!
Thank you all for your bravery and courage!
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