A lot has changed in the past few months, mainly due to the disastrous effects of COVID-19 on our health and economies. It’s all happening so quickly; everything seems to be changing at a rapid pace. What’s more, there is an enormous cloud of uncertainty hovering over everyone. No one seems to have a clear idea of what tomorrow will look like.
The reality is that this virus has been spreading like wildfire. At the time of writing this article, the total number of worldwide confirmed cases stands at 1,712,655 with 103,639 confirmed deaths. Sadly, these numbers are still on the rise.
The reality is that this virus affects everyone. It knows no boundaries. It affects the rich, poor, blacks, whites, celebrities, politicians, medical doctors, nurses, paramedics, bus drivers, etc.
The reality is that the global economy has been hit severely hard. Stocks are plummeting, many businesses are closed, most countries are on lockdown, and millions of people have lost their job. The reality is that things will probably get worse before they get better.
However, despite all these sad realities and beyond all the recent headlines, is the rarest and probably the most needed of all commodities – hope.
Hold on to Hope
Whether we like it or not, we are always going to face difficult times; perhaps it’s losing your job, failing an exam, or losing a loved one. Life is full of challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic is just the most recent challenge we all must face. But, whatever the name of the challenge, hope can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hope can help you face tough challenges with a mindset that will lead you to success.
Once you start looking at this crisis with a hopeful mentality, you will be able to notice the incredible things people are doing to help one another. You will be able to find something positive when looking at the bleak data on your daily news feed. Here are a few other realities that should give you hope during this uncertain time:
- Previous epidemics and pandemics
The fact that this is a novel virus might have us feeling like this is our first pandemic. The truth is that other diseases have ravaged humanity all through its existence. Although they have their own idiosyncrasies, epidemics and pandemics have been around for centuries.
There was the Black Death from 1346-1353 which reportedly killed more than half of Europe’s population. There was also the Spanish Flu of 1918; one of the deadliest pandemics in recent history which killed about 500 million people. Then there was the Asian Flu, MERS, and Ebola. We can find hope knowing that humanity survived all these diseases, and each of them helped us to be more prepared with life lessons learned from others.
- We are already winning
Although the total number of infected cases and deaths are still increasing, it is happening at a much slower rate in some places. Different countries have adopted different measures to deal with this pandemic. One of the most popular measures adopted by most nations is social distancing. And there’s now evidence to show that it is working.
Some countries are gradually returning to normalcy. China recently closed its last coronavirus hospital because there were not enough new cases to support it. Big companies such as Apple and Starbuck are also reopening their stores in China.
- Mobilizing together
Countries might be on lockdown, borders might be closed, and most people encouraged to stay at home; yet people and organizations are still coming together to help in their own ways. Facebook recently donated 720,000 masks and 1.5 million pairs of gloves. Companies such as Tesla are hoping to make ventilators soon.
This pandemic has brought communities together. People are organizing concerts on their balconies. Others are buying essential supplies and sharing with those in need.
We are all in this together! Everyone has a role to play in helping us get through this tough time. This pandemic has helped us realize that all we really have is each other and adopting life lessons learned from others can make all the difference.