Finding the 'Good' in COVID-19
Acknowledging it could rub people the wrong way, I feel compelled to explore this question. The feeling started when air travel restrictions fell into place. As one of the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions, I wondered how this drastic industry-wide regulation would impact air quality. It would be like giving the Earth a chance to take a quick gulp of fresh air. Not long after, the city of Wuhan and then the entire Hubei province went into lockdown, closing all factories. As of this writing, China’s reported death toll stands at 3,345. Estimates from environmental economist Marshall Burke say that this reduction in pollution ‘saved’ 50,000 lives. He derived this number using predictive models from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing when the government put into place massive efforts to curb pollution for the athletes. For more, read this Freakonomics podcast. There are lots of question marks around the statistics coming out of China (e.g., numbers withheld, missing data, deaths from people who died from other causes because they could not receive medical care due to overrun hospitals, etc.), but the takeaway is that a brief reduction in production/consumption can have a huge positive impact.
But positive for whom? For what? In my sustainability class, we often draw the famous Venn Diagram on the board with overlapping circles representing society, the economy, and the environment. Our discussion always comes back to how it is impossible to isolate any one component. Every decision or action impacts all three—and it is almost impossible for it to be uniformly good or bad for each stakeholder. For instance, if McDonalds increased its minimum wage to $15/hour, it would help employees financially and psychologically (good), but they would have to either raise prices (bad for customers) or reduce profits (bad for shareholders). Let’s consider COVID-19. It is a massive negative shock to the economy (bad) that kills people (bad), which decreases air pollution temporarily (good), which saves lives (good), but also puts people out of work (bad), but brings communities together in solidarity (good). And on and on.
Going down that road, the ‘bads’ would certainly outnumber the ‘goods’. So then what good can we possibly takeaway from COVID-19? Perhaps it is the chance to pause and reflect. Sometimes it takes a catastrophic event to make us re-evaluate our current situation. We’ve heard “this is our Pearl Harbor moment” and “this is our 9/11 moment” but those were just that, moments, and they were also moments for the United States. I acknowledge that those events linger to this day, with people and places still healing. But we are not in the midst of a national moment, we are living through a global movement, and at the risk of sounding trite, I think the potential for positive social change is what we need to takeaway.
That is a tall order. We are entering a global recession that will have lingering ripple effects on quality of life for the foreseeable future. Unemployment is increasing, whole industries are shutting down, and the most vulnerable communities (e.g., the elderly, minorities, lower socioeconomic groups) are being disproportionately impacted. In short, it seems hard to excavate any lasting positive outcomes, but let’s give it a try.
Perhaps the most obvious beneficiary is the planet. With fewer cars on the roads, fewer packages being shipped, fewer flights, and less movement of people, we are reducing our impact on the environment. But I argue there is a positive outcome for the social component. My small town of Athens, Ohio, almost immediately forged an unspoken and unwritten charter to support the local businesses. It happened organically through grass-roots social media, but mostly because people are committed to their community and they want to help the individuals who comprise it. This crisis has also forced us to be innovative and creative in how we communicate and how we do business. We are witnessing the human capacity for empathy, courage, ingenuity, and compassion, and this is true in communities across the globe.
Americans often reflect on the weeks following 9/11. The feeling of unity, the waving of flags, the singing of patriotic songs. Once trivial occurrences took on meaning. Every Major League Baseball game was an excuse to bask in the glow of national pride. But those feelings dissipated. Politics and politicking took over, and the ‘back-to-normal’ mentality washed away the harmonious collective identity built in response to that tragedy.
So what will our global mentality be like when we get ‘back-to-normal’ from the Coronavirus? I’m not naïve to think that this feeling of global solidarity will last forever, but I do hope we take the opportunity to re-evaluate our current systems and how they interact. This involves our political systems, economic systems, ecosystems, social institutions, and many more. We need to use our positive reactions and adaptations to this pandemic to shape future policy. We have uncovered new ideas and dormant methods to solve problems that are not specific to time of crisis. These approaches can be applied by policy-makers even when this situation moves to the back burner.
When the virus started to spread outside of China, experts said that countries should prepare because it was a “not-if-but-when” situation. Similarly, this crisis will end—there is no ‘if’. The only ‘if’ is whether or not we learn from it. If the environment is cleaner, people are kinder, and the economy is innovating, perhaps there is some good that can come from a global pandemic?
4/13/2020 01:56:13 pm
I think talking about the good that can come from a bad situation is always necessary. By doing so you instill a sense of hope for me personally it almost rationalizes something that isn't rational at all. Like you said, talking about the good coming from a global pandemic killing thousands of people and turning our lives upside down can rub people the wrong way but it's important to look at. With the CO2 emissions lowering around the world because of the reduced number of cars and planes traveling along with water quality improving in the Venice canals, there is visible change happening and good change at that. I've seen a lot of posts on various social media platforms about how there is hope that after this is over people continue making these changes and I can't help but agree. I don't think I have ever seen so many people taking walks, myself included, or cooking at home. Kids are playing outside again and families are having game nights. I have also seen a sense of community in Toledo and everyone is supporting local business whether it be by ordering take out or purchasing shirts where the profits benefit the companies. I hope these are the changes that continue beyond this global crisis and I hope we all remember what is truly important in life.
4/13/2020 02:12:54 pm
I think talking about the good that the coronavirus has had is very positive and uplifting. Whenever I turn on the tv I only hear about the negative aspects and people dying which eventually takes a serious toll and is depressing. It is very sad to see all these people dying, and almost everything getting shut down but it is good to see the CO2 emissions being lowered. I feel as though after this crisis is over people will be much more grateful for everything, and it will definitely bring everyone together. I see many people supporting local businesses, and doing whatever they can whether it is to order take out or make donations. I have also seen a lot more people use the metro parks or start running, which many people had never done before this. For me, the gyms being closed has been very difficult but it has forced me to adapt to working out at home and running. I hope this global crisis changes everyones viewpoint and makes everyone realize how fortunate we are to have everything that we do.
4/14/2020 10:30:50 am
I completely agree. We are only getting the negative aspects of this COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously, it's heartbreaking, everything that is happening. But, it's important to get some positive insight too to give everyone hope and something to hold onto.
4/13/2020 03:23:11 pm
Posting the question of trying to find good in COVID-19 seems like an impossible task, with negative things constantly occurring one after the other. But to every dark situation a good outlook can always be found, just finding it is a difficult task. Viewing this question as a sustainable marketer a major positive outcome I see is that for the environment, giving the animals time to rebound and explore without a threat of humans. As well as CO2 emissions skyrocketing down because of an essential stop of the economy. This outcome of COVID-19 is a huge positive because it can show how well the environment can bounce back if we can make changes. Another positive that came to mind was after watching the documentary from class about minimalism, being stuck inside can make everyone lose their minds a bit, but having something to do can help a lot. The minimalist documentary could give people the idea to go through old things and unnecessary stuff to make us feel less stressed and start feeling better less dependent on having things and more on our self. A final positive from COVID-19 that I believe the world is presenting us with giving everyone a chance to just take a second and reflect and relax. We as humans live such a fast pace life always on the move nonstop, we can finally have some time to spend with friends/family, or even to give us time to consider our own lives and what the future holds. The point made about local businesses in Athens, Ohio is something I see as well being in Athens! It is extraordinary to see people stuck in solidarity reach out to help the small local businesses that are struggling even in times like a pandemic people still help others! While being stuck inside and not being able to do things we love or seniors losing their last year in college, when everything seems negative or a lost cause, we need to find some positive outlook for us. Overall COVID-19 has put a stop to most people's lives, we can turn this negative into gaining something from it. We as a community can stick together helping one another, spend time outside and enjoy the outdoors, plant a tree or a garden! Self-reflect and declutter your house getting rid of unnecessary things! COVID-19 brings many negative things but we need to try and find the positive side to this overall negative situation!
4/13/2020 05:43:21 pm
In my opinion, I do believe good will come out of this pandemic. It seems a little sour in the mouth to say because of all the suffering people are experiencing, but in the long run things will change for the better. People are consuming less and appreciating the lives they took for granted. People will change because they are being forced to, but the question is, will the change last long. As you mentioned in your blog post, after tragedies like 9/11 people feel a sense of unity. There will be a sense of unity after this pandemic and the second everything is back to normal I will not take anything for granted. I am just curious to know how long the sense of unity will last. I am hoping it will last a long time and there will be positive change.
4/14/2020 07:48:49 am
This post was very uplifting and I enjoyed speculating all of the possible ways things could change as this pandemic comes to an end. I've thought about the environmental impacts from this pandemic, but never really thought it would make that significant of a difference. I assumed that people would just revert back to normal whenever possible. Normal consumption habits and a normal outlook on life. But what if that's not the case? I certainly can hope that we see change as a result of this crisis, but how can we really know?
4/14/2020 08:00:44 am
Although I think it can be difficult to see the good in such a horrific time, this post really gets the conversation started that despite the negative impacts COVID-19 is having, good can come out of the situation as well. Going off of the idea that this pandemic is referred to our "9/11 moment," though it is not quite the same, maybe it will help us change society in small ways like that moment did. For example, after 9/11 there has been a huge increase in airport security and other precautions that may prevent another devastating event. Maybe if our society learns as a whole, we will take precautionary measures not just to save ourselves from another pandemic, but we will help each other and the environment around us. The Venice canals have become clear, with fish, crabs and plant life returning. I feel that this is a symbol of hope, that our society has the ability to help the ongoing environmental crisis that is often brushed over, it is just a matter of global leaders taking the energy and effort to implement change.
4/14/2020 09:02:35 am
I also hope the solidarity lasts beyond the pandemic. I can see why finding silver linings might be insensitive, but I can also see how it helps us overcome sadness and fear in this time of uncertainty. I live in a very small rural community of ~ 3000 residents, and it really is amazing to see how much everyone has come together. People are still supporting local businesses in any way they can, and a lot of people are sewing masks and distributing them to their neighbors (in a sanity way of course). My community was tight-knit to begin with, but I am grateful that everyone is taking social distancing seriously and helping each other out. I think that we are going to have a "new normal" after this, and possibly a second wave of the virus once we start leaving the house again, so I hope everyone can continue on with the positive outlook and sense of unity. Though there aren't any true upsides to a global pandemic, there is no such thing as what could have been, so we might as well accept what is happening and play our part. Good things don't come out of the pandemic, but they do stem from our actions and outlook.
4/14/2020 09:10:33 am
I really, really enjoyed the read on the short term and long term speculation of COVID-19. I found it very interesting where you said a "brief reduction in production/consumption can have a huge positive impact." This has opened my eyes during the time of COVID-19, as I've been seeing pollution clear up in cities and some cities are now given the ability to see the sun clearly again. It really goes to show that the rate humanity moves on an everyday basis, is not sustainable for our race to move so fast that we are killing ourselves, and at the same time, this beautiful planet we live on. There are going to be many ways that we are going to have to change after things creep back to "normal." I don't think that the switch will flip overnight, but I think as a vaccine approaches, returning to "normal" will have more of a time frame. RIght now, it is scary that the future of our economy, health system, human race, etc are all being put to a test. It is up to us in our immediate families...whether it be blood family, Bobcat family, neighbors, extended family, etc. It is that time to put our differences aside, and look out for those closest to us while putting our own health and safety FIRST.
4/14/2020 10:12:07 am
This was a great positive take on what is currently happening, revolving around COVID-19. I really liked your points about how, obviously, this is a terrible crisis that we're in, there's at least something good that can come out of it, and that's a decrease in pollution.
4/14/2020 05:43:37 pm
This blog article provides great insight to that there is good in every situation possible that you encounter, and I believe that to be true no matter what. People's lives were put on halt and struggled with the fact that they had to make ends meet without a source of income or any type of help. The economy took its biggest hit in years, but I am optimistic that it will indeed rebound, not if but when. Times like these do allow us to reflect on our main three components of mind, body, and spirit. How are we doing, what can we control and look to change? With all of this time to ourselves, we need to reinvest in ourselves individually to make society better as a whole when we come out of this. Perhaps though the biggest beneficiary of this pandemic is the environment. Less cars on the road and planes in the air and factories stopped running reducing the pollution that enters the air at a extreme rate. Businesses have the really opportunity to go to a more remote environment to cut back on costs and cater to people who are more introvert and enjoy the work-at-home-life. I know first-hand that I have seen unity in the world and in my own community. It is a sight to see what one human can do for another in a time of need with so much uncertainty left with this virus. That unity and solidarity is needed every single day in our world, no matter if there is a global pandemic or not. I wanted to help do my part in this. A few weeks ago I and some friends launched a GoFundMe for at-risk kids in our community for them to have WiFi to complete their school work, raising over $2,000. We saw the outpouring support of our community wanting to help those in need the most during this time. Optimism is essential in a time like this, and how you view and perceive this situation and how you respond to it is as important as anything. There's always light at the end of the tunnel, you just gotta believe.
4/15/2020 08:07:59 am
I think it is necessary to look for the good in a bad situation. It helps keep people sane, it gives people hope. I think it's easier to identify all of the bad things that are happening because of COVID-19. The impacts are (relatively) well defined and the culprit is obvious.
4/15/2020 09:57:30 am
I do believe what you are saying is true. There is some good that can come from these awful times. The planet's benefit from the lack of pollution is one good thing that has come from this. I also think this pandemic will shift the way we act as a society. As many people are required to work remotely, I think lots of them will come to realize that many of these jobs can continue to be remote. I think that less people will go out to eat and delivery options will become more popular. I think that society, as a whole, will become more virtual and more will be online than ever before once the pandemic is over with.
4/15/2020 10:04:00 am
The questions asked "Can any good come from this pandemic?" is justified! I have seen many posts on social media about areas becoming cleaner and safer since the lockdown. There was a post of a dolphin spotted in the Venice canals because there are less boats making the water clear. After seeing that I thought atleast something positive is happening amid this chaos. But, really it was happening becuase of the COVID-19 chaos.
4/19/2020 02:47:22 pm
I have read and seen so many posts about how cities are less polluted and all around cleaner since the start of this pandemic as well. This has been a huge wake up call to many and made us realize that what we do day to day matters. As the spread of the virus was happening so rapidly, like you said it was just only a matter of time until it reached the United States and soon reaching Ohio, home to all OU students. It seemed as though everything changed overnight and was completely abnormal. However, I agree with you that although things will not necessarily go back to what "normal" used to be, we will come out of this better. I feel that we have a new appreciation for day to day things that we are unable to do right now and we will not take these things for granted any longer. All in all, there are many positives to come from this Pandemic it just takes time.
4/15/2020 11:46:50 am
This post is something that not many people are talking about but I think is very important. I personally always see the good in situations no matter how bad they are and over the past couple weeks it has been hard to do that. I think you brought up many good points that make the situation we are in have positive outlooks. I have seen how communities are responding to help and support their local health care workers and how many places are showing their support to the local businesses and it is inspiring. It is something that is hard to talk about because the virus is killing and affecting so many people but I think it is giving people the free time they have maybe always needed to reflect on what is going on in their life and maybe pick up a new hobby with the time they have. I am a strong believer that there is a silver lining in everything, and like you said it is just hard to see what this silver lining is going to be with this global pandemic. Until we start getting the answers and control on the virus we need, all one can do is stay positive and continue to help the people that need it most.
4/15/2020 08:28:57 pm
COVID-19 has far more negative affects than positive. However, I feel the social aspect will show a postivie impact on society. We see people helping thier older neighbors, picking up groceries for them, checking in on them. I have seen people be more patient in lines at the grocery store. Many people are trying to help develope PPE equitment for the front line medical force. I have a personal friend who is sewing and making masks for non essential employees at nursing homes and fire stations. People are donating money to her and volunteering to sew for her. Families are getting back to some basics game nights, family dinners, and long walks around the neighborhoods. People are calling family and friends to check in on each other. However, the families that are experiencing death as a result or worry about where their rent or money for groceries will come from is a sad, but realistic aspect of this wretched virus. The human spirit will prevail just like it did after the World wars, the AIDS epidemic, September 11, and COVID 19.
4/16/2020 04:21:46 am
Thank you for taking you time and looking in-depth on something that isnt talked about too much in a time like this. I truly do think throughout these tough times, there will be and has been some good to shine out. One example of this would be for the people or students who have yet to see their family in a long time. For me, I am glad I get to spend an ample amount of time with my loved ones. Those being my mother and father, my three brothers and my dog. Besides spending time with my family, another positive to come out of quarantine with is I now have more time than ever to find a passion for me. Whether that may be lifting, running, puzzles or anything, now is the time to truly explore one's inner self and try to find new hobbies that will last longer than the virus. The only thing we can do as citizens is play our part in social distancing and flatten the curve as best as we can. We need to do all that is possible to stop this from going on any longer, messing up everyone's plans.
4/16/2020 10:13:24 am
This blog post is honestly something we should all think about at the end of the day. What 'good' comes out of the Covid-19 event, but also what good comes out of other similiar events both nationally and globaly? This post offers hope and optimism, but as well calls for caution and learning from these events. Which is something that I personally cannot stress enough. If we don't learn from our past how do we make sure we don't repeat it in our future? Another good that at least for me, shows what industries and businesses are the most vital regarding running our socieity. I'm also curous about how significant the role of technology is playing in our lives now and how will it look like moving forward.
4/16/2020 10:35:47 am
I think the biggest gift that could come from this is awareness. This event has a way of revealing humanity by putting everyone in the same situation. It proves that nobody is better than anyone else and that we are here to help one another.
4/16/2020 11:07:20 am
This is a topic that I have heard many people cover. They all have to start with the disclaimer that they are going to state positive effects of a global crisis. At first mention, most people, including myself are surprised by the mere mention of this topic. It seems that we should not focus on the good when so much bad is happening. However, the fact of the matter is that this crisis is going to continue whether we like it or not. After considering this idea for a minute, it seems that there is no reason not to focus on the positives. We can get dragged down simply focusing on the negatives and forget that there are still positive things going on in the world. I also like that you commented on the fact that there may be a different attitude among people after this pandemic. Once everyone is able to return to "normal", hopefully people have a renewed view of the world. I hope that the solidarity that people feel after this lasts a while. I hope people realize how good they have it and I hope that those suffering are able to recover financially and health wise. I think in this time of great crisis, it is increasingly important to focus on the positive effects so that we can remain hopeful until this is over.
4/16/2020 12:13:17 pm
I think it will be interesting to see how animals are affected by the lack of human activity. In many areas of the world, humans encroach on animals natural habitats and strains their species closer to extinction. This especially occurs with deforestation and construction. With the lack of human activity, will animals reclaim areas that they were previously pushed out of or will this not last long enough for a real impact to be made? If they do start to reclaim some of their old habitat, where would this most likely happen?
4/16/2020 12:14:47 pm
The COVID-19 crisis affects people in many different ways. For hourly workers who work paycheck to paycheck, this pandemic is probably taking a bigger toll than say a business exec who is on salary. There are many negative consequences to the pandemic such as unemployment skyrocketing. However, there are a few positive consequences to this whole thing in my opinion. Aside from the planet being better off, I believe this pandemic is helpful in having people deal with adversity. This pandemic has caused many of people to adapt to the scenario surrounding them which in the long run, will make them better human beings.
4/17/2020 12:15:01 pm
I believe that focusing on the good in something is always a great route. It’s important to be able to identify the good in things rather than sticking to the bad. I have been watching the news every single day for hours and all I hear is awful things. Cases and deaths keep rising and New York is in bad shape. It’s about time we focus on the good. We will never have more free time in our lives than now. It is time to focus on hobbies we were never able to master or learn new information that you didn’t have time to research before. Instead of laying in bed all day and complaining about the lockdown we should take advantage of it and become more skilled and knowledgeable people. We’ll then be more efficient and productive as ever when life goes back to normal.
4/17/2020 12:29:17 pm
It was good to see the positives of the Pandemic and how it will change society for years to come. I belive after the pandemic the United States and the world will be changed drastically just like after 9/11. All we can hope for after this is that the changes are for the better.
4/17/2020 01:07:35 pm
I completely agree, everyone should find some good in COVID-19. It is easy to feel discouraged during a time like this and very difficult to try and see the good. During this global pandemic there is not much the public can do to in order to help this situation, other than stay inside of their homes. I think everyone should take some time to reflect on this pandemic and find the good in it, because there is not much the general public can do to change what is happening. Like you mentioned in the beginning of the blog, COVID-19 has temporarily decreased air pollution. This pandemic is helping our planet. COVID-19 is also bringing families and communities together. I have been spending a lot of time with my family and discovering new hobbies. Once this pandemic is over people will have a new appreciation for their jobs, education, and friends.
4/17/2020 01:29:19 pm
This was a great post and I have had similar conversations on this very topic with the people closest to me during this challenging and unique time. This crisis has given us time to reflect on who we are and how we interact and live in the world around us, but it was also given us time to evaluate the institutions and the people who govern them. Yes, this crisis is horrible but we need to learn from the mistakes and the successes we have made along the way in order to come out of this stronger, I feel that this is a great way for younger people to finally take a stand and become active in the world. For so long my generation and those around me have been somewhat complacent in voicing our opinions and actually enacting real change. This is a world altering event that will force my generation to start becoming the leaders of the world and to finally begin to shape it into what we want it to be.
4/17/2020 02:50:00 pm
This post captures many of the thoughts within my own head and conversations with my family as we have been in quarantine. Oftentimes, I'm a person that prefers to be in control of my surroundings and what is going on in my life. This global pandemic is 100% out of my control and/or anyone else's, it has a mind of its own. Although the "what-if" thoughts and curiosity of what will happen after this ends give me quite a bit of anxiety, I think it is important to try and look at the positives, just as you pointed out in this blog entry. Yes, it is easy to sit here and think of all the negatives (i.e. missing out on part of a semester of junior year, no fest season, little to no interaction with non-intermediate family and friends and so on) but the day moves much easier and happier if I look at the positives. For example, I have a close friend who recently went through a tragedy and it brings me a sense of peace knowing that she can be at home with her family without the worry of missing out at school and feeling overwhelmed with exams and assignments away from home. The Earth can recover from some of the harm we have done, we can reflect with the time we didn't have before and we can be creative in ways we never could. This is how I have managed to get through the long days with a smile still on my face. I connect a lot with this post because I think it's okay to acknowledge those negative thoughts and recognize that this situation isn't ideal.
4/18/2020 07:54:45 pm
After all this is over I feel like a lot of good come out it. Even now people are being kinder to one another, checking up on their neighbors and coming together as a community. There's this feeling of hope that I have going forward that we will come out of this stronger and better. I feel like this virus has exposed a lot of whats wrong in the world when it comes to human and workers rights and these things will be addressed when everyone gets back to work. After this is over I will never take the little things in life for granted again, like going out to eat with my friends and family, going to the local store to shop, or going to a sporting event.
4/19/2020 02:40:05 pm
Personally, when any pandemic or huge life altering event happens it is really hard not to only focus on the negatives, but there is a hopeful feeling surrendering this global pandemic. The comradery and unity between communities is a positive affect to this tragedy, and I can only assume that there was a very similar feeling surrounding 9/11. I think COVID-19 will have a similar affect as 9/11. People will remember where they were when their schools where shut down and hopefully some procedures are put into place to help prevent an event like this from happening again instead of just going back to our normal lives. I think another uplifting aspect to this is that the environment is healing a little and getting a break from the usage of humans. There have been reports of lower air and water pollution and reports of wildlife coming out of hiding. Overall, this could help with environmental issues, but I think it is still really important to acknowledge and reflect on the negative factors as well. While it is not as pretty and uplifting, the negative factors that are going on right now can shed more light on how to fix these issues in order to create a long-lasting positive outcome.
4/19/2020 03:16:17 pm
This current situation we find ourselves in has made me think so much more about the living standards and situations of not only those in our nation. I certainly hope that we come out of this all with a better understanding of one another, as well as how we all have privileges we take for granted. Though this pandemic is for the most part out of control and we have to rely on forces and places of powers we may not completely trust, in this time we should all be hoping to make aggressive, progressive changes in our own lives as well as others. Advocate for more social safety nets in our society, make donations to groups that support the working elderly and disabled, start working out, take up drawing or music, whatever it is, take time out of your day to make some sort of change. There's plenty of negatives from this situation but it's definitely given us the opportunity to test ourselves in new avenues. When we're finally on our way to slight normalcy I hope we don't forget the time spent in isolation.
4/19/2020 08:02:00 pm
Reflecting on this global pandemic has made me realize how much we rely on being physically close to others. I have recently started working at a distribution center full time to stay busy during this crazy time and at work and in the break rooms they make us stay 6 feet away from each other at all times. I applied for this job with my boyfriend and friends and it is such a weird feeling not being able to have conversations with people I care about any closer than 6 feet. We have never really thought about how we rely so much on touch and being close to our loved ones and now all of a sudden we can't. It has made me think about how meaningful touch is in conversations and social interactions.
4/19/2020 08:04:20 pm
The outbreak caused many businesses to shut down, and people began to stay at home without work. In addition to these negative news reports, I also saw some news mentioned that many places in Europe have started to see wild animals due to the decrease of human activities, such as dolphins in the water of Venice.The outbreak may also be a reminder of nature's efforts to protect the environment.
4/20/2020 07:48:32 am
This pandemic has been awful for the world, but I also believe it has been enlightening for the world. To start off, the quarantine has decreased gas emissions and this has created tons of positive change for the environment. We only have one earth, and we treat it so poorly. I hope this opens peoples eyes. Next, in a world filled with so much hate, this virus has brought up some unity. Everyone is going through the experience of this virus, and everyone is being affected by it in some way. This is how it connects us. Overall, the biggest lesson gained from this is the importance of what we already have. It has given me more family time, more time to enjoy the outdoors, and more time to reflect on myself. This virus is awful as it kills thousands each day. But, in a time like this all we can do is see the good, and there is definitely some there.
4/20/2020 09:15:05 am
I completely agree that even though this situation is not ideal, there is and will be good that will arise from the situation. As you said air quality is improving due to the decreased amount of planes and cars, but it is not just that. Being stuck at home is hard on many, including my, mental health and is forcing us to enjoy the time on hand and keep busy. Besides school and work, people have been finding new hobbies or getting back into old ones. I know I have been spending a lot of time painting which although is something I enjoy, I have not had the time to do in the past few years. Additionally, society has been spending a lot of time outdoors. I've seen numerous people taking walks, biking, and even just playing outside. People have reached out to old friends, video called family, and playing board games together. Although people are dying, people are also coming together. Hopefully soon the world reopens, but hopefully people also remember the good that came out of all this.
4/20/2020 04:22:01 pm
I didn't realize I needed this until reading this blog. My worries and fears have clouded my thoughts during this time period. As an emerging business student I have been dissecting what this global pandemic means for the economy and my future career. After reading his article it has given me the ability to see beyond the "bad". The world in general and the business world will not be the same after this but this is not necessarily an all bad thing. Hopefully the "good" continues like support for communities and doing things that benefit the earth's enviormental health.
4/22/2020 10:49:23 am
This is a great post and really gets you thinking. I think in ever situation there can be a silver lining. For this situation in particular there are numerous positive outcomes that only could have occurred from the actions we have taken to slow the virus. Such as, pollution. I have seen so many side by side comparisons of cities in the same spot from 3 months ago vs today. It's really incredible to see the difference. When it comes down to it humans are the problem. With the fumes and waste we pollute into the environment, the only way it would've been able to have such a dramatic change is from a complete government shutdown like we see now. Not only that, but moving forward when we may be braced with another pandemic or similar situation we will know how to react before it's too late. Thats the idea, at least. When people are given their own free will it can be difficult to have everyone on the same page. Hopefully this situation will steer people straight to be prepared for a next time, so it doesn't have to be as bad as this time.
4/22/2020 11:48:37 am
I love this article. I think it's super important to be optimistic in this crazy time on earth. A lot of people are currently struggling financially, physically, mentally and emotionally. Being optimistic helps give us hope and I think it brings excitement to those who are anxiously waiting for everything to reopen. It brings me joy to think that the environment is healing, growing, and prospering. Seeing the buds flower on trees make me think that it's a symbol for us as mankind after this pandemic. The world will heal, people will be kind, and I think everyone will have a different perspective on the world once this is over. Great read!
4/22/2020 01:27:48 pm
Writing this on Earth Day, I think you make very accurate points about this pandemic. As a member of Gen Z, this is the event that will define my generation. My kids will read about this in textbooks and ask me about what I did during the Great Quarantine. I sympathize immensely with those who have lost someone from the virus and wouldn't wish that upon anyone, yet you make accurate arguments on how this is impacting Mother Earth. With less emissions, pollution, and overpopulation in high-traffic cities, we are seeing a cleanse in Earth's beauty. The canals in Venice have fish swimming in them again, the Himalaya Mountains are now visible again due to clearance in smog, and wildlife is returning to places normally swarmed with humans.
4/23/2020 04:39:34 am
Unfortunately sometimes people have to experience a negative situation to understand or just see the basic and important things! Of course we are all sad seeing people around us die from a virus and being worried since there is not any medical improvement against it. On the other side nature starts breathing again, air and water pollution is improving and we finally see again animals on places that we forgot they existed. We are also listening about economical issues and crisis and it is just so crazy seeing how the economy is about to collapse because people are only buying what they need. I hope people will start understanding that they have more than what they need and that this is not necessarily healthy. I hope we prefer how the earth looks better now, and keeping fighting for bigger improvements. Finally I hope people will understand that we are all the same, always, even against a virus and start support each other, for a better society and less hate!
4/23/2020 01:09:02 pm
I believe that looking for the positives in any situation is a healthy practice. Personally, it is something that I often struggle with. When the news of the impacts of COVID-19 broke, I felt a strange mixture of emotions. Firstly, I was saddened that I would not be returning to campus and spending time with my friends, especially graduating seniors. However, I realized that I would get to spend a significant amount of time with my family, including the Easter holiday which I missed last year. In terms of my coursework, I was nervous for the online learning experience, especially because I am currently enrolled in the Integrated Business Cluster. However, I decided to take it in stride and use it as an opportunity to learn and grow as a business professional. Things in the business world are constantly changing, and I believe that this semester has effectively prepared me for any unique situations I might experience in my career.
4/23/2020 02:39:03 pm
The negatives of this situation do outweigh the positives by far, but it is always important to try to learn from everything that happens in the world. Looking at the situation through a positive lens, many people and businesses are forced to adapt and innovate. Many practices are changing that could lead to a more efficient or healthier future. The transition to online classes and using Skype for business meetings show that people are more than capable of adapting. Business that are struggling will be forced to think more creatively than ever on solutions for the issue. Another big factor that will be affected are health policies across the world. A global pandemic is forcing awareness of cleanly habits. This awareness and probably new regulations could potentially lead to less spread of diseases as a whole in the future.
4/24/2020 06:42:36 am
I found the part where you talked about global solidarity and togetherness interesting. Especially in Ohio, we are already seeing this solidarity pull apart. As some people are fighting for their lives with Covid-19, or making sacrifices to treat Covid-19, others are breaking the Stay-at-home order to protest it.
4/24/2020 09:27:36 am
Just as it was mentioned in this post, I believe it is exceptionally important to find the good in this situation. If we, individually and as a society, only focus on the bad in this situation we will drive ourselves crazy. At the time time, we must not forget that this is an extremely serious virus that is killing people and hurting the economy. People have become much more compassionate and empathetic and I truly believe it is because everyone has something in common- COVID-19 and the sudden change it brought about in each of our lives. When we feel as if we can relate to people we are more likely to treat one another with more respect and sensitivity. I hope the lessons we are learning in this pandemic are not forgotten when normality resumes. I hope my extended family and I continue have a weekly Zoom call just to check in and make sure everyone is OK. I hope humanity and political actors come to the realization that we need to take better care of the planet. We must not lose sight of the things in this world that truly matter.
4/25/2020 04:10:55 am
Are we the virus? That question has been flashing all over social media. With the stay at home order, closures of national parks, and almost all businesses shutting down, the earth is thriving. The air pollution has been depleting, helping the Ozone rebuild itself and just take a break from all the toxins in the atmosphere. I think COVID is a big wake up call for me, you, and the entire world. Before the spread of the virus I would see people do the most dirtiest things. Things like not washing their hands after using the restroom or before eating a meal. I remember a few months ago I was at Walmart just trying to pick up a few things, until smelled beer and felt warm breath on my neck. In my head I am thinking, "why can't people just back up can keep in their bubble?" I am not trying to listen to your lungs or guess what you ate for lunch based on your smell. Disgusting. People were so unaware of how many germs they could spread just breathing near someone. Me, germ crazy, already had all this stuff in mind. I had a hazmat suit since I was 13, when Ebola came to the U.S. I am ready to stay strong and protect myself from any sickness in my path. I know there is a lot of negativity going on but, let us look onto the bright side. After this ends (it will) people will actually become health conscience. Maybe people will start eating less animals (like a bat who caused this virus), taking their daily vitamins, working out, and idk MAYBE washing their hands!!!! (hopefully). I know it is sad to think of all the people who are dying; but no one thinks about all the animals we kill and all the trees we cut down in just one day. I cannot believe it took us a viral pandemic to realize how toxic we are to the world. I hope one day we come out of this with better intentions for our planet's future, and an overall positive mindset (BC WE R NO LONGER IN QUARANTINE)! One day I believe the younger generations will stand up and be the change for tomorrow. One day, we could become the cure.
4/25/2020 05:24:34 am
As a Chinese, I know a lot of information about the COVID-19. In the February, my parents tell me about some information about the COVID-19 and how the Chinese Government against the COVID-19. The information that you provided is the same information that I saw for the News. I hope everyone can stay at home to protect themselves.
4/26/2020 07:35:39 pm
With COVID-19 having so many negatives and burdens it is hard to find a positive in the situation. Even when there are positives, people tend to overlook them and focus on the negatives, I think by focusing on the positives, people can turn around their attitudes and put their energy into home improvements, self-care, picking up new hobbies, and self-reflection. For some, work is their life and they are constantly trapped in the office all day. This quarantine gives them a break from the office and gets them outside and exercising, allowing them to focus on their health. Others are finally getting around to spring cleaning or outside work that they couldn't do before. I have also heard so many stories of people either bringing back new hobbies or starting new ones that they have grown to really enjoy. I also think this is a harsh wake-up call to the world on how much we pollute the world and how important it is to clean frequently and wash your hands. It really opens the worlds eyes on how fast viruses can spread because we are constantly spreading bacteria everywhere we go. We also have seen wonders with the Earth healing constantly polluted areas which gives me hope that the world will be more environmentally cautious and care more about where they put their trash
4/27/2020 09:29:48 am
Although it can be hard, i agree that finding the positives in this situation is essential. I believe one good thing to come out of COVID-19 is that we are able to adapt and adjust more that we thought we could. I also believe that it is better to be safe than sorry. Overall this post is a great read and I am glad that people are staying positive.
4/29/2020 06:45:06 am
I believe this is an awesome idea to battle Coronavirus. This isnt really the things that will keep us safe but it gives people hope and a little more positivity than the previous terms. I particularly like physical distancing as it really shows the physical aspect of being 6 feet away and not really removing the social aspect of being around people.
4/29/2020 05:30:53 pm
I think that after all the hate and fear that Covid-19 has created that focusing on the positives during this time is crucial. It can be really easy to give into those negative thoughts of how long this might take to recover from or how things will never return to "normal", but I think that we can all learn from this experience and come out the other side even stronger. This pandemic is making people think about who and what is really important to them and how they can show their appreciation for what they have and the people they love. Hopefully, we can find the positives now and hold onto them so we can use them to recover and create a better world when this is over.
4/29/2020 06:42:56 pm
I 100% believe that there is good to be found in the crisis of Covid-19 and believe that Covid-19 may have be necessary for our society. I am an environmentalist above anything else. Without Covid-19, I don't think it would be possible for the world to pause for a second and think about how our everyday routines affect others, ourselves, and most importantly, the environment. When we do not take care of the Earth, the earth has way to try to heal itself and that means getting rid of the problem, US! We are the deeper sickness within this sickness. As gruesome as it is, it may take millions and millions of people dying to release we are the problem. If we do not take this rare time to change our actions, what kind of future are we creating? We must ask ourselves, what can we do today and every day to make a future that we want? We have a special window of opportunity that we must take to save this planet. I have boggle my mind with this question for the past couple of years, how do I get people to care? What will it take to make people care? Today I may how found that answer.
4/30/2020 01:02:26 pm
Hi Izzy! I found that video to be really inspiring. Hopefully the coronavirus will open people's eye's to the deeper root problem of not taking care of our earth.When things start to diminish that people care about (their family and friends, jobs, food/ restaurants, services, activities, and toilet paper) then people might start to care and think about their actions and what kind of a future they want to live in. The facts behind this are sad, but hopefully this will make for a more positive future.
4/30/2020 11:43:09 am
I am a firm believer that there is good to come from the coronavirus. The first example of good is every single one of us gets to spend time with our family whim we hardly get to see. Next, the filth of the cities are being cleaned up because people are caring more about sanitation and matters along those lines. However, i believe that this pandemic will have long lasting negative effects such as the unemployment rate because individuals may stay on it because they are making more from it vs an actual job. To conclude, i believe the best thing that has come from this pandemic is everyones appreciation of life itself.
5/1/2020 12:09:23 am
I think that it is so important to be thinking about and discussing the good that can come from this unique situation. Since the bad of COVID-19 mostly outweigh the good, everyone is focusing only on the negatives, both present and futuristic. This, however, makes it all the more important to think about the good that can be brought. While people are getting laid off and it is difficult to find certain products due to hoarding, I personally believe that when quarantine and isolation are over, and life begins correcting itself, people will not take the small things for granted. Those who treated others in his or her life with little respect now have the time to think about actions, consequences, and ways to correct it. Since everyone is bored (and some stressed-like me), there are people who are developing themselves. They are achieving a new academic or personal skill which will allow them to share that with others, as well as potentially benefit them in the future. Once the pandemic is over, I believe that people will be able to look back at their time spent in isolation and realize the personal good that came from it.
5/1/2020 04:07:58 pm
This was a great read that provided some much-needed positivity in a time where almost everything is painted in a negative light. It is too easy to be overwhelmed with all the negativity and to start feeling like that is all that exists right now. Even if there are minor things to celebrate during this time, I think they are still worth celebrating. I agree that even if there are many negative aspects of our current situation, there will positive things that come out of our situation. I agree that there will be many different innovations to consider if we ever return to a “normal” world.
5/1/2020 05:55:09 pm
Even though it can be difficult to believe there is a positive to this situation, we must always find the best in bad situations. We will never forget this time in our lives and it is extremely important while we are experiencing it to remember that we are all in this together and even with the horrific statistics we must try to see the positives even if it seems selfish. This quarantine has forced families together and made many of us realize how important the people in our lives are and how much they mean to us.
5/1/2020 07:59:19 pm
When speaking about the outcomes of the coronavirus, nothing that we say is for certain, but as stated in the article, there is always positive things to take away from this. I agree that the planet is benefitting greatly from the drastic reduction of human pollution, and hope that we can purposely limit our carbon footprints moving into the future. What I like most about the change in lifestyle is that our local businesses have the opportunity to shine when everything seems dark. Athens is a very tight-knit, community-driven town and mentioning how we have stepped up to support our local businesses is great to hear. One thing that I think will change after this is all over is that physical contact will be a way bigger gray area. People will be hesitant to hug, shake hands and do other activities that require a physical touch. While it seems like a big cultural shift, I think it is a productive route to maintaining good hygiene.
5/4/2020 08:11:34 am
I believe there is good that has come out of this outbreak. Even though there are some negatives, it is a good think it did happen. Humans continue to pollute earth with minimal cut back or plan to fix it. This outbreak has implemented a forceful way of getting a break from us. Not only has Japan cleared up, but places in Italy, the water has cleared and wild life is returning in other places. I also believe this will give earth a break from major things like forest being cut down and be able to grow in our absence. Overall, this has been healthy for our planet. Which is more important than how us humans are effected because without a planet, where will we go.
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