As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world has been on ‘lockdown’, ‘quarantine’, practicing ‘social distancing’ or whatever you want to call it. The death toll and infection rate is still rising, with over 850,000 people infected and over 42,000 fatal cases, but there are other factors to take into account as an after-effect of the pandemic.
While the broad ranging economic impacts are sure to be felt after this whole coronavirus thing is over, let’s take a deep dive into other aspects of everyday life that could be affected as a result.
But before that, let’s get into what ‘quarantine’ actually means. According to research published in Lancet:
“Quarantine is the separation and restriction of movement of people who have potentially been exposed to a contagious disease to ascertain if they become unwell, so reducing the risk of them infecting others.
“This definition differs from isolation, which is the separation of people who have been diagnosed with a contagious disease from people who are not sick; however, the two terms are often used interchangeably, especially in communication with the public.”
So yes, most are confusingly saying we’re ‘quarantined’ when we’re actually just self isolating. But hey, same diff.
But the affects to people (beside the illness), are broad ranging and apparently, possible to affect you for the long term. Of course, keep in mind, most of this applies specifically to those who have the infection, are quarantined, but I feel can relate to those in isolation as well.
The Lancet report is based on 24 previous studies of the psychological effects of quarantines during disease outbreaks. There, they mention that this experience can lead to post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, anger, fear, and depression, among other things. The people most vulnerable of course, are those who have or have had mental health issues, as mentioned by the authors.
Which I can understand. Staying in for a long period of time, can definitely make you anxious, and a little stir crazy. We as humans are built to be social, and if you’re at home alone right now, you might understand what I’m talking about.
If you’re experiencing any of these feelings, please reach out to your friends, family, and people who can help. Just because you’re physically alone right now, doesn’t mean you’re alone in life.
Work And Student Life
Another effect of this whole lockdown situation many of us are facing, is realising a lot of things around the world. Like how most of us are capable of working from home, without needing to go in to the office. Or how technology has evolved to the point universities and schools are capable of teaching from afar. It’s hard to go back to a world when you realise that most of the stuff you need to do, you can do at home.
Of course, I’m not suggesting that everyone just starts working remotely, but hey, if you needed to, at least now you know you can. Which I’m sure is something plenty of employers don’t want you to realise.
Speaking of employers, depending on their measures they’ve taken to counteract the spread of the virus, you now know if they really care about your well-being. The number of stories I’ve read about horrid employers online as the world went into lockdown is concerning. You know, like employers buying spy software to know what you’re doing at home.
Or how about this story on reddit where the boss didn’t even want to allow someone sick to work from home and if he felt sick, to just go to the doctor. There’s just so much more.
The Divide Against The Rich
Another surprising (maybe not so much) phenomenon we’ve now realised, is how disconnected from reality rich people and celebrities are. One instance of this very occurrence of course has to be the idiot David Geffen, who posted a picture of his $590 million yacht and captioned the photo saying “Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus”. Oh THANKS David, guess I’ll get in my fing yacht and avoid the fing pandemic.
He did hope everybody is ‘staying safe’ so I guess that’s nice. After intense scrutiny and criticism from people online, he’s now deleted his Instagram.
Another huge display of just how out of tune celebrities is that video of some of em’ singing. The video in question was posted by Gal Gadot which featured a bunch of celebs well, singing a line from John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. Other than it sounding quite terrible, the lyrics quite literally includes a line about a world with “no possessions”. You get the irony here? Celebs, singing in their mansions and nice houses, talking about “no possessions”?
I’m sure they all meant well taking part of this. Though to me, it seems like some sort of PR stunt to “break the internet” but that’s the pessimist in me. Oh, and I’m not the only one who agrees, check out the comments section of the video, I’ll wait.
What Do We Do With All We Know Now?
We also now know which politicians and world leaders are incompetent, how many people are just too stupid to understand STAY AT HOME, and all the other stuff I mentioned above. Not to mention the amount of racism we saw against Chinese people, when the outbreak first started. The World is an ugly place right now. I don’t know what we’re supposed to do, or how we’re supposed to act after seeing what we’ve seen.
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m the only one who has no idea how to get back to normalcy, after witnessing all that I have over the past few days, weeks, and months. There’s no shortage of idiocy in the world, even when there’s a pandemic going on. So how am I supposed to go back to that?
Am I supposed to just get back to normal life after the 14th of April, acting like all this shit didn’t just happen?
I don’t know, maybe that’s what I’m expected to do.
Just hopefully, we all stay safe and sane, because right now, that’s all that really matters.