During the first 90 days of the pandemic, many of us experienced unprecedented moments at home, with families, away from the office or on the front lines as key workers. The disturbance (and downtime) caused considerable concern. What did we discover? What promises were made? And how have these commitments been maintained over time?
The United States has recently surpassed the grim death toll of 1 million people lost to the virus, and new variants such as Omicron BA.2 have caused cyclical increases every few months. These first months of the pandemic seem so far away and there seems to be no solution. So we asked people to share information about what the pandemic taught them. You will find their thoughts below.
1. Public health infrastructure is the most critical resource
“I do not think I ever really realized how important government funding and public infrastructure are for public health and safety. the right information. “- Sarah, 32
2. Time alone is non-negotiable
“Before the pandemic, I went out every night. I did one, two or three different things in one night. Now I live a lot at home and I feel much more refreshed and peaceful with who I am and what I want. I obviously think the pandemic is horrible, but the lesson on recharging time I learned is valuable “- Drew, 27
3. Universal income would benefit people so much
“When I received the unemployment benefit for the pandemic (and the people around me did too), it was one of the first times I saw friends in the service industry relax and participate in the community and socialize. People had extra money to “They shared the food with each other. We spent a lot of time together. The evening picnics with masked men in the parks are some of my fondest memories, even though the conditions were also awful.” – Leena, 31
4. People need to be educated about disability rights
“Throughout this pandemic, people with disabilities are sounding the alarm and begging people to listen. When capable people realized they were in danger, they began to obey our advice. But only until it was needed – then we were left behind again. “I will never be cured of this lack of integration. I also hope that people will be more interested in the education and rights of people with disabilities, because long-term Covid causes disability in many people.” – Madeleine, 27
5. The government needs to do more
“I was someone who really appreciated patriotism and I was proud to be American. The pandemic made me question those beliefs. I just can not believe the numbers. One million. One million people are gone. I just do not understand the priorities of the American people. Government “, – Kent, 51,
6. Community is the answer
“I had never heard the phrase ‘mutual aid’ until the pandemic started. I started volunteering and shopping with my neighbors. I realized I was not paying attention to my community and the pandemic taught me that I had to slow down and see people. around me as part of my world. ”- Shraya, 25
7. Everything can change in an instant
“I think about the plans I had before the pandemic and many of them no longer make sense. I do not feel I have to travel and I am not really interested in social ambitions. I know what is really important to me, and I keep this because I know that everything can to change in an instant. ” – Vera, 31
8. Occupation is not a sign of honor
“I used to think that being tired and exhausted, running in any way, meant I was living my life to the fullest and really doing what I wanted to do. Now I know that fatigue is not something I should be proud of. COVID- 19 can hurt you more if you do not rest, so I take rest and relaxation seriously. ”- Imani, 24
9. Normality may not return
“Families of young children are still waiting, more than others, for some normalcy. It is so frustrating for me when people say I’m scared or very paranoid. I’m not so paranoid that I do not risk my child’s life. I’m sorry for the childhood I wanted her to have and I’m worried about the consequences she has had so far. ”- Rachel, 34
10. Quality time teaches you new things about the people you love
“I had to quit my job to stay home and take care of my children so that my wife could continue to work. I do not regret it and I have learned a lot about who my children are as human beings. The thoughts they share and the way we spend our days are precious to me. “Although I’m so sad about the world in which they grow up.” – Adam, 38
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