By: Snehal Shinh
There have been a reported estimate of 753,000 people diagnosed with Coronavirus in just the United States alone, the number being much higher compared to the rest of the world. COVID-19 has truly affected everyone on a much greater scale than anyone could have imagined.
When everything had shut down for those initial two to three weeks, everyone believed that it would be similar to an extended break with life returning to normal soon. As the American public has learned, this was most certainly not the case. However, those first weeks changed the way individuals have communicated and interacted with the world drastically. As school shifted online, so did most of our relationships. Being unable to communicate in person meant that our communities needed to adapt, and adapt quickly.
COVID-19 has changed the way that individuals see the world. No longer is the environment safe for carefree outings. People have to be conscious of everything they touch or how close they are to other people. Not to mention how important it is to properly wear a mask in order to prevent further contamination. Amongst other things, disinfecting everything you bring in from outside is something that has become routine within most households. For some this new lifestyle can create new anxieties, for others not so much. Though those who have been dealing with these anxieties before the pandemic, the situation has only heightened those fears. Regardless of whether or not these anxieties are new or pre-existing, families are fearing the same thing: spreading coronavirus to loved ones.
In a more positive perspective, these fears have brought society together. Stepping outside often causes one to experience the waves of emotion. By understanding these natural and shared emotions, members of society can help one another get through these difficult times. By recognizing this as a collaborative struggle, the individuals within society can work together to overcome this situation through communication.
With the current technology, the switch to digital connections was no big leap. Most people have already been using various apps to keep in touch with loved ones that they could not see daily. However, with the current situation, the need to reach out to loved ones more often has only increased. Messages and video calls helped those especially who are facing lockdown alone.
Perhaps as society begins to slowly transition back into pre-COVID times, there will be an overall reduction in digital communications. As more and more people increase in-person interactions, digital interactions are likely to reduce. There is a hidden harm in this though. By lessening how often you message your friends and family, they may now feel more alone. Even if regulations are cleared to resume some aspects of our old ways of life, many cannot, which leaves them in the dark. Many who live alone and are facing these challenges have to rely on friends and family to reach out to them for a sense of connection.
As life moves on, it is incredibly vital to continue to stay in touch with loved ones. Even a simple message in the morning saying “hello” or “good morning”, can be enough to make a huge difference in someone’s life. With sending messages made as simple as tapping a button, it would be a shame to not take a small moment to bring a smile onto someone’s face.