The more that things progress regarding this pandemic, the more our true human nature continues to peek through. Social media sure has imploded the true effects of this virus. Let's face it- this virus, the coronavirus (COVID-19), presents as nothing more than a common cold on steroids. The fact that it has claimed lives is what may be the scariest thing of this whole ordeal. Please note- that the population that is most susceptible to this virus is the elderly (ages 65 and older).
However- panic continues.
Our behavior is influenced by those around us. There are some that are easily influenced by others. There are also those who are not so easily swayed. Most of us would like to believe that we are not so easily influenced- that we follow our own paths and tunes. Granted, most of us do have a very unique tune- our songs vary due to life experience. However, the fact remains that our behavior is highly influenced.
How do we change paths?
In a world in which information is readily available at the simple punch of a few words, we can use this to our advantage.
1. Make decisions based on facts- not on what others are doing.
Be informed. Trust reputable sites and their directions. I'm not saying that the government is the most honest set of folks (LOL we know they hide how bad things are for "our safety"). However, there are sites that will give us the hard concrete facts that we all are thirsty for. Take advantage that we have the accessibility to get this information, and that we can make the decisions for ourselves.
2. Follow common sense- do not lose it in the masses.
I'm going to be honest here- when schools closed that's when I started looking into this pandemic. Keep your mind sharp and focused on what needs to be done for prevention. Look into how to treat should it hit your household.
3. Do not lose you humility.
You will continue to see people who view this situation as a way to financial gain. Although this may seem unfair- keep focus on who you are, and the strong based values you have set.
There is no set course of this pandemic. We may continue to see this virus spread well into 2021. However, if we continue to take care of ourselves and one another, things will turn in humanity's favor.
Yaritza Ellison has been an nurse since 2010. She has been essential to the healing process of many and seeks to continue to do so. Her passion for mental health and self help literature has lead her to launch justyari.org, where she aspires to coach young ladies navigating through work-life balance.