Together as a key to navigate through this pandemic period

We all find ourselves in this challenging situation we did not plan for, a situation that does not have an historical precedent to guide us. But here we are.

A period of global confusion, anxiety, fear, loss of loved ones, a period that changed everything globally, in which humanity faced one of the direst threats in world history. One of the precautions the world health organization and health professionals have given us is to be physically separated from others. Aside from the fatality rate of COVID-19, one of what makes this period a difficult one is that we are social beings who love to enjoy their freedom, but for safety measures, we can’t visit people we want, travel, or have physical contact with people. With all this happening, it is necessary to remember our present challenge, and also people around us can be in very different circumstances and experience specific problems:

Some parents struggle to be alone in their homes without their children's daily activities because they are in self-isolation, Job instability, and joblessness. Most people are in poor health. They are anxious about Covid-19, mental health issues; some people feel deeply alone and fragile emotionally. There are so many problems we face that they are all so different. It is important to try to understand how other people feel at this time and to think about how we can react carefully and lovingly to those around us.

For all the challenges, we face other possibilities. I urge you to think ways to learn and develop ideas to navigate through in this tough time. We can start by getting closer to our extended relatives, friends, and neighbors. We should also listen to others' wishes and encourage each other to make good relationships.

Things you can do

The following are things you can do during this pandemic period to help others and enhance unity.

1. Check up on your neighbors

Visit your neighbors, especially elder ones, check on how they are doing; you don’t necessarily have to enter their house. You can say hi to them from a distance. Ask them if they need anything you can do for them. And if there is, you can drop it at their foot door. Thinking of the kind gesture, you might think it’s not necessarily important, but it is, doing all this, fosters love and unity in the community and also provide a peaceful and safe community for you and your neighbors.

2. Volunteer to community engagements

When it comes to volunteering, we often don’t see the importance until now. Joining groups that assist in fighting this pandemic as a lot of benefits to overcome this situation. You can search for and join any non-profit organization in fighting Covid-19.

3. You can make donation

While some of us focus diligently on the new CDC guidelines, millions of non-profit organizations worldwide continue to provide services and execute programs continuously. And the burden can become unbearable for these organizations if help isn't coming. Suppose you have the money you can donate to assist in fighting this pandemic. In that case, you can consider donating to your local agency. Either they are on the front lines in battling to quench the coronavirus, or their mission is unrelated to the current pandemic, your dollars will make a big difference.

4. Be an agent of good news

There are a lot of bad headlines these days on social media about "death tolls" and the economic downturn. There are also a lot of lively discussions on politics.

So commit yourself to spread a little love and good news. Congratulate your colleagues, give someone you admire a kind note or share some good news. Sharing these things could make someone else's day brighter.

5. Care for your employees

According to statistics, there will be about 60-70% of unemployment rate this year 2020 globally as a result of companies reducing their workforce. Even many well-established organizations use this excuse to fire their staff. Despite the crisis, they can still survive without reducing their workforce. So if you happen to be a CEO, decision-makers, or in a position of authority within your organization, ensure your employee are well cared for. Firing a single individual in an organization can destroy the lives of that person's entire family, not to talk of hundreds, thousands. In any decision making during this period, be humane.

6. Appreciate people in the frontline fighting seriously against this disease

Although it might be impossible to know when the pandemic will subside, it will eventually, and we will be able to return to our lives. And once we're on the other side of this disaster, we'll have many people to thank. The list goes on and includes supermarket clerks, home employees, nurses and physicians, police officers and firefighters, people employed in the laundromat, sanitation workers, distribution staff, and teachers who have taught them electronically. We may not be able to do much at the moment, but we should surely start to find ways to show our gratitude.

Take some time in the next few days and weeks to think about how you might show your appreciation. You can contact the local department of the police and see if they can accept a small token of thanks for the distribution of a few pizzas (this also benefits the local pizzeria!); you can also encourage your supermarkets' owners to place a box of products by the front door with a note to thank and delivery people for their efforts to supply goods to people during the lockdown. Remember, if either of these acts includes exchanging real, tangible money or resources, you will need to make sure everything is secure, safe, and healthy.

In conclusion, if we consider the circumstances that surrounding this pandemic, many of us might think the best thing is to stay idle in other not to get infected but, we can still do a lot without exposing ourselves to the virus. This period calls for a time to be selfless, a time to show that together, we will overcome this. We need to help people and encourage one another. Stay strong, don’t be discouraged; remember, “there is always a light at the end of a tunnel.”