Three months passed by and nothing can surprise us more than the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus this year. Yeah, I just need to bring this up.
Covid-19 pandemic is not just a virus and a health issue. It is a global phenomenon that has impacts every single aspect of life, from the way you open a door until you communicate with people. Almost all countries have suggested social distance, stay-at-home policy and washing hands habit (which should be a habit already, seriously why are we still campaigning about this?!).
Hundreds and thousands of medical workers, scientists, governments are working hard to bring the situation back to normal. Vaccines are under developments, the social-distance campaign is everywhere around the world, and doctors and nurses are keeping everyone alive.
However, put aside all the science and health-control discussions, there is something we, as human beings, can learn from it. Not only learning about science, monetary, technology, but there are also still human aspects we can immerse for our future life.
Get used to the uncertainty
Uncertainty? Tell me about it. This part of learning hits me so hard. Being a planner-freak and perfectionist myself, this moment has crashed me. I had tons of plan from moving jobs, relocating, investment plans and vacations that need to be postponed and replanned. Till date, I still don’t know whether it has to be adjusted again or not.
This time is a mystery and no one knows how worse it could get and long it would take to get it back to normal. Everyone’s health is at risk, the world’s economy is sliding down, future life is questionable, would we be strong enough to survive this?
However, think about it. Living in today’s world, uncertainty is no longer new to us. We’ve faced it years back and we’re pretty good with it. Remember when the startup world hits us? Or, when a president that no one expect to win an election suddenly got the majority of votes? Corona is another uncertainty we need to face, though yeah this one is an extreme case.
One study says that when predictability was only a 50:50 and human have no idea on what’s happening, stress peaked. Many studies have conducted a strong link between uncertainty and stress-level. It also correlates to Maslow pyramid, which one of the human basic needs is safety. This makes us, human, feel unsafe and worried when this aspect is not fulfilled. Even if it’s bad, it is still better than not knowing where things stand.
Modern life comes with high potential sources of uncertainty and stress. However, there are many ways to cope with this.
If high uncertainty is unavoidable, what we can do is to embrace uncertainty. Make judgment and assessment so we can calculation risks and explore the possibilities. Even with the most advanced technology that exists, we’d never be able to precisely predict the future. In this uncertainty world, we prepare to fail because that what brings us to our long term success.
Control our digital consumption
The biggest impact of all is how it impacts our social and communication aspects. Despite all quarantines and self-isolated policies that are happening around the world, the news spread doesn’t stop. Thanks to technology and the digital era.
Look how easy we could get the most updated information from all around the world in real-time! However, the numbers of news we receive are humongous adding a frightening dimension to our understanding of the corona situation and contributing to an air of anxiety.
Among all technologies and news platforms out there, social media has played a critical role. Seeing people isolating themselves, do social-distance, promote a good hygiene habit are incredible. However, looking at how people are panic-buying and photos of stores running out of supplies are also terrifying, moreover, the number of confirmed cases that rapidly increasing in many parts of the world.
Technology, particularly social media, is a blessing and a curse. The number of information we can obtain comes with a great responsibility to receive and respond wisely.
Personally, I tried to control what I see on the media and only trust official websites. All the clickbait and viral news only shows us a small piece from the whole issue but it gives us a hell out of anxiety and troublesome to sleep. So, why bother?
Let me wrap this up.
With the incredible borderless between countries, this might be the first to many events that might occur in the future. Some scientists believe pandemic should already our ‘friend’ moving forward. So, don’t freak out.
This outbreak is scary and we all should help to make it stop. However, it is not an excuse to slow down because the earth ain’t doing it. This world is changing and so should we, for a better life and future.
Today, we are defining a new way of life.