The coronavirus pandemic, as one of the most difficult emergencies to date, has clearly altered life as we formerly understood it. People learned to operate remotely, prevent unwanted external interaction, and refrain from moving for a period of time by staying in lockdowns. However, some of the most important lessons mankind has learned, which this COVID 19 essay would address, are related to the environment, human interactions, and the concept of creativity.
People who lived under lockdown learned not to go outside, use public transit, or visit each other unless absolutely necessary. This, in turn, resulted in people learning to be more environmentally friendly as well. Indeed, as people started going to work less, the use of fuel-powered vehicles has played its role and, at some geographic locations, the environmental state has become better. At the same time, Jeff McMahon reports that the pandemic also served as a lesson to humanity to be more attentive to human health and science (McMahon). Hence, although, the disease took many people’s lives and disrupted the well-being of many, it has nevertheless shown the importance of preserving the environment and the state of health.
Some other important lessons were taught in the social dimension. As such, by constantly staying at home, people managed to reassess their views on relationships and priorities, with many realizing the advantages of spending time with their families or the downsides of maintaining unhealthy relationships. At the same time, with a rather sharp and sudden demand for such workers as doctors, pharmacists, and check-out counter operationists, these jobs were also reassessed (“What Lessons Do Americans See for Humanity in the Pandemic?”). Reassessing such important social aspects of human life will allow the world community to raise a new and more healthy society.
With the rapid development of pandemic and its consequences, such scientific and technical aspect as innovation had to be reassessed. The issue considers the latest news regarding the new strain of virus titled Cluster-5. The major concern over this new form of the virus came from the notion that it appeared right after some of the newly developed vaccines were announced. This made the global society reassess the understanding of technological breakthrough and innovation as well as brought attention to the negative aspects of fur farming (Renkl). Thus, the things that human civilization collectively considered to be normal or could be perceived as a panacea was almost completely reassessed and is now viewed, perhaps, more skeptically and critically.
Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the human civilization a lot of important lessons at quite a large cost. Some of those highlights were the reassessment of past values and virtues. However, the most important lesson that the virus taught all people around the world is to be as precautious as possible in order not to appear in such a scenario again.
“What Lessons Do Americans See For Humanity In The Pandemic?”. Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, 2020, https://www.pewforum.org/essay/what-lessons-do-americans-see-for-humanity-in-the-pandemic/. Accessed 28 Nov 2020.
McMahon, Jeff. “Five Environmental Lessons Coronavirus Could Teach Humanity, If Humanity Would Listen”. Forbes, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2020/07/26/five-environmental-lessons-coronavirus-could-teach-humanity-if-humanity-would-listen. Accessed 28 Nov 2020.
Renkl, Margaret. “Opinion | A Lesson For Humanity From 17 Million Doomed Creatures”. The New York Times, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/16/opinion/coronavirus-minks-wildlife-environment.html. Accessed 28 Nov 2020.