We are certainly living in extraordinary times. The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented event that very few people saw coming, even just a couple months ago. Thousands have lost their lives due to the virus, and millions have lost their jobs because of the lockdown that was triggered by it. Restaurants, bars, sporting events, and other gathering places have all been shut down, and the kids have been pulled out of school and are doing distance learning from home.
Who would have thought that a virus from overseas could wreak so much havoc on our society? And yet, here we are.
There is no doubt that the coronavirus outbreak is one of the greatest challenges our country has ever faced. But America has been through difficult times before, and we have always risen to the challenge. It is no different this time around.
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those rare experiences that is shared by everyone, and of this crisis we can truly say, “we are all in this together”. This experience is bringing out the best in South Carolinians and all Americans. We are seeing communities pulling together like never before, and many people are also using this disruption in their lives to make positive changes.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
There are many people who are struggling because of the coronavirus situation. As mentioned earlier, countless businesses have closed, and millions of Americans have lost their jobs. This has caused financial devastation for a lot of families. Others are having trouble dealing with the isolation of being stuck at home, and still others are highly stressed having to work long hours because their jobs are considered essential.
Here are some of the ways people in local communities are stepping up to help their neighbors get through this crisis:
- Donating and/or volunteering to local food shelves that suddenly find themselves short of resources and manpower.
- Delivering groceries and other essentials to shut-ins who are not able to leave their home and risk viral exposure.
- Patronizing local businesses that have been hurt badly by the shutdown.
- Sending food, gifts, and appreciation cards to front-line workers.
- Making homemade masks to send to front-line workers.
- Providing virtual companionship by calling or videoconferencing with those who are feeling lonely because of the shutdown.
- Doing quarantine birthday parades or hosting virtual birthday parties for others in the community who may have missed out on this important milestone.
A Rare Time to Slow Down and Reflect
With most activities canceled or restricted, many Americans find themselves with a lot of extra time on their hands. Although we did not plan it this way, this could end up being a blessing if the time is use constructively. For example, families where the parents and children are typically very busy now have an opportunity to spend some time together and make some special memories that they will look back on fondly for years to come.
The extra time also provides an opportunity to learn some new skills, perhaps a new language, or just to catch up with family members and friends that you have not spoken with for a while. When all of this is over, many of us might be thankful that we went through this difficult period that also gave us the opportunity to re-prioritize our lives.
A Trend Toward Telecommuting and Distance Learning
Students and much of our workforce have moved home for the time-being. This, again, was not planned, but it provided an opportunity for a lot of people to experience distance learning and telecommuting for the first time. At the end of all this, there is a good chance that many organizations will decide that working from home works well for their workforce. And a lot of parents may decide that distance learning works pretty well for their kids as well.
A Healthier Society
There is no doubt that our society will be much more health and hygiene conscious after the coronavirus passes. A lot more people will be using sanitizer regularly, and we will be more careful about touching our faces, handshakes, etc. especially when we feel a cold coming on. A greater focus on staying healthy will help prevent future viral outbreaks like the one we are going through now, and it will help make our society healthier overall.
We Will Get through this Together
Perhaps the greatest silver lining that will come out of the coronavirus pandemic is that it will once again show the resiliency of the American people in the face of a major crisis. There will certainly be incredible challenges ahead as we deal with the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, but together, we will get through this, and we will all come out stronger because of it.
In the meantime, we at the Nowell Law Firm want you to know that we are here for you if you need us. Just like you, we are doing most of our work remotely these days as we follow all of the social distancing guidelines, but we are well equipped with the technology and resources to continue serving our clients the way we always have.
Message us online or call our office today at (864) 469-2481 to speak with a member of our legal team.