Hope Amidst Chaos: How to stay positive during COVID-19


Since the Corona virus has spread across the United States, panic has seemingly been the only thing the media wants to cover. Despite the constant coverage on this scary pandemic, the world is still full of plenty of hope.

I know that hearing everyone talk about how important this currently is is getting old, but really, social distancing is going to play a big part in the outcome of this virus. It cannot be contracted unless it is given by someone who is contagious.

Of course there are moments when leaving the house is necessary, but limiting the amount that you are in public is crucial to keeping this virus contained. It is comforting to know that if you protect yourself, you will be safe.

Another way to maintain positivity is by looking at the past. Viruses have always been a part of life. They are scary in the moment, but in a few years, they are hardly spoken of. The Ebola outbreak of 2014 was terrifying at the time but now seems minute.

Distract yourself by making use of the sudden found time you have! With most businesses and schools sending their workers and students home, almost everyone now has an abundance of time on their hands. Take advantage of this!

Learn a new instrument, language, or skill, catch up on school work, make up new recipes, start a journal! It could even be something as simple as starting a new television show to binge watch.

Whatever it is, it is important to stay busy and distracted during this “vacation” that was brought by unfortunate circumstances.

Staying positive is vital to fighting off this illness! According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, a study where people were intentionally infected with the influenza and rhinovirus proved that those who had a more positive attitude about the situation were more likely to recover from the symptoms. This study showed that those who thought negatively were 3 times more likely to contract a respiratory illness.

All in all, the Corona virus is not something to be taken lightly. Until the Corona virus makes its departure, it is important to remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds, practice social distancing, and maintain a positive perspective of things. Stay home, and stay safe!

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