Every two years or so, the presidential election cycle starts up. At first, I am engaged and interested and reading and learning about the newer candidates. I watch debates and read articles and check voting records.
And after a few months, I care less and less.
The extremely long election cycle, the constant articles, and the ridiculous amount of money spent on campaigns just are too much.
I get desensitized. I get burned out from it all. By the time the election actually rolls around, many of us are just tired of freaking hearing about it all the time.
News in the time of Coronavirus
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) sweeping the world, it is completely understandable — and expected — that it is the #1 topic in the news, online, and in everyone’s mind.
Across the US, people are in isolation and we don’t really know how long it will last.
Of course, there are still a**holes who go out when they aren’t sick, ones who think they can prevent the virus with essential oils or vegan food, and people who simply don’t understand or care about how diseases spread and are just out there unnecessarily.
There are amazing, wonderful people who have no choice to be out in the world, working and putting their health at risk. Some are the amazing medical and healthcare workers, others are simply workers whose companies (jerks!) won’t allow them to work from home, others are people who are doing necessary jobs — grocery store workers, for example.
Let me be clear: if you CAN, stay home.
If you CAN’T, stay as safe and healthy as possible.
USE COMMON SENSE. Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer while in public, don’t touch your face, and don’t touch other people.
But the point I’m making here is that Coronavirus is (rightly) dominating global news. It is a constant barrage of Google news, HuffPost, Washington Post, and NYTimes notifications of doom.
And it is hard. As a person who already is prone to anxiety and living in a city with thousands of confirmed cases, it is hard to calm my stupid brain down enough to sleep and relax sometimes. I am getting burned out on the news of COVID-19.
It is also haunting to see how empty NYC and Italy and China are right now.
Some people are acting like this is simply a vacation from regular life.
As much as I am enjoying the TikToks and content from homebound creators, this is not a vacation.
We are staying home in quarantine so that we, as a society, can proactively protect those most at risk: elderly, immuno-compromised, babies, etc.
This a pandemic on a scale most people alive have never seen before.
How we react to it, how we adapt, and how we treat one another will be recorded in history for future generations.
It will say a lot about who we are — as a society and as individuals.
The CDC says that up to 70% of the world’s population will get infected over the next 2 years. Of course, not all of them will be severe or deadly, but it is still a scary figure.
I may be anxious and burned out from reading and hearing about Coronavirus nonstop for the last few weeks and I may be going stir-crazy inside my apartment, BUT I STAY HOME.
Who you are in a time of crisis is who you really are. Don’t be someone spreading misinformation, going out unnecessarily just because you think you’re invincible, licking stuff for views, or being rude to the people who are forced to continue working.
Don’t be that person. I promise you, it will be remembered.
It is not difficult to be compassionate and empathetic.
Those who choose not to be or who choose to endanger others are not okay. It is not okay behavior, and we as a society need to KEEP calling them out, posting about it, and taking health and safety seriously.
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