Coronavirus: 5 life lessons we learned from the outbreak

Coronavirus has brought with it a wave of negative outcomes, terrible illness and death, but it also highlighted some important life lessons.

1. You should be willing to trade some your freedom for the greater good of the public

There’s no doubt that is has been difficult staying home. Many people complaining about feeling bored and aimless. Some might even feel that it’s a breach of their individual right, being made to stay home. However, when it comes to the greater good, one should always be willing to sacrifice a little bit of that freedom. A balance between individual rights and public safety is an ever changing thing. Trade a little bit of your freedom for the greater good of the public.

2. You should wash your hands, whether there’s a virus or not

General hygiene is always important. Not just when there is a virus. You should know the drill by now. Wet your hands. Lather them with soap. Scrub for 20 seconds. Rinse off. Dry with a clean towel. It really is the best way to keep safe, because soap is a very effective way to kill viruses.

3. Working from home should be an option for many

During this time many people learned that their jobs were possible to do from home. Once the virus outbreak ends, it might be worth having a chat with your boss about working from home possibilities when necessary. Most jobs have certain amount of work that can be done remotely. Without the virus in place, there should still be some system in place that will promote work-life balance.

4. Taking that sick day could save lives

If you are feeling sick, just stay home. Lots of people feel like their office environment doesn’t encourage taking sick days. Many people want to appear like martyrs to their managers. “Look, I am sick, yet I still came to work. Look at what a hard worker I am?” This mentality needs to stop. If you are sick, just stay home.

5. The Internet should be a basic right

According to a study done by the University of Birmingham, the right to Internet access, also known as the right to broadband, should be considered a human right. People unable to get online—particularly in developing countries—lack meaningful ways to influence the global players shaping their everyday lives. Additionally, during times like these, it is especially important to be able to contact family, friends and work from home if necessary. Internet is the only way to do so.

Source: Arab News