Nella Coiro

Coping with Covid-19

I haven’t written a blog in a few weeks, but in light of what is happening on a global level in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic, I would like to share some ideas and words of comfort and hope.

None of us expected that a virus would immobilize the entire planet. Usually this genre is the topic of horror movies. To say that it’s frightening would be an understatement.

This threat can best be compared to ibeing hit with a bucket of ice water, and it impacts upon every single one of us. This is especially true for those of us who have illnesses that make us immune-compromised.  Three times a week, I must go to the dialysis center for treatment, and even though they are taking every precaution, it still makes me feel uneasy.

Further, we cannot retreat in a comfortable psychological state of denial, because there’s no where to escape. We are inundated by the terrifying numbers of sick people and deaths. You can’t turn on the TV or go online without hearing and reading about this virus. 

Globally, we are experiencing the epitome of powerlessness, and quite frankly, it’s horrendous! Each of us is called upon to walk the talk. As the saying suggests, “Talk is cheap.” It’s fairly easy to be philosophical when our very existence is not being threatened. It’s far more challenging to rise above our fears and pull ourselves together in this atmosphere.

I think that technology has contributed to tone of self-centeredness. People would rather text than to talk on the phone, or God forbid, face-to-face. This focus has echoed  a social atmosphere that emphasizes a self-absorbed mentality  of “me, me, me” and “me first.” We have lost our ability to be patient, because computers have trained us to expect instant gratification and lightning-speed results.

But now, fear has changed the way that many of us see life. We are afraid, insecure, and we realize that we’re all in this together and we need each other. Fear can do that. Suddenly all of our petty differences have become irrelevant. Within the blink of an eye, our priorities have changed. We see that what we once thought was so important is now looked upon as irrelevant nonsense. In fact, many people who have not prayed for years are now looking to God for comfort and help. 

Since this virus is insidious, no one is completely safe. Even those who are wealthy cannot buy their way out of this situation. Illness is the great equalizer because everyone, rich or poor, are at risk, and the fear of death is universal.

Sadly, human beings have been  accustomed to wars. It’s so easy to defeat perceived enemies when they are visible and we have weapons to protect us. It’s not easy when we feel that we’re at the mercy of an enemy  that is invisible and deadly. We really don’t like the fact that our knowledge is so limited, and we don’t feel comfortable with the feeling that we’re basically unarmed.

When this epidemic is over, every one of us will look upon life and relationships quite differently. We will be reacquainted with how valuable life is. Hopefully , we will not
focus upon silly differences, and recognize that we far more in common than we have ever  realized. I hope that this happens. 

Sadly, many lives will be lost, and many will suffer the pain of these losses long after the virus subsides and becomes a distant memory. So, I hope that you are safe and healthy. If you’re a health care worker, thank you so much, and may God bless you and keep you safe. 

Stay strong and let’s pray for one another. We are all in this together. This too shall pass.

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