Let’s rewrite the story of this pandemic

by Andrada Costoiu

Amid the avalanche of statistics and scary news about the Novel Coronavirus, one can feel overwhelmed with not so good feelings. And it is normal, when you see the exponential growth of this pandemic.
Across the world the media is spreading the concerns about the evolution of the pandemics, the dark and the gloomy. Day after day we see warnings, we see politicians that are worried, some of them complain, some of them criticize the others.

But I want us to move beyond that. Behind politics and all these statistics there are lives, none of us is just a number. We are people and we are fighters. While scientifically we slowly advance, in daily life we see people shine with hope, with stories of kindness and love. Let’s bring these up.

Write about yourself, about people in your neighborhood or about things that you have heard. Spread the positive, bring up the best in us as humans.

Love finds a way

Yes, quarantine, closed places, and not being able to do the things you usually do, can be disturbing. But!! But we can still find our ways to express the way we feel, can’t we? And through this, there is togetherness and there is power!

Look at this old man, whose wife is quarantined in a Connecticut nursing home. They’re celebrating their 67thanniversary, but he cannot join her inside. So, he is in front of her window. Isn’t it beautiful? Here is the link to the full article.

Here is another story, of a son that goes to see his father everyday. His father is also in a quarantined nursing home.

He sits outside the window and talks to his dad through the phone . Here is the link to their story .

Hope: old people are survivors too

We know that old people are affected the most. But among them, there are stories of survival.

Geneva Wood is a A 90-year-old woman who contracted coronavirus at Life Care Center senior care facility in Seattle. She’s doing well and she’s recovering. Here is a picture of her eating her favorite potato soup!

In Italy, there is a 95 years old woman, Clara Orsini that has recovered as reported by Gazette Di Modena.

These women are beacons of hope for the elderly people and those with chronic diseases.

We stand together

Spain, Norway, France, Scotland and many other places, started national applause campaigns. People are clapping from their balconies and from wherever they are for the nurses, doctors, and for all other healthcare workers who are working hard and help those who are ill.

Here is Madrid, Spain

Here is another one, from around the world, provided by Washington Post. Copy and paste this link in your browser : https://wapo.st/2Uo5b0h

And these are big pictures. But small stories of solidarity are in each and every neighborhood. Young people offer to shop for the elders, neighbors report full shelves in the grocery stores instead of focusing on the lack of different supplies. 

Faith has no boundaries

We are all different, aren’t we?  Race, ethnicity, religion, these all have managed to draw boundaries around our little planet. 

Here is chart from PEW (a research institute) about how total world population is divided across different religions.

How many conflicts the religious divide has fueled in the world? How much violence and hostilities?

And here is what is happening today. Doctors and nurses around the world are praying before entering their shift, each in their own way. 

In Pakistan (albeit they are too close from each other!:))

Hospital staff pray before joining their shift, outside a hospital setup for coronavirus infected patients in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

In Palestine

this is a disinfecting crew in Palestine

The Pope prays, people pray everywhere….each of them in their own way.

So, here we are, with these humble displays of humanity.

There is love, there is hope, there is faith and there is “together”.


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8 thoughts on “Let’s rewrite the story of this pandemic

  1. i dont think it is the religion that fuels hostility, violence and troubles in our world; its a handful of bad people in power, position and money that uses religion to stir emotions and manipulate through main stream media the masses of global population. No religion teaches us to be cruel to living thing, let alone our fellow beings.

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  2. Thank you for your comment. I hope you have not misread what I have written. I do not think my article argues that religion is used by masses to fuel hostility. On the contrary, I think that we are all the same, and, by example, I show different people from different parts of the world united in their faith and in their humanity. And I agree, religion and other social markers (such as race, ethnicity and others) are used to fuel conflict.


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