Lessons Learned: Covid-19

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2BEHRJJ (200414) — BEIJING, April 14, 2020 (Xinhua) — A staff member displays samples of the COVID-19 inactivated vaccine at Sinovac Biotech Ltd., in Beijing, capital of China, March 16, 2020.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, everything has changed. Whether this is graduation for the class of 2020, future job prospects, or pushback for the MCAT, things are changing all around. During this time, I have learned to sit back and appreciate what I have and even wrote a list of things that I was thankful for and worried about, alongside tips/resources to deal with my uneasiness.

First off, I am extremely thankful to have a support system at home. Although I miss my friends immensely, I have seven people that I can come home to. On top of this, I have a roof over my head, have enough food for two weeks, and have two parents who can work from home. This is a privilege that not many Americans have right now, and I am extremely thankful for these privileges.

Second, I want to discuss mental health. In college, I have found myself struggling with anxiety and depression, however, I was able to get help through counseling and amazing doctors. While I was able to get treatment, many do not have had the luxury of talking to a therapist or a counselor. While I am grateful for my mental and physical health, I have to acknowledge that not everyone has access to medication or therapy. Because of this, I need to do my part by reaching out to family, friends, and residents at OSU (especially international residents who may be undergoing many stressors during this time) to make sure they are adjusting well during this time.

Third, I want to mention how thankful I am for all of the RNs, DOs, MDs, PTs, PAs, etc… who are working tirelessly to fight Covid-19. As a way to appreciate them, I have done my duty of quarantining myself at home and self-isolating from others. Additionally, I have encouraged friends and family to donate any extra medical supplies that may help any individuals on the front line. (In fact, one of my friends donated his extra disposable gloves to a nearby hospital).

Now, I want to briefly include things have made me feel anxious and uneasy during this time. For starters, those who do not self-isolate or distance worry me. I feel like social media is a big part of any young adult’s life, and seeing people post pictures of themselves partying or hanging out with friends/significant others who they are not quarantining with makes me upset and frustrated. I just see this as a selfish and disrespectful act to those who are on the front-lines fighting this pandemic. Something else that makes me anxious is the idea that there are people who are homeless, in prison, or in abusive homes and cannot escape their situation. I just hope that there are people who are kind enough to lend a helping hand and make a change. Lastly, I worry about those struggling financially and those worried about putting food on the table. This is not an easy feat for those who have lost their jobs and no longer have a paycheck. I just hope that everyone is accommodating during this time and helping their neighbors.

Now, for the lessons I have learned:

  1. Don’t lose sight of what’s ahead. There will be an end to this pandemic. After all, there are plenty of intelligent individuals all over the world who are working tirelessly to create a vaccine.
  2. You cannot control people’s actions. As much as I want to yell and get upset at my peers who are not following government mandated rules, I cannot. Realistically, those peers will not care because they do not see the extent of their actions. I need to be okay with the idea that people make mistakes and they need to learn on their own.
  3. Empathy. Empathy. Empathy. It is crucial to think of others during this time and what they need. This means contacting friends and making sure they are taking care of themselves. A quick check up is so important and listening is even more important.

To end, I want to leave some resources down below.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-662-4357
  • Online Therapy: 937-716-2499
  • OSU Advocacy (for OSU students): 614-292-1111
  • OSUCCS (for OSU students): 614-29205766
  • Eating Disorder Hotline: 877-622-3243
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

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