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From 1-day old babies to 100 year old elderly, everyone suffers from isolation, stress and anxiety. As social beings, isolation takes a toll on all of us. However, it is no doubt, amidst these uncertain times, that less fortunate families are adversely hit the hardest.
Furthermore, pandemics are widespread and unpredictable. The spread is unforgiving, often leaving a trail of destruction behind. Besides the carnage it leaves behind, it further weathers down the spirits of the people and worsens their pre-existing problems. The effects can ripple out and reach destinations far from the epicenter. Developed countries, such as Singapore are able to cope with this pandemic, remaining relatively unscathed by the wrath of the virus. However, I am worried about the technological capabilities of other countries, and whether the healthcare systems in other countries are able to cope with the overwhelming demand. For the more developed countries, I feel that during this period of time, we should take some time to appreciate the reason we can live, play, and work. It is a chance for us to reflect. Personally, I feel really fortunate to be living in Singapore, as we face minimal disruptions due to our relative affluence and support from the government, such as the Temporary Relief Fund.
" It is a chance for us to reflect. "
Many of us who have access to electronic devices like laptops, face minimal disruptions as we are able to continue working and studying at home. While we are unable to meet face-to-face, we are still able to socialise and use our smartphones to connect to, and bond with the people we love around us, like our friends and family, by using Video Conferencing platforms like Skype, Zoom, and Houseparty.
As for the less developed countries, I believe that it has been clear that some of them might not have better lives than most of us. Thus, we should push ourselves to donate to meaningful initiatives such as the COVID-Solidarity Response Fund to support the World Health Organisation (WHO), to minimize the destructive impacts of the virus. We should collectively pitch in to invent a new vaccine and provide proper sanitation to people living in rural areas who do not have access to clean supply of water . We should also take part in campaigns that support the adoption of lifestyle and health to keep in good shape in this period of uncertainty.