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Unprecedented Times: Everlasting Effect of the Pandemic

Lifestyle

Americans now live in a reality that is, at the same time, an improvement from and similar to life before the coronavirus outbreak changed our lives on an extraordinary scale.

People have changed. What society normalizes now is significantly different from before, as COVID has played a major role in causing changes in people's lifestyles, the economy, and medicine. In terms of innumerable areas, the spectrum of civilization has brought about indefinite diversity that profoundly impacts tomorrow and shapes many elements of life today. It is important to reflect upon this time, which has conveyed substantial life lessons for us all and has provided us with awareness that we need.

Although the world has undeniably been negatively impacted, it is important to note that we can capitalize on learning ways to do better. Gaining insight from the past is important, as reflecting leads to this course of learning. Let us now practice this and explore the general status of the way things are nowadays, after COVID's dominance has lessened.

Behavior Altercations

Unparalleled events, unusual times, a societal shift, a life-changing experience— there are countless true definitions of coronavirus disease. Every clinician who has provided patient care during these challenging times has identified novel behavioral patterns in their patients. Psychiatrists are very aware of how patients use their emotions, behaviors, and cognitive processes to shield themselves from the turmoil around them, as well as how they process a global tragedy as big as COVID-19.

The pandemic has spurred international scientific research. Priorities for health research, study designs, and modified methodologies are often determined with the support of patients' and families' feedback, which is typically representative of many. For fear of catching the fatal disease, agonizing social isolation, economic hardships, and other mentally taxing stressors caused communities all over the world to suffer. This amounts to the wide range of circumstances that people face on this planet, from barely being able to live healthily to comfortably living with support.

The exceptional stress imposed by the epidemic is one of the main causes of the surge of behavior changes. This correlated to restrictions on people's capacity to work, ability to contact loved ones for support, and prevented engagement within communities.

Stress

COVID has played a role in terms of adding to the stressors that cause melancholy and anxiety, including loneliness, fear of illness, suffering and death for oneself and loved ones, losses, and financial concerns. Exhaustion from these subsets has been a notable contributor to suicidal thoughts and actions.

Studies, tests, and experiments have been carried out, and findings show the dramatic incline in drug use that stems from stress. The world-renowned disease is a major factor contributing to the millions who live in abject poverty, the countless that are malnourished, and the many that have lost their jobs. Taking these drugs serves to the "stress-free" stimulation, which has taken a toll on people, even at school.

Since there was nearly nothing to do, many people's innate reactions simply prompted browsing through things like social media 24/7. Large numbers of children, many adults, and teenagers underwent an increase in the use of technology. Delving into the amount of influence...

Influence

People are created equal, regardless of their culture, religion, profession, level of wealth, or fame. This illness goes to show that we should all treat each other fairly, as this virus indiscriminately attacks. For the safety of one another, staying inside and avoiding social engagement with strangers was customary. As everyone was inside and had to adjust to keeping indoors, people were constrained and restricted from doing activities that they would normally do before COVID. As schooling began, many diversions provided a hand for people to showcase and produce content on the internet. To many, the internet was a great companion, allowing research, enlightenment of more knowledge, completing tasks (from ethical to unethical), and going against honor societies such as school (e.g., answer keys to schoolwork) as less productivity resulted in laziness.

On the more negative side of things, the internet has deteriorated people's mentality, whether it is in regards to cyberbullying, ideological influence, or abstract consumption. Owing to the brief videos and vibrant colors, apps such as TikTok have influenced how people think, decreased many people's attention spans, and given people the chance to spread unethical ideas.

Economy

An existential danger exists for millions of businesses. The livelihoods of over half the world's population (3.3 billion workers worldwide) jeopardize the economy. Workers in the informal economy were particularly vulnerable because the majority did not have access to social safety, high-quality healthcare, or productive assets.

Many people were unable to provide for themselves and their families throughout the lockdown because of factors such as money they received and the limitations on access to life necessities such as food, means of transportation, bills, and other essentials.

No other disease has had the significant, negative influence COVID-19 has placed on the stock market, including the Spanish Flu. In actuality, earlier pandemics barely left any effects on the American stock market. A growing body of research suggests that the government's cap on commercial activity, social isolation, and the service-oriented economy are the main factors that contributed to the U.S. stock market's stronger response to COVID-19 than to earlier outbreaks.

Redefined Reality

This epidemic has had permanent effects on all walks of life and has evolved to become an eternal lesson, one that has been "put in the books" and has taught us in an all-around manner.

It's crucial to evaluate how communities can be rebuilt and developed as people anticipate the end of this health crisis. Considerable structural adjustments can counter the crisis-exposed deep-seated disparities that can progressively become worse. In addition to dealing with the crisis's immediate repercussions, the world now has a great opportunity to embrace policies aimed at attaining a future of work that is human-centered.

Conclusion

All of these fundamental pieces are interrelated and bound together due to each factor's reliance upon one another. For all of humanity, COVID is a prime example of equality. Humans are ultimately responsible for maintaining the natural order of life on our planet, and as such, we must all learn to adapt to any eventualities that may arise. This pandemic has indirectly reminded us all how valuable our lives truly are, and it is important that we should essentially live it up, even through times as drastic as COVID.

Abel Mesfin

Abel Mesfin is a 16-year-old high school student from east-central Minnesota. Abel is passionate about mathematics, research, and innovation. He believes that with faith and desire, anything is possible.