A year ago today, we were ordered to go on lockdown for two weeks. Don’t know about you, but it’s been the longest two weeks of my life.
It hasn’t been all day drinking and depression, though. We’ve learned some pretty important lessons living through historical events of a magnitude that cannot even be measured yet.
So, without further preamble, here are ten things the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us:
- Children don’t necessarily need to attend classes in-person. We hear it endlessly asserted that kids are suffering from not being in school. Some are, which sucks, but many children are thriving with virtual instruction or homeschooling. Remote learning should be a permanent option in every school district, especially rural ones.
- Most people could have been working from home all along and could remain working from home in the future. There is no reason for the majority of workers to waste time, energy, and money commuting.
- Americans applaud essential workers with cheesy car parades while refusing to pay them a living wage or give them healthcare. We expect them to risk their lives for a literal pittance and pat ourselves on the back when we thank a cashier who we obviously find expendable.
- Angels really do exist. We call them nurses.
- A certain subpopulation really hates teachers. Their "grasp" of history, science, and grammar makes this immediately obvious. Don’t worry teachers, most of us love and appreciate you.
- The majority of Americans are ignorant, self-centered, sociopaths completely willing to watch fellow human beings die on the streets as long as it doesn't clash with their brunch plans (Blue team) or NASCAR (Red team.)
- Certain words have been rendered meaningless, such as “challenging” and “unprecedented.”
- Some of you were a real disappointment with the toilet paper and Lysol hoarding, but at least your family, friends, and social media contacts got a glimpse of your true colors.
- There is no "normal" to return to. This is the most bitter pill to swallow, but the U.S.S. Return to Normalcy has long since sailed. We have to carve out a new way of living or live no more. And honestly, that may not be such a bad thing, either way.