In Sickness & Health: Blessings and Lessons From The Pandemic

In An Instant, Everything Changed

On March 6, 2020, Jamaica announced its first case of COVID-19, the mysterious virus that has been — and still is — wreaking biological havoc all over the world. Since then, the ticking of the metronome of time and space has seemed to be knocked completely out of tune.

Blessings And Lessons From A Pandemic

My friend Khadijah always reiterates that in everything, there is something to be grateful for, and there is abundance. It is up to us to find it. This virus consequentially gave us students an abundance of time. We had time to spend with our families, with our friends who are close by, with ourselves. It gave us time to learn a new skill, cook something new, binge Avatar twice, and finish the never-ending papers that were about to be heaped on us.

Lessons On Being More Careful

For everyone, this quarantine and the ensuing period of adjustment gave us a working lesson on our individual and collective responsibility to ourselves and each other. We have had to be cognizant of how frequently we touch ourselves, other things, and other people. We have had to wash our hands more often, and wear masks.

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