The coronavirus pandemic or also known as COVID-19 has once again reminded us how vulnerable and interconnected we all are. And who would have thought that this virus that originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019 could spread so quickly to different parts of the world, prompting the World Health Organization to declare it a pandemic. It clearly proves that, in one way or another, we are all connected to each other. We can be different from each other in many ways, but if we try to look deeply at the thread that unites us all, we will be amazed at the many things we can find that we have in common.
This coronavirus disease has shown us our shared vulnerabilities. Everyone feels at risk. Everyone feels unsafe. Everyone can be carriers of this virus. If we’re not careful, we can’t only acquire it from random people, but also infect many others. We’re all experiencing the same feeling of fear, anguish, and confusion right now. We’re all feeling the same need for mutual cooperation in the name of survival.
In an effort to slow down or control this pandemic, governments around the world were doing their part, and we all realized that cooperation is imperative and that this only reminds us all that we are, in fact, a global society. We also feel the need of communicating well, as this incident allows us to be aware of the fact that communication is not only essential in our interpersonal ties with those who are close to our hearts, but also in ties of mutual dependence on the world level.
And while in times of natural disasters and pandemics, when these things can make some people selfish, paranoid, and indifferent, when viewed from a different angle, they also bring out the best in us. We can take a look at what happened to the Philippines in November 2013 when super typhoon Haiyan, considered one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded, destroyed everything in its path. It sparked spontaneous acts of solidarity in the community of nations to reach out and help.
When viewed from a different perspective, this pandemic has become a tangible opportunity for world unity against a real and common threat. It allows us all to think about the things we need to consider, like restructuring our priorities, partnerships, and conscience. It paves the way for us to think that against a greater common enemy, we can all unite to defeat it.