Coronavirus demands that we all work for the collective good

Quinn Soltesz, Audio Editor

When thinking of such a historical and odd situation as the one we are collectively living through, it is difficult to formulate an opinion on it. The opinion becomes warped into a collection of first-reaction thoughts and selfish exhaustion with the events of the world. I have to look at the situation of coronavirus, COVID-19, the rona, and my opinion on it, as one that is not just of me, but of the thousands, perhaps millions, of individuals whose lives will be taken or ruined by the consequences of this crisis.

Corona has scared me since I found out about its existence. I have an unexplained fear of these sorts of things, menacing agents of destruction that are near-impossible to plan for. I could examine the implications of this fear, but will refrain from doing so at this time. 

The first months of the year, I often saw news stories of the growing crisis; at one point, I had a near panic attack over it. Nevertheless, I still went to the gym, came to school, went out of the house. 

Now that life has sort of stopped for the foreseeable future, I can see the lead up more clearly. This virus is something I am afraid of, but it is crucial for me to see my place in it as one of collectivity, rather than self-prioritization. 

This crisis will only grow. Thousands have already died, and millions in the United States alone have lost their jobs and are suffering economically. Myself, a young, relatively healthy and economically privileged person, needs to make decisions that recognize those blessings in this volatile time. It is imperative that people put themselves into the larger societal perspective of coronavirus. 

If someone finds themselves able to stay home and avoid all unnecessary contact, do so. If a person is able to help someone who must leave their house, do so. If a person has the finances to donate to aid the global effort combatting the crisis, do so.
Times like these highlight and underline the importance of society, the group, acting in interest for each other, contrasting the vicious one-upmanship that has taken root in the minds of so many.