The Effect of the Coronavirus
Coronavirus. This word can evoke utter stress and panic for many people. We turn on our TVs, open up our phones, or even have a conversation with our families and friends, and everything is centered on this virus, COVID-19. There is no escape from this topic, because it is truly a matter of life or death for many people.
However, the problem I am having about it in the United States is the criticism of our government. Scrolling through Twitter or flipping through news channels reveal a constant litany of complaints about how President Trump and our government is mishandling the situation. I do not think a pandemic is a time to be political. This is not the time to be arguing if the Republicans or Democrats are right. This is a time for the people of the USA to come together and help each other.
The Bias of the Media
Use any search engine. You will see article after article ripping apart the President and how his administration is handling the virus. Even if people do not agree with everything they are doing, we need to look past that and take actions to help stop the spread in our communities. I think we should channel our energies into checking on loved ones and practicing social distancing, all for the greater good of the United States.
Forgetting Politics During a Time of Crisis
Being a teenager in a time of a pandemic and looking at all these media sources is really difficult sometimes to pick apart what is the truth. However, why focus on politics? We need to come together to help. I have a strong belief right now that no matter what you believe regarding politics or your opinion on our government, now is not the time to spread negativity, anger, and fear.
Instead of stirring up unneeded drama on social media, people should be asking themselves what they can do to help the people of the United States. News sources should be trying to project hope for the American people instead of more daily stress. People need to come together and focus on keeping the curve as flat. We can change the severity of the outcomes this COVID-19 will have if we come together. The word coronavirus will never again be just another word. But we can minimize its impact by assuming personal responsibility and rejecting the blame game.