That Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on every aspect of our life is no longer an understatement. Vaccine or no vaccine, we probably will never lead our life the way we used to lead. Starting from the remote island to the dazzling city centres, the impact of this once in a lifetime pandemic is being felt by all of us. The deadly virus didn’t discriminate between the rich and poor, though arguably the poor are the hardest hit by this virus. People of all race, caste and religion have borne the brunt of this pandemic and are left with no hope at the end of the tunnel. Nearly million souls have succumbed to this invisible virus and unfortunately the procession of death is showing no sign of abetting. There is a sense of absolute hopelessness and misery everywhere. Yet, as we know from history, human beings always found a way to survive and recover. That is why it is absolutely imperative for us, who are fortunate enough to survive the pandemic, to remain resilient and show characters in the coming days and months.
Many of us have experienced depression and plunged into the abyss of despair for many reasons. However, most of us, particularly the 21st generation, were mostly unaware of the devastating consequences of a pandemic until Covid-19 struck us. As cities went into lockdown indefinitely across the world, the youths also locked up inside their homes. With no physical communication with friends and outdoor activities, most of us have become engrossed with digital devices which inevitably led to frustration and desperation thanks to all the negativities that flood our newsfeed.Moreover, the virus has been particularly punishing for the least developed and developing countries. Firstly, enforcing strict lockdown and following Covid-19 safety protocols are practically impossible for these countries. Countries like Bangladesh and India have shut down their educational institutes for months. This will definitely result in a higher number of poor students dropping out from the schools they were attending before the pandemic. Moreover, the incidents of child marriage will spike, as most poor parents will try to marry their daughters off to ease the burden on themselves. Hence, it is important that the government take steps to open the educational institutes gradually to stave off some of the implicit ramifications of Covid-19. Secondly, the small entrepreneurs are adversely affected by the pandemic and they are languishing for stimulus to survive. However, the poor countries do not have enough funds to bail out these despairing entrepreneurs. Hence, the developed countries and international financial organisations must come forward to help revive the economies, which are languishing for the steady flow of capital.
To conclude, we will probably have to coexist with this invisible virus for years to come and we don’t yet have an effective vaccine to shield us. Even the most developed countries are struggling to flatten the curve. Therefore, it is important that countries around the world unite and support each other. We should also look out for the most vulnerable and marginalised segment of our society and help them stay alive. Besides, mental health professionals should step in and create a large network to help fight the depression which is crippling so many of us. In addition, religious services and sporting events can play a significant role in lifting the spirit and morale of traumatised people who lost so much during this pandemic. Finally, we must have faith in our creator and look towards him for the salvation of humanity.
Khandakar Sakin Rahman, a student of Grade 10, DPS STS School, Dhaka