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Impact of Covid in Student Life

Adib Ahnaf Chowdhury

Impact of Covid in Student Life

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Have we ever imagined how life would be if we were stuck at home for nearly two years? It sounds very eerie but this is the reality that the world faced this kind of situation during 2019 to 2021. In this period, Covid was at its peak and people, especially students suffered a lot in various ways.

Covid-19 is a contagious disease which was first discovered in Wuhan, China. This disease is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The first ever case was traced in November, 2019. This virus later expanded rapidly across the world and the WHO (World Health Organization) declared an emergency. The symptoms for Covid-19 is Cough, Fever Chills, Shortness of Breath, Muscle or Body Aches, Sore Throat, New Loss of Taste and Smell, Diarrhea, Headache, New Fatigue, Nausea or Vomiting, Congestion or Runny Nose. People of various age groups were affected and millions of people died in this pandemic.

As WHO declared an emergency, lockdowns were set down in other countries, restrictions at crowded places such as social distancing, wearing masks, staying at home as much as an individual can work from home, school from home and so on. This was also the beginning when students were being brought up to a challenging situation. During 2019 to 2021, students did class from home but they were being exposed to the internet too much then before. The enormous game industries took advantage of it and started creating addictive games. For instance, Pubg and Freefire are some of the most popular games but they have a negative impact on the students’ side. These two games are based on violence. The main point of the game is to survive till the end by eliminating others. Here it is not necessary to explain as there are several articles published on it. Games of these types affect the physiology of a student and lead to violent behaviour, game addiction, effects on physical health and mental health. That led to another huge problem in the world that students are not focusing on studies. Online classes were not as effective as in-person classes as we thought. In the long term this will affect the world economy but let’s talk about the present. They made excuses for not joining the class, Example: Microphone not working, Internet quality is not good, Camera not working and many more. Some of them were genuine but most of them made up these stories so they can have their free time doing unproductive things. This created an impact on the education of a student and created a gap. Online classes also couldn’t connect the students’ with the teachers’ correctly so a lot of them even struggled. Online education also downgraded a student’s communicating capability as they were not in touch with people for a very long stretch. This led to isolation as well because they couldn’t cope up with their classmates.

Too much exposure to the internet made children and teens enter the world of social media. Many children to teens were cyberbullied as they didn’t know how the media worked. This can be a reason for depression and anxiety. Another reason is comparing yourself with the person you are seeing online. People in social media will always post their bright side and never think of it and end up comparing themselves with that person and become depressed. People post going abroad with friends and that creates an unrealistic expectation on your mind about life and friendships.

The amount of negative effects of Covid-19 is unimaginable but the points stated here are valid to more people. The question is are these problems reversible? Can it be solved? The answer to this question is within you. Let’s go back to 2017 or maybe 2016. Were we using the internet that much at that time? Did we play online games back then? If we have answered these questions then we will realize what changes we have observed during these years. If we can realise then, it's reversible, and can be solved by you. We should always have the mindset to be better, not bitter. Then this Covid – 19 situation is not a problem. Since Covid influence has been reduced, people are going back to their normal life, this is the time to bring some robust changes. Teachers should be careful as well as the students. We need to work together, help each other to heal the damage we have done. Together we can strive for betterment.

 

The writer is a student of Grade-VI, Scholastica School