"Fears are as biological as any virus, simple byproducts of evolution and our environment. We all carry them with us — whether it’s a fear of dying, loneliness or forgetting to mute while Zooming on the toilet. But I truly believe, even for someone as anxious as I’ve been in my past, that we can control the extent to which our fear consumes us."
"I fear that I will miss out on the significant milestones in this new chapter of my life. Living away from my family, experiencing the difficulty of college classes and making lifelong friends, for instance, will all be shadowed by the influence of this virus."
"COVID-19 has challenged the speed at which science can be done, and researchers, scientists and healthcare professionals across the globe have risen to the occasion."
As the plane crashed to the ground, it released one piece of its cargo: a 24 megaton hydrogen bomb. Although it harmlessly parachuted to the ground, an item of grave concern was still aboard the aircraft: another 24 megaton hydrogen bomb.
The crisis seems abstract and difficult to imagine. For people with elderly family members or family members with preexisting conditions, the threat of the coronavirus exerts a very real pressure and imprints fear on day-to-day life. My family is one of them; my mom is immunocompromised.
So, instead of prioritizing productivity, let's put empathy, creativity and self care at the top of our to-do lists.
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"Over the past several weeks, grocery store shelves have been completely cleared of toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, meats and non-perishable goods, creating an atmosphere of scarcity. Similarly, during World War II, North Carolinian families faced scarcity due to wartime rationing."
"Both my parents work in the healthcare industry, and the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. has posed a significant challenge to the two of them. My father is an infectious disease doctor in Dallas. He and other health care providers are working constantly to test and treat patients with the virus. My mother works with hospice and home health care companies, and her work, too, must continue amid coronavirus concerns."
COVID-19 is the world’s first social media pandemic, and we all have a responsibility to fight back — especially when misinformation can have life-and-death consequences. Stay informed, and stay safe.
There are two things that are going to mark the end of social distancing. One, enough of the population will have caught the virus and developed antibodies against it. Two, a vaccine will have been developed and available to the public. Although the first option would likely result in more fatalities, the second option isn’t exactly the go-to choice at the moment.
"And when time inevitably comes that you or someone you know needs treatment for COVID-19, who would you rather have the mask?"
To say it rings hollow when the Dean of the Graduate School urges graduate students to come to campus in this moment because they are “an important part of the team” understates the appalling insensitivity of the message. What Dean Barbour conveyed, with crystal clarity, is that the graduate students are only an “important part of the team” when the University needs them.
"We want to know what you’re up to, how you’re coping, your at-home workout plan, which philanthropic causes you’d recommend supporting and so on."