COVID-19 has tested Human Solidarity like nothing before.

At the dawn of the new millennium, medical science has undergone unprecedented progress in this century, which bestowed marked benefits upon the well-being of the entire human race. While many diseases that affect humans have been eradicated due to improvements in vaccinations and the availability of healthcare, there are still areas around the world where certain health issues are more prevalent. Among these is the COVID-19 pandemic, which was originated in Wuhan, Hubei, China in late 2019, is now a global phenomenon affecting all people in all walks of life. We all know that the government raised the alarm to stay at home after getting devastating news about spread of Covid-19 pandemic around the world, and it almost seemed like "car crashed and burst into flames". This is because it was all of sudden and virus spread out at a staggering rate. Prior to diving deep into lessons we learned from the pandemic, let's start with its impacts that has encompassed educational, economic and social disruptions worldwide. On an educational level, numerous educational institutions and public areas have been partially or fully closed, and many events have been canceled or postponed for the sake of public safety. Although it left a little or no room for students to gain education in traditional schools, the benefits of this trend cannot be ignored as it offered countless opportunities for them to pursue their tertiary education by doing home-based learning. From an economic perspective, providing funding for future generations and making a secure living became even slimmer. In other words, after encountering mandatory lockdown, citizens had to avoid socializing publicly. This is because there were a myriad number of vulnerable people, including seniors and children who were highly unlikely to fight against the virus with a strong immune system and thus needed to concern more about their physical safety. Besides, limited phone service and no internet access made it even harder for rural dwellers who were affected by the virus to gain sufficient and effective treatment, as well as the long distance which they had to walk miles to reach the nearest medical center or pharmacy. Nonetheless, despite the influences of the shadow pandemic mentioned above, the government was able to respond quickly by allocating a humongous amount of its financial resources to find a silver bullet for this alarming issue, not to mention huge amounts of loans that were taken from wealthy regions due to lack of financial provision in nations. On a societal level, in both the First and Third world countries, there was often a very large discrepancy between the options available to people in different social classes and income brackets. No wonder the pandemic contributed to widen this gap by raising the issues of racial and geographic discrimination, health equity, and the balance between public health imperatives and individual rights. To add to this, this pandemic left the entire community trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, inequality, and hopelessness. In stark contrast, however, it is difficult to see a potential silver lining from the devastating novel coronavirus pandemic that has been wreaking havoc with the health of those around the world and ravaging the global economy. Nevertheless, if we look ahead, there is potential good to come out of this unprecedented time. Thanks to the pandemic, there is now a tangible improvement in the environment. For example, as many countries imposed quarantines and strict restrictions for local and international travelers alongside companies, people were highly unlikely to travel abroad, and which has caused a large decline in air pollution and water contamination. But, just think what would have happened if the COVID-19 has erupted in bygone days rather than 2019. In all likelihood, nobody back then would have figured out what caused the epidemic, how it moved from person to person, or how it could be halted (let alone cured). Under such conditions, the COVID-19 might have killed a much larger proportion of the human race, equaling and perhaps even surpassing the Black Death. Of course, this problem has not been completely solved, but it has been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces into a manageable challenge. Preventive measures were and are still being taken to reduce the chances of infection by staying at home, getting vaccinated, wearing a mask in public areas, avoiding crowded places, ventilating indoor spaces, washing hands frequently, and to name but a few. What is more, various vaccine programs are keeping a lid on infection rates and allow a faster return to relative normality. If we had not faced the COVID-19 pandemic, how would we switch our mind from the traditional education system into distance-learning ones or strengthen the unity between countries by lending money and giving a hand or curb the environmental problems in such short period of time?

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