I'm currently a freshman at Los Altos High School and live in Mountain View, California. Our last day at school was on March 13th, and I've been at home on break or attending online school since then. My days consist mostly of being on the computer, either attending online classes or animating on Scratch. For a while I was enjoying this more relaxing lifestyle, but then once online schooling ramped up, the days became less easy-going. Yet my complaint about online schooling is less about the workload and more about stress load. It’s overwhelming to have the entire weeks’ worth of work thrown at you on Monday morning. Not only that, being assigned specific online Zoom classroom times adds more stress and time management to the equation. I’d much rather prefer to go to regular school over what we’re doing now.
COVID-19 pandemic immediately halted society. Nonessential stores are closed. A few stores are still open but have limited hours and have restrictions on the number of people coming in. During this lockdown, the streets are eerily quiet and it’s almost apocalyptic since everyone is at home.
It’s been a long time since I last sat down and wrote down my thoughts.
It’s currently Day 35 of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia since lockdown was first announced by the government last March. News of the novel coronavirus first caught my attention back in January when the lockdown of Wuhan, China (the epicentre of COVID-19) was reported in almost every news outlet. What I didn’t realize at the time however, was that the situation in Wuhan would soon become our own reality in just a span of a month and a half.
Feels good to be appreciated!
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The news around COVID-19 hit me suddenly. I was in the middle of processing a transaction for a customer, when my coworker came to tell me that we’d be under a lockdown starting at midnight. It explained a lot: the rush of customers withdrawing large amounts of cash, the endless busy traffic in the parking lot, the outlandishly long lines at the supermarket across the street, the continuous messages blowing up my phone... I looked at her worriedly, unsure of how we would be affected.
It seems like everything we hear about today is the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing has been made clear: Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing a face mask out in public. While N95 face masks are recommended for health care workers, we as part of the general public should all be wearing a type of hand sewn cloth face masks when running our essential errands outside.
I want to call everyone to action in doing our part to help one another during these anxious times. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven individuals to stock up on much needed supplies. Yet more than ever, now is the time to be compassionate to each other. We need to share our resources, maintain our six feet distance, wash our hands diligently, and clean our surfaces.
Amid our new reality of shelter in place, our family enjoys watching thought provoking movies and documentaries. Just this past evening, we discovered “Freedom Writers” starring Hilary Swank while perusing Netflix - an easy decision given our admiration for the actress. “Freedom Writers” tells the story of how an inexperienced teacher motivated and inspired at-risk students, who were struggling with issues such drugs, gang violence, poverty, and homelessness, in a racially divided community in Long Beach, CA. Wanting to make sure that this story was not another Hollywood’s fairy tale, I did some research into the real Erin Gruwell. What I found was that her real-life story was even more incredible than the version portrayed by Swank.
Remember to be kind. If you're part of an industry which allows you to work from home with a steady income still flowing through, reach out to those whose jobs may be compromised during this time to see how you can help. Support small businesses, whether it may be restaurants or independent apparel brands - and especially support health workers.
Another one of the many successful women I'd like to celebrate is Elizabeth Freeman. Born into enslavement around 1744 as “Mum Bett”, she would later bravely challenge the newly adopted Massachusetts State Constitution in 1781 to win her freedom.