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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world mercilessly. Everyone was affected somehow, and after almost two years of curfews, bans, vaccinations and unfortunate incidents, tiredness has set in. Is that really our “new normal”? We are not entirely sure. The pandemic was not all doom and darkness, however. Babies were born, people got married on a smaller scale, and all the while many are still finding ways to smile and appreciate life. While some things are out of our control, we try to keep up the hope that light is at the end of this tunnel and try to hold on as best we can.

The Weekend Gleaner decided to speak to people about how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Alexis Chin-Tufail, Marketing and Communications Manager, American International School of Kingston, 32

“Since the pandemic broke out, I’ve experienced a huge amount of emotions – fear, fear, and insecurity – but there has been one surprising and constant emotion in the background that keeps me going and that is gratitude. Gratitude not only for my family, whom thank God I really like; a roof over our heads; Food on our table, but also for something we normally take for granted and that is health.

“As a young mother, the last thing you want to do with a baby is when it spends its first year of life indoors, away from close friends and other children. But I have to keep reminding myself that I am not alone. We’re all in it together and together we can get through it. That feeling allowed me to gain a helpful perspective and that grounded me. I know that I am blessed to be able to use this time to immerse myself in my family. We were able to spend more time together and our appreciation for one another grew with the knowledge that we are fortunate enough to play an important role in not only protecting ourselves and my child, but also helping to protect others through the simple vaccination.

“Although I wish this situation were different for the whole world, the time we have with loved ones and staying healthy is a gift and I choose to be grateful and focus on it.”

Ann-Merita Golding, speech pathologist, 37

“Like many of my colleagues and colleagues, I do my best to stay positive and adapt to this ‘new normal’. Wearing masks, constant hand washing, and social distancing have become a normal part of life and actually help me feel more secure in public spaces. Now, with the unprecedented spike in COVID cases this summer, I have an increased sense of fear and frustration towards those who disobey the protocols and join an obvious rebellion and ridiculous conspiracy theories.

“As an associated health professional, my clients and patients are at a disadvantage if they have setbacks in their therapy and rehabilitation process due to the lockdown and curfew measures. As a clinician, I am concerned about our country’s youth and the cognitive, social and psychological impact the pandemic is having on their general development.

“I have decided to do my best not to contribute to the spread of the virus. I am vaccinated and follow strict protocols at home and in my office. I have chosen not to attend public social events or gatherings as I firmly believe that it is simply not the time to party and gather in large numbers, whether people are vaccinated or not, especially if so many people die and mourn the loss of loved ones or just try to deal with it emotionally.

“I am at the forefront of solidarity with my healthcare colleagues and with parents who want their children to go back to school for the benefit of their future. I made the personal decision to practice selflessness because I am fully aware that each of us must sacrifice life as we knew it in order to achieve life as we know it if we get through this and want to return to a semblance of normalcy would of course want to. “

Antonio Spence, Assistant General Manager, NCB Insurance Agency and Fund Managers Limited

“It has been both challenging and rewarding to navigate through this pandemic. On the family front, my teenage daughter began to love online school. After six months, she couldn’t wait to meet face to face. On a business level, we have seen improvements in all of our businesses and are optimistic that even better days are ahead of us as Jamaica and Jamaican recover. “

Dr. Canute James, Senior Lecturer, Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication

“I can cope with this, but I hope we’ll see some positive changes in the trends very soon. The numbers are increasing and that is very stressful, but despite all the stress I manage well. ”

Dane Lafayette, Assistant Manager, Geddes Refrigeration Limited, 40

“With the country approaching the COVID-19 crisis two years ago, like many people I was forced to adapt to the ‘new normal’ of operations. In the beginning it was very difficult to accept the sudden change and expectation of wearing a mask, social distancing, working from home and even homeschooling my kids. On the business front, new measures had to be implemented quickly so as not to affect day-to-day business. However, when it became clear how deadly the virus is and how much it affects many people and businesses around the world, the desire to survive and also protect my loved ones quickly changed that view.

“Many people may question the effectiveness of the recent lockdown. However, as hospitals are now exceeding their capacity and their inability to help or care for the sick becomes more apparent due to the unavailability of needed resources such as oxygen, I believe that any action taken to contain the spread of this deadly virus will benefit everyone come. The difficulty now is to reconcile both personal and professional lifestyles.

“Despite the implementation of creative means and practices, companies are also negatively affected. I look at this by putting into perspective that, in order to win the war on COVID-19, not only must we all develop a coping attitude, but we must also make the sacrifice to do what is necessary to eradicate this virus . The process of maintaining health has intensified at all levels. My attitude towards life has changed significantly as I have a deeper sense of appreciation and appreciation for people and especially for my family. The desire to try out new things and gain new experiences is great. “

Emmanuel East, student, Jan.

“It’s pretty sad that I can’t go outside to talk to my friends and go back to school. I didn’t handle it well because I want to go outside and see my friends again … but when I’m sad, I check out TikToks to make myself happy. “

Gavin ‘Blak T’ Martin, dancehall artist, Jan.

“It’s not really good because of the many opportunities I’ve been given to show my talent, which is what [had] put on hold. I try everything to stay relevant, even if my supporters don’t have the opportunity to see me personally. I have to do everything I can to stay in their eyes through social media. Although I got a few opportunities due to the pandemic, it is not possible as the entertainment area is now kind of locked so it was really difficult.

Keisha Davis, market vendor, 41

“It was really tough at the start. I was scared, but after that it was normal. Business was fine. It’s like a normal day. Even for the past few weeks people have been rushing to get things … it’s like you don’t have enough to serve the customer. Before, the pandemic business was slower for me. I got along well on a personal level. One thing I’ve done to make the experience a little better is pray. “

Panseta Simon, retired teacher / headmistress, 60+

“It was a difficult situation, but with God’s help I can get through. One good thing that I can really speak about is that the Lord made my son available to me to go into technical areas like the market for me so that I don’t have to go into those areas. I stay away from the crowds until things are clear. So far I’ve been through this and God has protected me. “

Tori-Ann Ellis, student, 20

“From the perspective of the students, this pandemic has had some impact on learning. We are not in physical space where we can get more attention when facing challenges. Being in virtual space brings a lot of distractions. In general, I have dealt with this pandemic by adapting to the changes rather than complaining. I’ve adapted by finding things to do, talking, and looking after my friends and family as much as possible. “

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