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5 Things COVID-19 Taught Us in T&T

5 Things COVID-19 Taught Us in T&T

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1. How to properly wash our hands

Credit: Eyewitness News

Remember when you were a child and you thought you were finished bathing but your mother would look at you and say “nah, you eh finish bathe. Go back.” Well, it turns out most of us aren’t finish washing our hands when we think we are. Experts say you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure that they are clean. A fun way to keep track of this time is to sing the Happy Birthday song twice in your head, and you’ll be good to go. Not only that, but there is also a smart way to wash your hands to ensure you cover the entire surface area of your hands as seen above.

2. How to self-police

A few of us may be having a hard time with this one, as many of us rely on others telling us what to do. The Government has been on television daily, pleading with citizens to stay home unless absolutely necessary. For the most part, the onus is on us to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and communities by practicing social distancing and proper hygiene. Of course, many of us believe we know best when we take a chance going out and coming into contact with others. But do we really? Can we be relied on to be socially responsible? Time will tell.

3. How to be resourceful

Our way of living has changed. We’ve had to adapt and recognise the things that are truly important and the things that are not. We’ve all had to get creative in a short space of time so that we can continue with some semblance of normalcy as we go about our daily lives. Given the tough situation we have been placed in, I think we should be proud of what we have accomplished so far.

4. We’re not really in control

I don’t know about you, but this situation has me thinking so much about how little control over our lives we have. We’re all wondering when this will be over so we can continue making plans for our lives like we usually do. Unfortunately, no one in Authority can tell us when things will be back to normal. I’d say we have to go with the flow on this one. 

5. How to look at the bright side

“I am so tired.”

“I am so fed up with this traffic.”

“I wish I could spend more time with my family.”

Do any of these statements sound familiar? Many of us have been so busy we have not had the time to declutter, read, meditate, exercise, or do whatever we’ve been wanting to do. But now we have the time to take it easy. We can get to some of those meaning-to-do things we didn’t have time for before this situation. Despite everything, it’s a great time to look at the positives and be grateful for the present as it is now. Granted not all of us get to take it easy, so a special thank you to those persons who are still grinding for the benefit of the wider society. 

What has the COVID-19 pandemic taught you?

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