The Prism: Every Side of the Story

Coronavirus and its Impact on Families

The Coronavirus epidemic has taken a massive toll on people, but also families as a whole. People are built on habits and how we live our lives on a daily basis. This virus has stopped people’s daily activities and forced us to quarantine and stay home for months. Families have been forced to spend more time with one other. This extra time spent together could be a positive as it is a bonding experience, however, it could also be a negative because it could cause more conflict.

There is always a positive in having to stay with family for a longer duration than normal. From personal experience, I’ve done more things with my family due to the virus. I’ve started cooking more with my sister and parents and also played more games like monopoly and chess. Bringing people together can help to develop more of a connection with each other. During a pandemic, you realize the family you are quarantined with is truly the closest people to you. During this time where you can’t be around others to protect your health, your family is the only people you’re “allowed” to be around. Time is the only thing we have during a pandemic where we are home. Time to learn from each other, time to talk to each other, and especially time to learn more about each other. When we had the ability to go outside it was a lot easier to get away from family and not have to talk to them. This time at home gives us the ability to get over conflicts. Family comes closer together during this time because you realize everything you thought was important or seemed as bigger than what it actually is was taken away in a second. My family and I came to the conclusion that the little quarrels we go through are not that big of a deal. There are people getting sick daily, passing away daily, and people who are in hospitals daily. My family and I are healthy at home. Although it may seem like a time that is stressful because you can’t be around friends, truly we are blessed. We have the ability to go to the supermarket weekly even without going to work every day. We have the ability to go to class online on our computers, play video games, and watch movies whenever we feel. There are families that don’t have the freedom to do so or don’t have the means to go grocery shopping. 

Although families are forced and enabled to spend more time with each other because of the coronavirus, it may not always be a good thing. There are many families that aren’t considered the ideal family. Being home daily gives families more time to get into bad habits. Parents that drink too much and beat their children are now given more opportunity to do so because the children must stay home. Siblings that don’t get along with each other for whatever reasons are now forced to spend time with each other. This could increase the animosity and anger in the household. Husbands and wives who argue daily are now arguing more because they can’t get away from each other. Parents that don’t have the means to provide three meals daily for children relied on the school system for food are also struggling. Children that normally don’t get outside much and are always glued to a computer whenever they get home from school have an abundance of time to continue those bad habits. This isn’t good for their mental or physical health. School gave a lot of children’s time to interact with others, a safe place to spend their time, and in some cases gave them food to eat. These are all facts we must not forget. 

It's easy to be upset by this tragedy and this pandemic, but truly, it could always be worse. There are families not eating, families not getting along, families that need help from others just to live during this time. There are so many things we go through that may seem like big problems, but truly it could be worse. I would've loved to have a ceremonial graduation, but truly I am healthy and happy and my family beside me is the same way. And for that I am lucky. 


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