COVID-19 is affecting us all, but we’re all in this together

By · 27 March, 2020 · Blog, Features
By Dylan Storer

It’s quite the understatement to say that we don’t currently live in very uncertain and challenging times. The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected every element of life all around the world, and here in Australia.

For me, a first-year university student, the pandemic has undoubtedly had an impact. I moved from my home town in remote Western Australia at the start of the year only to find myself on a flight back home just three weeks into the semester. I’m currently self-isolating for two weeks before finishing my trip to my family in the Kimberley, an area currently under strict travel restrictions.

Many young people don’t know whether their school will continue or go online and they are unsure of the effect that will have on them. This unease has a significant impact, especially for students in their last year of High School.

March 2020 and the months that follow will go down in history books. Still, I hope it’s a time not just known for the negative but also for how we rallied around each other and our communities. I have seen countless stories of people, especially young people, doing good things to help out. Whether it’s organising a toilet paper donation scheme on campus, volunteering for a food bank, delivering groceries to those self-isolating and technology and social media to find other innovative ways to lend a hand.

It’s not only a way to give back and help out, but it’s also a way to keep busy for the long road ahead. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres summed it up quite well “This is, above all, a human crisis that calls for solidarity,” he said “in managing this crisis, we also have a unique opportunity. Done right, we can steer the recovery toward a more sustainable and inclusive path”.

This pandemic is a genuinely global event the likes of which we have seen only a handful of times in the past and certainly not in my lifetime. The main difference now is that we, every single human on planet earth, are all in this together.

Stay strong and stay connected, even while social distancing.

This article does not represent UN Youth Australia as a whole – this is simply an interpretation by one of our fantastic volunteers in hope to create ideas and increased dialogue surrounding this topic.

To be a guest contributor to UN Youth Australia’s blog, please contact the Chief Communications Officer at communications@ojgi.cn.

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