by Threxia Kate Macalde

Threxia Macalde is currently a 3rd year nursing student with a minor in public health. Below is her synopsis on COVID-19.

As if the coronavirus couldn’t have come at a better time, it most certainly has a negative social impact for the public, which then messes with the treatment plans.

It created a wave of panic, which we have seen in the past weeks with people running to stock up on groceries, bathroom tissues, hand sanitizers, gloves, masks, etc.

Social media and any news outlet illustrates Coronavirus as a deadly disease by over-exaggeration completely dismissing the fact that it has a 97% survival rate.

Instead of being calm and cautious, we see racism, lack of self-education on the disease, and acts of greed and selfishness.

It also is affecting businesses worldwide as well as school and education. As students, we enter a new world of education: virtual education.

As the New York Times stated, businesses are closing at earlier times, people are working from home, and there is a call for social distancing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

This wave of panic is negatively affecting the medical world with the shortage of items and the unnecessary panic as if health workers everywhere aren’t already scared.

As a whole, we need to be cautious and calm and stay home unless we really are in need of something.

Not doing so imposes a risk to yourself, friends, families, and health workers alike.