Constraint Map March 24, 2020 by Erin Mooney Leave a Comment With this assignment, I found my biggest struggle was identifying which elements to focus on considering the Coronavirus is occurring on such a large scale, affecting so many. Though the lengths of this pandemic reach so far, I have particularly noticed the affects it has on the individual, and aspects that directly influence a singular person. I found this view on it to be quite interesting in a very isolated time with almost the entire nation in quarantine. I, myself, have struggled with these things. I chose to focus on the personal factors of mental stability, health and money. Mental stability, or mental health and well-being, was the first thing to come to mind considering it is difficult to be happy in isolation. I started to brainstorm ways in which relationships can be maintained even through self-quarantine, which would require creativity and determination. With today’s technology, communication is relatively easy; I even find my friends and I have group FaceTime sessions to remain in contact. I then looked into the health aspect of everything, as it is a virus we are dealing with. By health I meant the hope to remain healthy during COVID-19, and most importantly, be aware of oneself. One of the greatest problems with this virus is that people do not realize they are ill and will continue to go out, infecting the healthy. In order to keep this from happening, one must be in touch with oneself and remain aware. Lastly, the idea of money is something that is definitely on everyone’s mind – considering the current state of the stock market. Throughout this pandemic, people have been becoming incredibly paranoid and over-purchasing like mad. This is a problem for people who don’t have the money to buy in bulk, ad can’t afford to get a year’s worth of toilet paper. I suggest, in my constraint map, to remain educated on what is really happening in the economy in order to avoid spending money unnecessarily. Upon doing research of historical similarities to COVID-19, I found some information on the Spanish Flu of 1918. This was a global pandemic as well and caused a plethora of deaths throughout the world. This pandemic lasted from 1918 to 1920 – two full years. Considering this was 100 years ago and it took two years to get under control, in this day and age, we should be able to stop the spread of this virus much faster. With this in mind, why is the end of COVID-19 so unclear and seeming to be so far away?