COVID-19 Edition March 24, 2020 by Amisha Chhetri Leave a Comment While brainstorming about how I was going to start this activity, I mostly thought of how this has affected my life in the past few weeks. I thought about how I haven’t been outside my house in so many days. I thought about how all of my family (my mom, dad, brother and I) are under the safe room after so long. Then, I went online to look at how people are responding to this pandemic. After jotting down a few points, I realized that everything I had were negative reactions. Then, I tried to write a positive view to every negative point. For example, I haven’t been outside my house in so many days, but I could be productive indoors by eating healthy, doing research on a topic I’ve always wanted to learn about, etc. This really helped me look at COVID-19 from a different perspective. While I wasn’t able to fit a lot of these points into the constraint map, it helped me reflect my lifestyle for the past few weeks and how to improve it in the near future. While researching, some of the situations that caught my attention most were: people that need to go to work due to their responsibilities of feeding and sheltering their dependents (which creates a higher risk for infection), students that don’t have a home to go to, homeless people that are in a much higher risk for the coronavirus, etc. However, on a brighter note, I also read about how different companies are doing whatever they can to help. For example, Burger King has been giving away free meals with any purchase made. MGM Resorts has been partnering with food banks to donate lots of food. Similarly, UberEats has also been donating food. These are just a few companies. It was very interesting to read about how companies are helping; it gave me a sense of humanity within the company and helped me realize that they don’t just sell products or services, they actually care about their consumers. Looking at some historical events that relate a lot to COVID-19, I found The Black Death to be very interesting. Although COVID-19 hasn’t been as serious as The Black Death, it does have a lot of similarities. It was caused by a disease called the bubonic plague from the years 1346 to 1353. It ravaged Europe, Africa, and Asia with a death estimate from 75 million to 200 million people. Doctors were powerless against this infectious disease. The Black Death affected the people’s way of life in so many different ways. Reading about The Black Death made me realize that even people that went through The Black Death survived it. And it gave me hope for our situation. So, we should keep faith and help each other in any way we can and hope that this ends soon, so we can get back to our normal lives.