COVID-19 and the lessons it taught us

We have all led this life with the thought that we own the resources gifted to us by nature. We have also, at times ignored replenishing these resources, taking care of them and utilising them wisely. What stands now as the biggest truth comes as no surprise to us. We share this Earth with others. Animals, plants, insects, and these invisible bacterias and viruses. It is required for us as humans to respect this co-existence.

COVID-19 the pandemic has taught us what it means to abstain and refrain. As parents, elders, guardians, mentors and teachers it is time for us to teach our children a new lesson. Nature and environment studies till now has been about different fruits, flowers and their diagrams and names. Nature in its own way has shown us what it really needs. We must educate our future generation with these demands of nature.


While it is confirmed but reports suggest that for the longest time, world was unaware of the seriousness of the disease. While it could arise from wrong information or diluted facts, the reality remains that globally Coronavirus was not reported with the agility it deserved. What we learn from this is that in most cases in life we fear to escalate or report them to people close to us. Not in all, but in some cases when the situation goes out of hand, an external intervention by then is futile. We need our children to be wise decision makers. They should know when is the time to raise an alarm. Give children the confidence that they can trust you with anything at any time.


Be it injuries, minor headache or cold, we give self care the last priority. This does not imply that one must find the first bed and occupy it in the hospital but take immediate and effective remedial. If the nature of the disease deters you from having certain food items or puts restriction in some of your daily chores, do it. We might be feeling that taking precautions is unnecessary or time consuming or a waste of productivity. The Coronavirus scenario clearly states that taking care of self is of utmost importance in order to serve the society.


Children must be taught the importance of hygiene. Self cleanliness and a clean environment is indispensable at all times. It is our duty to show children how to keep themselves and their surrounding sanitised.


The current scenario of isolation and social distancing teaches us another important lesson. COVID-19 spreads with physical contact which is why the governments all across the world have requested for ‘work from home’ or ‘remote/distance learning’. There are several tools online that aid in being as productive as in office no matter where you are. Teach children how to use these. With artificial intelligence, more and more digital learning platforms, show children how easy and effective it can be to acquire knowledge and apply it being stationed.


Lack of awareness and no knowledge of execution plan has been the main reason behind the widespread of COVID-19. Most countries where the diagnosed cases and death toll has been very high, admit that not having the right information caused the outbreak. Talk to children about reading and keeping themselves updated about the news world over. Often we ignore a particular news considering it not relevant for us. Coronavirus has made us realise that the globe is too small for any fire to rapidly spread.


Obeying orders is a lifeskill all parents have been wanting their children to adopt. COVID-19 can just be a good time to show children a live example of what happens when you do not adhere to rules and regulations. The self-quarantine or social-distancing time was given to self heal or protect ones own self and that of others. Many employees and students took vacations ignoring the restrictions and advisories. As a result the disease not only spread but also took its extreme form of taking few lives in several cases.

Let us make the most out of this time and have the conversations we missed all this while. Let us spend this isolation together.

Written by

Khushboo Mohammed



Writer at Edustoke and Spectrum
A teacher by profession Khushboo gradually moved to training teachers and designing curriculum on platforms like Edu-e-web. As a founding member of the team of the first Global Schools Alliance progressive school in India, she gained thorough training on Project based learning.
Having taught in various schools for several years, Khushboo has gained her expertise in early years. She has worked in the capacity of a curriculum manager for preschool chains like Footprints and Klay Prep Schools and Day care.

Leave a Reply

Notify of

Most discussed