Just as Tarun Betala, the author of the book The Things We Don’t Know, said: “We ought to, as human beings, have the courage to seek a collective ‘truth’ that benefits our species the most.”
During the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP), it’s obvious that medical staff deserve our respect and admiration. However, ordinary people are making contributions in their own way.
Since the outbreak of the disease in mid-January, provinces and municipalities across the country have launched emergency measures calling on citizens to stay at home.
Following the government’s rules, most Chinese people have given up their Spring Festival family gatherings to stay at home. They dutifully wear masks when they have to go out. It’s not easy, especially for teenagers.
“Staying at home for more than 25 days is quite challenging, which means I can’t have fun with my friends face to face and I feel quite bored and lonely,” Zeng Jingxian, a senior high student from Longcheng High School in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, told TEENS. “But as a citizen, I have the duty to do so to protect myself and contribute to slowing the spread of the virus.”
In an interview with Xinhua News Agency on Jan 28, Chinese respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan suggested that people should not wander around their cities. This way, it will reduce the risk of infection. Chinese internet users launched a hashtag on Sina Weibo, which translates to “Stay at home until Zhong allows us to go out”.
中国呼吸科专家钟南山1月28日在接受新华社采访时，建议大家不要到处跑。这么做能够降低感染风险。中国网友还在新浪微博上发起了一个话题 —— #钟南山说动才动#。
Actually, following the rules not only contains the spread of virus, but also helps people develop a healthier habit in daily life.
Since we were very young, our parents and teachers have told us to wash our hands frequently. In truth, many people forget or don’t bother to wash their hands before eating.
With the outbreak of the virus, they have started to keep it in mind and practice it with more enthusiasm.
“I’m happy that more Chinese people can develop good health habits now. That will make them stronger,” Zeng said.
Indeed, the individual is the collective, and the collective is the individual. As we deal with a public crisis, each individual should follow the advice of medical organizations and professionals.