Coronavirus crisis: The world is shutting down

New safety regulations are taken each day. It’s confusing and drains my energy. I almost can’t stand to watch the news about the coronavirus pandemic. It feels like we are all preparing to shut down the world.

Not sure what to feel about today, when for the first time in my life, I waited in line, outside the supermarket, for 1 hour, to be allowed to shop there. But it was my choice, as not all supermarkets have this policy.

To top all the utopian news I’ve heard over the past week, today it felt like winter. The wind was blowing hard, and after waiting for 1 hour outside in the cold, my head was about to explode. Twelve hours later, I’m trying to write about it, and it still hurts.

Today, I have nothing insightful. I feel tired, both physically and mentally. Starting from this evening, March 22, Romania has adopted new safety regulations regarding the invisible enemy. A curfew was put in place, and I can’t leave my house without a serious reason after 10 pm. Not sure what is considered to be a serious matter. There are some examples of what such a situation would be, but how are they going to check and most importantly, who is going to check?

The coronavirus crisis is slowly shutting down the world. It started by messing with our society, then it affected the economy and made us questions our values. Today it takes what joy was left of being human. I truly hope that I will read back this blog, in 2 months and laugh.

Not knowing what tomorrow will be like is one of the scariest things for us. We got used to our routines, to the comfort of everyday life. We got used to jobs we hate, to colleagues we dislike and like to complain about petty things. But this is clearly an extraordinary thing. The Coronavirus pandemic is turning into a crisis at all levels. At this point, I’m willing to listen to all conspiracy theories about it.

Will the world shut down completely? I hope not. Because, if it does, we will be just a bunch of lazy assholes, with lots of useless items, who can’t survive one day on their own. We are incapable of living outside the modern environment. Most of us wouldn’t even survive in rural Romania, where houses aren’t equipped with indoor bathrooms.

The thought of the world shutting down (except for the basic necessities) is a daunting one. I’m not saying it’s going to get to that. But we built this world, and we have to be part of it. Work for it. Be present. But how can we be present? Is staying at home the best option available? Leaving a handful of people taking care of the mess seems incredibly selfish.

Most importantly, is shutting down the world going to solve the coronavirus crisis? And at what cost?!

Iulia Vasile

Iulia is a travel expert, blogger, engineer, freelance copywriter, and a curiosity-driven personality. She sees travel as the ultimate tool for self-improvement and personal growth, and that's the main topic of her blog,

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