#StayAtHome: Journals by children amid the COVID-19 pandemic - Blog 4

A special mini-series written by children for children

Tudor & Dominique
24 March 2020

Hello! Welcome back to all!

Tudor and Dominique, members of the Children’s Board, are addressing today a new topic: fighting stigmatisation and discrimination, but also disinformation, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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I shall start with discrimination, which kept the world torn apart for a long time. Unfortunately, in some places, discrimination is still happening, and we should strive to eliminate it.

One example is the discrimination of people of Asian origins in the context generated by the Novel Coronavirus. Though in perfect health, they were, in some cases, labelled as diseased and therefore discriminated against and assaulted. So, we should better focus on the people who carry this virus and walk the streets at will, and not discriminate anyone. Coronavirus can affect anybody. It knows no ethnicity or nationality, nor religion or age.

Moving on to disinformation, one may say a lot about it, but not even one single good thing. Disinformation is present in every debated topic: climate change, discrimination, viruses, etc.

The example that comes to mind is precisely about Coronavirus and goes to show that people are prone to disinformation. Disinformation leads to more people being affected by the virus, since, if people were aware of the protection measures, the virus would not spread so much.

Tudor
Arhiva personală

Disinformation leads to more people being affected by the virus, since, if people were aware of the protection measures, the virus would not spread so much.

 

Tudor, 12, Popricani, Iași
Dominique
UNICEF/Dominique

The only way to fight a pandemic is to stand together, united by a bond of selflessness and solidarity.

Dominique, 17, Râmnicu Vâlcea

The only way to fight a pandemic is to stand together, united by a bond of selflessness and solidarity. We don’t need to touch one another in order to look into each other’s soul and understand what they need. The problems caused by COVID-19 in Italy are much more serious than the ones in our country, yet the Italians find the strength to come out on their balconies and sing or write messages to support eachother. 

The virus is no longer something that impacts one country alone, but the entire world, and this requires us to do the right thing, to support those in need and spread kindness around. Be it a smile, be it a note slipped under the door and reassuring our elderly neighbours that we are there for them, each and every act whereby we demonstrate our trustworthiness brings us closer to the people we care about, the people we live alongside in the community.

Fear is not an excuse for being hostile.