Isolation, Abuse And Distance Learning
The coronavirus pandemic placed extraordinary demands on everyone in America, as well as most individuals across the entire globe. In efforts to curb the spread of the virus nearly all of the United States was shuttered for a period of time, as the government set out stay-at-home orders for all non-essential workers. This meant nationwide school closures, closed business, and extensive layoffs, which has led to the largest unemployment rate since the Great Depression. The anxiety and fear surrounding contracting the novel coronavirus, including the extensive list of severe short-term effects as well as the unknown long-term effects remain palpable in America. There have been millions of deaths, individuals that have been forced into extended social isolation, an exponential surge in abuse and an abundance of tangential mental health disorders that have risen from existing during a pandemic. Still, the emotional fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will no doubt be astonishing.
Social Isolation and Social Distancing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides social distancing recommendations with regard to COVID-19. Most recently, some examples of these guidelines include the following:
- Regular cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic areas.
- Wear a mask in public.
- Maintain a minimum distance of six feet from people other than who you are living with.
- Wash hands thoroughly and frequently.
- Try to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth in public.
- If you are sick, stay home.
When an individual is exposed to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19 he or she is required to remain in quarantine for fourteen days. If an individual tests positive for coronavirus, he or she must remain in quarantine for a minimum of four-teen days, and as long as he or she continues to test positive for the virus. While necessary to slow the spread of the virus, this has resulted in prolonged periods of time where some individuals remain in complete isolation without physical contact and/ or face-to-face interactions with their family and friends.
Families that may not be used to spending significant periods of time together were suddenly ordered to remain home for an unknown period of time. This can expectedly elevate emotions; paired with financial uncertainty and no emotional outlet, it can quickly turn to abuse. Unfortunately, social isolation can exacerbate abuse and reports have further found a clear increase the prevalence of abuse since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Distance learning is a controversial topic. School age children that are unable to attend school due to COVID-19 related closures are also unable to be in the presence of other children outside of their immediate family, which requires at least one parent to remain home to care for their child, which in turn prohibits the economy from fully functioning. In efforts to provide students with educational instruction, school districts across the country implemented distance learning. Distance learning often consists of synchronous and asynchronous instruction over the Internet. Depending on the age of the child, in many cases this requires a parent to assist in accessing the online lessons, as well as oversee the process. Parents quickly developed resentment for having to act as teacher for their child, while simultaneously attempting to complete all employment duties related to working from home. Teachers, some of whom are also parents, became frustrated as they were working double time to prepare the differentiated synchronous and asynchronous content with minimal materials. Students became discouraged as their space, opportunity for socialization and in-person instruction were abruptly torn away and new and confusing expectations were quickly thrust onto them.
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