Posted April 1, 2020 by Mark Perna
It’s time to get serious about saving lives—and jobs. Mark’s article, “Three Ways Millennials And Gen-Z Can Make A Difference Amid Coronavirus,” published at Forbes.com on March 24, 2020.
Young people today are among the most incredible generations this country has ever seen—and not even a worldwide pandemic can change that. On the contrary, the current health crisis is an opportunity for the Millennial and Z-Generations to show the rest of the world what they’re really made of.
Young people, it’s time to make a difference. You were told that coronavirus wasn’t a big deal—certainly not enough, for some Gen-Zers, to reschedule your spring break at the beach. Well, turns out it’s a big deal after all.
The coronavirus crisis is upending life as we know it, with no end in sight. Even though current data seems to indicate a relatively low mortality rate for COVID-19, no one is immune to the economic fallout. This is not just about protecting your health and that of others—it’s about protecting our future as a country. With numbers like a 20% unemployment rate being tossed out there, your career and livelihood may be on the line. As the economy goes, so goes your job.Young people today are among the most incredible generations this country has ever seen—and not even a worldwide pandemic can change that. Click To Tweet
The faster we contain this virus, the quicker the economy—and everyone’s life—can bounce back. Here are three ways you can start making a difference.
Right now, social distancing is the most effective strategy for containing the virus. Working from home if possible, giving up your personal routine, maintaining safe physical boundaries, and yes, washing your hands seems like so little in the face of a pandemic. And yet, that little is so much. Brash defiance of social distancing guidelines and shelter-in-place directives is not courage. Be a leader and set an example in protecting those who are more at risk than yourself.
As a digital native, used to creating content and engaging with others on social media, you already have a platform. Use it. Expand it. Become an influencer among your peers. You have incredible talent in communicating online—and no problem making your voice heard. Make it heard, loud and clear, for the cause of public health and economic vitality.
The best way to get through a crisis is to focus on helping others. Social distancing may require some creativity, but there is always a way to help. Use your tech-savviness to maintain meaningful connections, help others learn how to use technology, and maintain positive morale in a time when we can’t physically gather. Someone out there needs you.
If you want to make the world a better place, now is the time to step into the breach. Then, and only then, can you hold others accountable for their impact on social health and wellbeing. You are the ones who can turn the tide so that Italy’s story doesn’t play out here. Let’s get to work—from home, of course—and get serious about stopping the physical and economic devastation of coronavirus.