Mother Earth is terribly sick today, and what has muddied the waters is the unwelcomed visit of the one-eyed novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). It is another symptom of the serious diseases the planet is suffering from. It is like a heavy disaster that has ravaged everything in its path, killing thousands and thousands of people and causing countless of harmful effects; some of them are terribly damaging and detrimental while others are more or less considered as blessings in disguise. It is spreading day after day like a wildfire in every nook and corner of the world with no possible curative vaccine so far. Nonetheless, and regardless the pains, I feel that there is always something good in every bad situation even if may not seem like for a lot of people as the quote goes” Every day may not be good, but there is something good in everyday”. It is so obvious that with the current pandemic many positive and unexpected things are floating over the surface. Examples of these blessings include “reduction in air pollution 20-30% in many cases in major cities around the world” (Airborne Nitrogen Dioxide Plummets Over China, 2020). Currently, the skies are bluer, the environment is cleaner and even people seem to be more responsible than any time before. In addition, we notice the perceptible decline in the number of traffic crashes as “Fraser Shilling, director of the Road Ecology Center at the University of California at Davis, found that highway accidents—including those involving an injury or fatality—fell by half after the state’s shelter-in-place order on 19 March”. (Shilling F, 2020). Moreover, People have understood that health is better than any other wealth because it is the most precious gift one can own. Furthermore, we have learnt to keep going in sadness and sorrow as Roy T. Bennett explains, “Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end”. (Bennett, 2020). Besides, for us as learners and educators, the priceless gift of this pandemic is distance learning, which is another suitable alternative to bridge the distance with the learners and assure the continuity of their education as an urgent response to the actual health emergency. If the virus has succeeded to shut schools and quarantine people all over the globe, it surely won’t prevent learners to seek knowledge.
Keywords: The Covid-19, Distance Learning, Students.