When Time For Kids magazine asked their readers for their thoughts, feelings, and opinions about the global coronavirus emergency, Lausanne student Shanaya Pokharna '27 knew she had a story to tell.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives forever. We have been at home, but I salute all healthcare workers who have risked their lives every single day to help us stay healthy and safe," Shanaya said.
Her story was one of six shared by the magazine from students around the world:
The last few months have been a roller coaster ride. Coming back home from my spring break vacation, I got news that school is closed for two weeks. Being a kid, I got excited, but I didn’t know what was in store for us. Here we are now, months later, still stuck at home. I never thought I would be doing my classes virtually. Who knew this would happen?
Right after the “stay at home” orders, my mom tested positive for COVID-19 and our family was quarantined for 14 days. It was really challenging for all of us, especially for my mom, who got sick, and my dad, who is an infectious disease physician. Those were the worst two weeks in my life.
Watching my mother suffer with fever, cough, and shortness of breath was heartbreaking. I had tears in my eyes, but I didn’t tell my parents about it. I was thankful that my dad is a doctor who knows how to treat COVID-19 patients. After three weeks, my mom got better, and she came out of her isolation room. It was then that I took a sigh of relief.
My dad is a true hero. He was taking care of us, and although he was in quarantine, he was seeing patients every day via tele-med (video-call appointments) and saving lives one at a time. My dad has been treating patients with COVID-19 every single day and serving the community selflessly. I am proud of him.
Shanaya went on to say that the experience taught her to be grateful for the things she has in life.
"My dad has taught me to be selfless, helpful, and courageous," Shanaya said.
Her advice to others?
"It is OK to be anxious, but remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel and life will get normal again. This is the time to do creative projects and explore hidden talents and connect with family and friends."
That is a advice we can all learn from.
We are so proud of you, Shanaya! We are glad your mom is doing better and are thankful for all the frontline workers in the Lausanne family...including your dad!