COVID should not define the next generation

Editorial

Wednesday, January 27 2021

There is a term starting to pop up to describe babies being born since the COVID-19 pandemic began. That term being Coronials. This is not a term that should be attached to these children for the rest of their lives.

It’s one thing to talk about the Greatest Generation; the Baby Boomers; Generation X, Generation Y, and Millenials. Even Post-Millenials makes more sense.

But the COVID pandemic is not these children’s tragedy.

They are being born amidst it, but it is not something they need to be identified with. While it will form some of the foundations of the world they grow up in, the ones born today are not the ones who will bear the scars.

Some of today’s older youth will remember this pandemic.

Some will have lost loved ones to it.

But most will not remember it in the same way as the adults around them. They are experiencing it very differently. 

This is not their tragedy. At least, not theirs alone.

This is also a defining moment for the adults around them. 

How we behave now will determine the world they start their lives in, and that - more than COVID - will define their generation.