BY ISABELLA MARCON
The coronavirus pandemic has seemingly turned our world upside down, and it might be a while until we see the light at the end of the tunnel. With countries around the world in lockdown and businesses closing, we must find solace in our own homes. But what happens when we’ve played Minecraft for over six hours a day? What happens when we’ve rewatched as many seasons of “90 Day Fiance” as we could? Here’s the answer: streaming YouTube videos.
We all know that staying up until three in the morning isn’t exactly good for our health, but who’s going to stop us when the world seems to be nearly ending? The question isn’t when we’d want to go to sleep, but why would we? Now, we have an answer. You’ll now be able to escape into dreamland with a video of actor Samuel L. Jackson’s soothing voice whisking you away while reading you a bedtime story.
We’ve talked about what you can stream during the night, but what about during the day? If it’s Friday, Saturday or Sunday, musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a famous Broadway musical each week during the pandemic on “The Show Must Go On!” YouTube channel. If you’re one of those people that have friends who are always talking about Broadway musicals you’ve never watched, now is the chance to watch them for free without having to get out of bed. Check out one of these musicals.
Although eating cold, leftover pizza from the local Pizza Hut may seem appetizing for a hungry teenager, it can become mundane for others. Learn how to cook delicious, yet easy meals by streaming chef Gordon Ramsay’s 10-minute cooking videos on his YouTube channel.
In the times of this harsh pandemic, local businesses are especially struggling to keep afloat. In support of local businesses, singer Billie Eilish and her brother and producer Finneas streamed a live performance– Verizon “Pay It Forward”– to YouTube on April 22, that you can now go back and watch freely. If being able to stream a free performance by Billie Eilish doesn’t convince you to support local businesses, I don’t know what will.
Although all traveling is prohibited during the pandemic, this doesn’t mean you can’t experience the enchanting Duomo di Milano cathedral while still in quarantine. Stream Andrea Bocelli’s opera performance in the ancient cathedral right from the comfort of your home. Even if you aren’t into opera, you can still admire the cathedral’s amazing architecture.
None of these videos are going to cure COVID-19 or make it so we can go outside like we used to anytime soon. What they might do is make us laugh, smile, cry and forget about the pandemic for a while. If the mind can be a prison, then the videos can be a key to freedom.
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