Covid-19 is currently one of the biggest pandemics only second to the Spanish Flu. COVID hit the US like a wildfire in March of 2020 and states started to quarantine. Now, in September, businesses are starting to reopen, states issuing mandatory mask orders, and self quarantining if you have the virus.
Cases are starting to slowly rise up again after now hitting six million cases. Which brings the question: Are people following the rules during this pandemic?
Yes and no.
Some people put on their masks and quarantine, but there are people who don’t wear their masks, go to social gatherings of more than 10 people, and etc.
The reason cases are spiking in the United States is because people aren’t taking the precautionary measures seriously, like sanitizing your hands when entering/exiting a building, wearing a mask when entering/exiting a building, social distancing, and etc.
“I think COVID-19 is inevitably going to shut down the school again if proper steps aren’t taken to prevent it,” senior Braden Baker. “I personally think that bathrooms should be sanitized and cleaned much more, since many people will be going to them to wash their hands.”
English teacher Joann Cassano states her matter as well.
“Honestly, I think this school has really solid plans in place. Given mandates from the state/district that our admin has to follow, I think our school has done the best it can to make sure students and staff are safe,” Cassano said. “The only thing that can make our school safer is people checking their personal attitudes—making sure to follow the rules whether you agree with them or not.”
Some are struggling to come to terms with the virus, while others take it in stride.
“I think by now I’ve just made my peace with it. At the start there were varying degrees of stress, stir craziness, confusion, fatigue, and “it’s not so bad” depending on the day,”
Cassano said. “Now I think I’m at a place where I feel fairly calm because I know what I can do to keep myself and my family safe; I know what I can control and I focus on that. My only big stress is just general concerns that I’ll put my family in harm’s way.”
For more information on the Coronavirus, check out these links below.
Centers for Disease Control
National Institutes of Health
El Paso County Public Health