Where to begin? The most logical answer would be about 2 weeks ago when it all began. The corona virus has been around far long before it was brought to our attention. However, it began to take a lot more impact in our lives now.
About two weeks ago all of us began to hear about cases and how bad it started to get in Italy and China. Our reactions were more like “wow that’s crazy”, “sucks to suck”, “couldn’t be me” and “well, doesn’t affect me”. Then it began to expand and as soon as we know it, it’s here. At first we were being told everything was going to be fine and there wasn’t much to worry about but just to take safety precautions such as washing your hands. A few days later we found out about a case that was confirmed in our area.
Society, as expected, didn’t take it too well. The following day my school was dead. Half of the staff was missing for a meeting and half the students were missing because parents refused to let their children be exposed to the possibility of catching a sickness or worse, the virus. That day all the teachers didn’t really teach anything. They all prepared for the worst and made sure all online sources were working and ready for online classes and work. They tried explaining to us the situations and it wasn’t really hitting me.
Now that school isn’t going on and we work from home…I have way too much time on my hands. Before I complained about not having enough time and when I asked for me, this is not what I meant. In a way it is but there’s nothing to do. It’s been very hectic and no one can go anywhere without the fear of catching something. Parents won’t let their children out and workplaces are closing early. My friends are frustrated at home and the teachers aren’t making things any easier. Sports are being canceled and my senior friends are missing out on the life lasting memories like prom and possibly their graduation.
this is an image of how most of us have been doing; the only thing we really can do…
News reports and social media don’t make this any better. Society has the tendency to make things appear much worse than what they really are or they make a joke out of it. There’s no in between. Social media like tic toc and Instagram are full with quarantine and corona memes. Making the situation seem like a joke or simply something in the way of our fun. Which it is but it is far more than that. News reports are making it seem extremely severe. Yes the numbers are rising but there is no reason to scare society. It is a very dramatic and important pandemic that everyone needs to take seriously but there’s a difference between making people aware and making people paranoid. I mean everyone stocked up on years of toilet paper…I won’t even go into it.
New York Times has been sending me notifications and articles about this virus and everyone affected by it. Which, is basically everybody now.
At my job our hours are all getting cut because there’s not enough labor coming through. I miss my friends a lot more, I can barely see them. Better yet, I can’t see them at all. I wanted a break from the stress that school was bringing but I feel like school is making this a lot more stressful. My pre calc teacher assigned 60 assignments due Monday and plans on assigning more that same day. My human body teacher assigned a new unit which is confusing because we were told there should not be any new lessons. The teacher didn’t introduce us to this topic, we only got a packet for it and she expects us to teach ourselves the power point. She wasn’t even there for the packet, it was busy work because she was absent. I feel like I am mentally going insane being stuck inside isolated from everything. I don’t know how much more I can take. I personally am not really paranoid about the whole thing. Yes I am aware that it is serious and I’m taking all the safety precautions but it hasn’t really hit me. It’s like I’m at a museum just watching this happen and even though it’s all around me, it hasn’t really hit me.
I feel like this very well explains how I have been feeling. I am stuck at home overwhelmed by all the work given to us and how low my hours have been at work. I feel isolated and lonely.
Obviously I have no choice but to suck it up. But I feel like this could be handled a lot better. A lot of people are ignorant if they followed procedures when they’re sick. At some of the corporations related to the workplace, they had to shut down because workers would go in knowing they were sick. It is a crazy time we are living in. Who knows what’s to come.