It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but that’s because I have been busy starting my second-ever college semester. I am almost a quarter of the way done!
I was busy with in-person classes, walking to the library, getting coffee with friends, and going to the gym. I was busy enduring random rainstorms while I joined my classmates in an awkward jog toward academic halls, umbrella and Aromas coffee in hand. I was busy enjoying the bursts of warm sunshine and clear skies that Virginia beautifully offers, even in February.
As I am sure you can relate to, I was busy doing normal stuff, all before Covid-19 became a pandemic.
The past week has been a whirlwind of uneasiness while I am on spring break. Travel plans are completely sabotaged and toilet paper is no where to be found. My college, among many, many others, have closed, either temporarily or through the end of the semester. In a week I will begin online classes, still in my spring break location as it is too risky to fly now. For the next two weeks at least, our lives will be in this unprecedented limbo while new cases emerge.
I certainly underestimated the danger of coronavirus until a few days ago. The fact that the whole world is in upheaval due to this virus must mean it is pretty serious. At first, I thought an extended spring break sounded great. It still does, honestly. I could go home and see all my friends from other schools! The reason we even have this extended spring break and cancelled school, though, is to stop the spread of a virus. I now understand the importance of social distancing and staying home. At this point, washing your hands is not the top priority. Staying away from people is.
It will be interesting to see how our nation performs as majority of schools and businesses go cyber from home. Is this a glimpse into our future if technology continues to advance to the point where we do not require in-person interaction? If not, this will really make for an intriguing dystopian novel in the future.
For now, stay safe, wash your hands, and practice social distancing. It is up to each individual to “flatten the curve.” I attached the article that includes the explanation of this phrase and more information via my dad below.