On Saturday evening, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker along with Doctor Colleen Cicchetti and Xandra Torres, a member of the teen health council of the Mikva Challenge, went on Facebook Live to answer some of the questions that the youth had about COVID-19. Hundreds of questions were submitted from youth all across the state.
We’re currently in a time where there are far more questions than there are answers and where the adults seem to be overlooking the struggles that the youth are facing as a result of this shutdown. Governor Pritzker wanted to ensure that the youth knew what we were going through and attempted to present us with solutions to the issues we’re all facing. It was refreshing to see some attention being put on the younger people who are being affected as well.
“When will it end?” A question many of us have but it seems no one has an answer to. Though the governor couldn’t give an exact time when the COVID-19 pandemic would be over, he reiterated the fact that “It’s important that we follow the rules, that we try to stay at home as much as possible.” By following the rules of social distancing and staying inside, not only are we keeping ourselves safe, but the people we may come in contact with as well. If we all choose to stay inside, it will benefit everyone because things will go back to “normal” sooner.
Lots of students are wondering when we’ll be returning to school as well. Torres said that this was a question submitted by 50 students. Again, no one has an exact answer as of right now, but doctors, researchers, and scientists are working their hardest to be able to provide us with new information. The main goal here is to be as informed and safe as possible as well as ensure that we’ve “figured out everything about this virus so that we don’t want anybody to get it if we [the mayors and governors] send you back to school.”
Hopefully, we’ll continue to find out more new information related to the virus and what other safety precautions we can take to remain safe and healthy. Until we find out more, continue to stay inside, wash your hands often, and practice social distancing because the more that everyone cooperates, the faster we can all jump back into our normal lives.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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