We’ve just passed the one year anniversary of the start of the COVID quarantine. Things are certainly not back to “normal” yet, but they seem to be slightly improving. Healthcare professionals are continuing to learn more about the virus and how to treat it. Vaccines have been given to the public. Things are starting to finally look up. Despite this, people are taking this small amount of progress as a sign that COVID is gone and that isn’t the case.
Florida is known to be a spot for people to hit during spring break. Even though there has been an uncountable number of warnings that people shouldn’t be traveling there for vacation, many have let this information go in one ear and out of the other. According to Click Orlando, there has been more revenue brought into hotels during this year’s spring break than there has been in years, even before the pandemic. From the images of the massive amount spring breakers that have been circulating online, you practically have to search to find someone properly wearing a mask on their face, that is if you find one at all. It’s simply unfair to those who are following the proper protocols to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
“It’s extremely selfish on the part of the travelers, and the government should be restricting travel if they want to handle the pandemic in some capacity,” said Lloyd Maxwell, a sophomore at Howard University. “I personally believe in lockdowns as we’ve seen that they work with a plethora of other countries, some who are even COVID free as of right now.”
To make matters worse, there are some states such as Texas and Mississippi that have completely removed their mask mandates. There are even some states that never required wearing masks or face covering to begin with. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott went as far as declaring the state as 100% open. ABC News reports that Texas has seen lowered hospitalizations and positivity rates related to the virus. This decision is still irresponsible considering cases haven’t completely disappeared just yet and because there is a new variant that excerpts have detected.
“It’s honestly disturbing how a lot of people are starting not to care about COVID,” said Amariyon Lee, a senior at Whitney Young Magnet High School.
As unfortunate as it is, it seems that people won’t start taking the virus more seriously until things begin to spiral out of control again. We’ve practically been in the same space for the last year with little progress made simply because of irrational and irresponsible thinking. Maybe another major lockdown is the solution.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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