I am not a scientist, but I am a student in NYC public schools that is doing blended learning. I have an opinion about coronavirus, and I want to share it with you. Being someone in this situation gives me the resources I need to do just that.
In order to go to school, many precautions are being taken. Masks must be worn at ALL times, windows and doors are left open, my father drives me to school instead of the subway, I have to fill out a health screening form every day. All of these things are the price that I pay, and so many other kids are paying, to go to school. (Many kids can’t even go to school, and don’t have the resources to work from home.) We are taking countless precautions in order to open, but is everyone else?
Everyone wants to open and return to normal but that’s just it. This situation is anything but normal, and treating it that way will hurt us all, again and again. As Lemony Snicket says in A Series of Unfortunate Events, “We are not out of the woods yet.” We can’t just fight the virus once and then press the play button on something that was paused. The virus is there, lurking in the shadows, and it will keep coming back until we realize that we can’t return to normal, and that a new normal is necessary.
In March and April, the U.S faced terrible losses and eventually we recovered, but the virus was still there. We decided that we should open, and the virus came back in July. The cases started going down again and we opened everything once more. Recently we have reached a new high of cases in the U.S. Each time we decided to open things up again we cost thousands upon thousands of lives. If you lost your brother, or your mother, or your friend, or a colleague, I am so sorry. You can help in making our country realize that we have to stop opening everything up and lying to ourselves that we have solved the problem. We haven’t.
I want things to be open so badly. I want to be able to eat inside, to go to school, to talk and laugh with my friends without the use of a video screen. I want to enjoy museums, and just be a normal kid, having fun. But what our country needs might not be what we want, and that is something that we are going to have to accept. We might have to find other ways to support our economy, and give up our brunches with friends, but just think: You would be saving so many people.
As a member of today’s youth, I can speak for the people I know. We hate living like this, not being able to see people and really feel their presence. It is a sacrifice I am willing to make in order to save the people you love, and the people I love. So, I am asking you, please, be patient and wait until the time is right, when we can defeat this virus once and for all. I am just a child and I am willing to pay this price, so why can’t you?
I am a member of today's youth. I am in 7th grade and attend The 30th Ave School. I always have a new idea that I want to execute and this is one that I am particularly proud of. I hope you enjoy my stories and hopefully the stories of many others. Once again, we all have a voice. I look forward to hearing yours.