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Op-ed: How COVID-19 is affecting our society

Photo Credit: Tony Perman

COVID-19 has changed life for everyone in a different way. It’s scary and confusing how quickly things have turned upside down for most. Maybe my family got lucky or we were just prepared thanks to my mom, but it’s really bad for some people. School shutting down, restaurants, places you like to visit, and friends. It’s like someone just pressed the off button.

We keep hearing these new terms like “social distancing” and “shelter in place.” The world is changing and it is a game of tug of war to see who will move first.

Aside from the bad, there is always a silver lining. Now, I can spend much more time with my family, even if it is confined to our house.

My school has just moved to online, a weak and lackluster attempt with too many drawbacks. My school is also thinking about discarding our second-semester grades entirely and only using the first, which would be unfortunate for juniors.

The news is now saying that our schools will likely be closed until next year. I don’t think I can do that. At first, it was fun missing school for a day, then you see how much you miss the interactions. Friends and updates about our school’s closure seem like the only things that are interesting right now — everything is just kind of hazy. The days seem like they go on forever and there is nothing to pass the time that used to be fun.

It’s like a situation you would see in a movie and just brush over it when watching. No, this is the reality we live in, and it keeps evolving.

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