Contributor is exactly Ethan White
Covid statistics and how they effect meDuring the past few months, I have learned a lot about viruses, especially covid from the news, my parents, and science class. When someone gets covid they usually recover in about 1-2 weeks which from my friends and family who had it seems right because that's how long it took them to recover. Right now the death rate according to a site is less than 1% in America and 1 per 800 people who had it have died. I personally don't know anyone who died from it but I pray for all the people who have lost friends or family because even though it's less than 1% it can still affect people very negatively. There have been roughly 24 million cases so far and I hope it gets better.
Covid SystemsWhen Covid started I didn't know much about it. All I knew was it was like another flu and it was another virus. After a few months of Covid, I started to have friends and family who got it. Some of the symptoms my aunt and her sister had was a loss of smell and taste and they had fevers and were kind of fatigued. My old basketball coach got it and he had the same symptoms. Many many people have got it all over the world and I'm glad that I only know a few people who have it, and are fortunate that most of my friends and family are healthy.
First thoughts of covidWhen I first heard about the virus I was at school in the hallway going to Spanish. I didn't know much about it, but I remember them saying we might have to be online for a month or two, maybe even going through summer. When I got home that day I watched the news about the virus with my dad and saw details on it I originally thought it was like the flu and I turned out to be right. And when I found out that we would maybe have to wear masks wherever went, I was distraught. But I learned to live with it and shockingly we still have to nearly a year later. I don't know many people who got covid except for my aunt and her sister who had gone on a trip to Europe and got it on a plane. She lost her taste and smell for a few days and she was better in about 2 weeks and she slept in the same bed with her husband and he or her kids didn't get it. So to the average population, I believe that it's not too harmful as long as you are healthy and aren't too old.
Covid ChristmasChristmas was a bit different this year because of Covid. This year was the first year of Christmas split because my parents had gotten divorced this year. On Christmas Eve I went to my dad's house and we opened up gifts, but because of Covid it was just my main family and we didn't have much company come over. The next day I went to my mom's after getting a breakfast sandwich from Starbucks and we opened presents at my mom's. The same thing we opened up gifts and that was about it, and the rest of the day was pretty normal and we had tacos for dinner. Christmas was on a Friday and on Saturday and Sunday my cousins came over and we went to the outlet malls and hung out at home and had a good weekend. So it was pretty quiet comparatively to other years but despite the virus we were able to have a good few days and a good Christmas.
Who would of thought I would be doing school on zoom?I heard about the pandemic around March at school and I thought that it would just go away like the flu and people were overreacting about it. Then after a few weeks after I heard it I went to the store and hand sanitizer was running out and so was toilet paper. There was absolutely no toilet paper in the ailes because people got scared and started to hoard supplies thinking that the supply chain would reduce considering the virus and fewer facilities being open. Then they started putting signs on restaurants and grocery stores that wouldn't allow you to enter places without a mask. And after that Governor Newsome (the Californian Governor) put huge crazy restrictions where you can't go to some restaurants and small businesses. After this, we were told we would go home and do online classes for a month which I thought would take much longer because of how everyone described the virus and the news, and how California was shutting down everything because it is primarily a Democratic state. ( not trying to be political but most Democratic states shut down sooner than Republican states.) Which though seemed like a good idea wasn't because it hurt the economy and overall mental help of many people. Drug usage, suicides, and alcohol usage were at what feels like an all-time high and most Republican states stayed open and still had the same if not fewer cases of Covid as the Democratic states who locked down. Australia locked down as of now for about a year so far and their economy is down about 7% and ours has stayed less locked down is only down 2% thanks to president Trump for not shutting down absolutely everything. It is important to me to submit this because many people think our country should shut down and I disagree because Australia for example has lost a tremendous amount of the economy and still has near the same amount of cases, even after the long lockdown.