Keeping safe amidst new reality

Gabby Bingaman

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Terry Holmgren, community resident, sews mask for nursing homes. Each mask takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

January 21 brought a whole new reality to the country. Within seven weeks it has brought life to a halt. Schools are closed. Stay-at-home acts are in place. Shelves are often empty\; the world is at a standstill.

The numbers keep rising. Numbers that were once only rising by singular digits are now rising by the thousands every single day.

“What scares me the most about the rising numbers of COVID-19 is the unknown, a lot of the situation is unknown. People are still going out and not taking this seriously,” Breanna Evans, Meridian High School junior said.

On the site, Avi Schiffman uses local government/health departments, BNO News, CDC, WHO, and the total number of confirmed cases comes to 349,992 as of April 6. This number isn’t stationary, it changes by the minute, and the only way to save yourself from getting it is to stay home. Staying home not only helps keep you from becoming infected but also those with immunocompromised systems. This can put extra worries on parents.

“What scares me the most is that this virus is a respiratory virus. So those with lung conditions such as asthma are extremely susceptible to the virus,” Donna Spears, mother of an immunocompromised Meridian child said.

According to the CDC, people with asthma may be at a higher risk of getting “very sick” due to it affecting all respiratory systems which then could trigger an asthma attack.COVID-19 could also lead to a case of pneumonia and acute respiratory disease, which could be more detrimental to people with asthma. This is also causing these people to take even more precautions.

“I don’t leave our house. I go outside and things like that, but I don’t go to any stores. I don’t go inside anywhere besides my house…,” Erin Ireland, immunocompromised Meridian parent said. “The second thing is that any packages or anything we get we wash down, we spray our groceries with Lysol. We wipe everything down with bleach when we get it in the house… we’ve just decided that visitors and things like that are not allowed.”

As the disease continues to spread, there is no vaccine at this time. Nobody can stop the spread of the disease. It will continue to spread as long as people are still continuing to go against the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization).

Stay home and stay healthy, keep everyone safe, if you need to go out for essential things, take the proper precautions (gloves, mask, change as soon as you get home, sanitize and wash your hands), practice social distancing.