By: Shaherzad Chawdree
(Picture from The New York TImes https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/30/opinion/wuhan-coronavirus-epidemic.html)
Sneezes, coughs, and sniffles can be heard in every classroom at Shorecrest. Mrs. Morlando is running out of cough drops to give to students. Trash cans are filled up with tissues. Globally, January has been a month full of coughs, colds, and Corona.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is responsible for the recent outbreaks in respiratory illnesses in China and across the world. The first coronavirus case came from Wuhan, China and is thought to have spread from bats. As I learned from Mr. Hyink’s biology class, viruses are often transmitted from animals to humans, causing devastating outbreaks of diseases like Ebola. While the Coronavirus is not as deadly as Ebola, it is still affecting people’s lives in China and other parts of the world.
About 500 people have died from the coronavirus in China, and there have been a total of 12 cases in the United States. As the virus is creeping into the US, American airports have partaken in separate screening processes to catch people who have already been infected. But will this be enough? What is especially frightening about the coronavirus is that its symptoms are similar to that of the common cold. This means that it is harder to detect and can be confused with other viral or bacterial infections.
I have had a cough for a couple of days now, and I can assure you that someone has made a comment about me having corona after every two minutes. This widespread fear of the virus has even reached parents. One Shorecrest parent stated how they are “praying that the virus doesn’t come near Florida” and that a “vaccine is developed soon.” It is highly unlikely that a vaccine will be developed in the near future, so it is important that we stay prepared in case a time of crisis hits.
In order to prevent other infections like the coronavirus from spreading, I propose that the school requires students to stay home if they are experiencing a cough, a runny nose, or body aches. Having these symptoms not only curbs your learning experience, but also makes it more likely that you have an infection. And as a society, we should bring masks in fashion. They are both fashionable and prevent illnesses from spreading.
I have had enough with students who carelessly spread their germs by not covering their coughs or throwing away their used up tissues. It is inconsiderate and can potentially harm the whole student body. Especially in this time of sickness, please stay at home if you are not feeling well. No class is worth getting any of your peers sick.