At the start of 2020, it seemed very hopeful and the start of a better year for all. January seemed to be a fine month until the middle of February. There had been talks of a virus going around the other side of the world. Personally the idea of a virus is terrifying and with all the horror movies I have seen, my fear began to rise. Then there were rumors of schools being shut down which at the time seemed nice. Little did I know then that it would be the very opposite of nice. I am usually someone who would rather stay in rather than go out to something big. At the time, the idea of having to stay inside was also a nice thought until it was time for friends and
family’s birthdays. I never knew how much we take for granted such as our beaches, restaurants, and the time spent with others. My education had also suffered due to the fact I had to work from my bed and not a desk at the library. I had grown more unmotivated as all the distractions of my
home were around me at all times. It was hard for me to sleep as I had nowhere to be so I did not have to get up early. I had also seen the effect of Covid impact on my grandmother who would always be out for church. Now that new regulations were put into place, she could not go to masses where she could help out. This was her primary source of being socially active. I believe that it will take the U. S. a long time to recover unless our officials and citizens make the right choices for what is safe for the nation as a whole. If people continue to think only about their personal well being and needs instead of others and the people as a whole, we will never be
able to recover.
Submitted by Joshua Gonzalez, San Diego County – San Diego.