All Voices Matter: stay inside and flatten the curve


Prachurjya Shreya

In her weekly column, All Voices Matter, staff reporter Aviance Pritchett gives her take on social and cultural issues.

Aviance Pritchett, Staff Reporter

This would be my third column to talk about the coronavirus, but hopefully, it’ll be my last because I’m sick of even looking at the word. I’m sure many other people feel the same, and also can’t wait for quarantine to be lifted so that we can go outside and return to our normal lives. 

My life norm is staying inside anyway, but I’m frankly quite sick of online school and would rather return to a functioning schedule that was given to me than having to make my own. However, that’s not gonna happen any time soon given that Gov. Greg Abbott has extended social distancing to April 30 and school closings to May 4. Given that, at least as of April 1, there are a total of 163,539 coronavirus cases in the U.S., it makes sense that we’d be encouraged to stay home. 

Staying home. People like having days off from school, right? Like winter break, it’s a perfect two weeks of relaxing in the safety and comfort of your own home. But eventually, the boredom kicks right back up, and school happens to start right on time so that you can focus on something else until the next day off that we get. That’s essentially what we’re going through now, except online school is somehow more boring than actual school, so now we avoid it in favor of fiddling with our thumbs and trying to find something else to do that doesn’t require having to break our self-isolation. 

Some people aren’t capable of that and go outside anyway with an “if I die, I die” attitude, and while that was funny within the first week of the pandemic, it really isn’t funny anymore. It’s actually incredibly selfish, because while you may supposedly be okay with exposing yourself to a virus that could possibly kill you, other people aren’t. Other people have lives to live too. What if you catch it without experiencing any symptoms, and pass it on to someone else who is more vulnerable? What do you gain from potentially putting other people’s lives at risk? 

If you wanna die from a terrible virus for the sake of fun, then fine, you do you, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is willing to go down with you. Stay inside and flatten the curve.