Can’t Have a Virus Without US:  Social Distancing is a Group Effort

Opinion By J1 Reporter Maddie Genoways

Social distancing. I mean, that really sounds like someone else’s problem, right?

No one else is out, so who cares if you grab lunch with your friends? Maybe your friend picks up a nasty cough a few days later, but you don’t, so it’s okay if you find a ride to that party.

Everyone’s taking this virus thing a little too seriously, but you feel just fine. It couldn’t hurt to visit grandma, she must be so lonely. But when your friends at the party start showing symptoms and grandma is in the hospital, it’s everyone’s problem now.

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Graphic Illustration by J1 Designer Maddie Genoways

Social distancing is such an oxymoron. Humans are inherently social creatures. We love being around friends, and we need companionship, but to have those things, we need to accept what is best for the community. In this case, that involves gritting our teeth and staying home.

The world does not revolve around individuals, folks! Everyone reacts to situations differently, and the cold that gave one person an annoying sniffle could also put another on a respirator. Let’s face it, going out during this pandemic is dangerously selfish and incredibly narrow-minded. So why do people do it? 

In most cases, it’s because they’re greatly underestimating the situation. They might think coronavirus is “just the flu” or that “only old folks and kids catch the virus,” when in reality, anyone can contract the virus. The only difference between cases is that a healthy teenager or young adult with the virus is going to react far better than someone who is immuno-compromised or an elderly person. Healthy folks might not even show serious symptoms, but that doesn’t change the tricky fact that they are still carrying a potentially deadly virus. 

It’s like this: in the story above, one person unknowingly picks up the virus and visits some friends. Those friends become carriers of the virus through that contact, even though they might not show symptoms for up to two weeks. They go their separate ways and go to work, visit family, eat out at restaurants and visit school and spread their germs without any real cruel intent, but passersby pick up those remnants and spread them even further, until they reach someone in real danger, and then who’s to blame? Don’t be one of the careless people that decided quarantine just wasn’t their scene and caused a world of hurt with a silly get-together. 

When you start feelings a little stir crazy, do everyone a favor and open your phone and text someone. I know, a crazy concept, but right now, sticking to digital contact could save lives. Breaking quarantine isn’t just a stupid idea, it’s downright dangerous. Don’t let someone else become the victim of your own selfishness. 


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