The Decisions of the Pandemic

Mina Hirmiz


A deadly virus hit the world last winter. It took many lives and impacted daily life. Life changed, and the changes have been almost daily as a second wave currently surges.

Stores and restaurants are closed or have limited occupancy. Masks are requested to be worn.

“If certain stores were closed longer, maybe the cases would not increase so rapidly,” Utica sophomore Saray Chavez said. “The pandemic interfered with important events, but in this case, it has helped prevent the virus from increasing.”

The pandemic has been ongoing in the U.S. since January, and no one knows when it will be over.

“I think the virus will expand,” Utica sophomore Savannah Ruiz said. “You can’t really stop people from things or make them follow the rules. I think only certain things should be open, such as jobs, so that the economy can grow. I think it will eventually become a common flu and people are going immune to it.”

There were some transitions due to the pandemic that impacted everyone’s lives, such as school.

“What I would change about our school is maybe once or twice a week go to face-to-face instruction and the remainder of the week study online,” Utica sophomore Raniah Wardi said. “It is very difficult trying to understand what is going on when things change [constantly].”

Vaccines appear imminent.

“I think eventually through vaccinations and some herd immunity, this strain of coronavirus will be lessened and become like the regular flu we have today,” Ford history teacher Andrew Landers said. “I do not think it will completely disappear from our lives.”