The Next Summer

Jack Barkkari

The summer season is approaching while the COVID-19 pandemic is still lingering in the U.S. The future has multiple outlooks.

“I do not think that we will have a more normal summer break because it is coming really close and the numbers of deaths in Michigan are still high,” Ford sophomore Nina Allen said. “Personally, I do not see a big difference from last summer because Michigan is one of the highest states for COVID-19 and they do not have vaccines out yet for people under 16.”

The virus has become more of an understood enemy over the previous months.

“Unlike the summer of 2020, the virus is no longer a mystery,” Stevenson health teacher Susan Rawling said. “Medical professionals have a better understanding of preventing and treating the disease. The vaccines are allowing people to be in closer contact. This should prevent large spikes this summer. However, I continue to be concerned for those who cannot take the vaccine for medical reasons and for children who are too young to take the vaccine. “

Summer plans, like travelling, might be easier now.

“My mindset is a little different this summer,” Ford sophomore Selena Younis said. “I think as long as we are being safe, we should be able to travel places.”

There is some great optimism with the trajectory of the virus.

“I think the virus might go away, and it might be much easier to go out without worrying,” Utica sophomore Dunya Eilia said. “I am optimistic we will have a more normal summer break since COVID-19 cases are going down a lot.”

Sometimes, while it may not be fully there, the steps to a more normal life may get closer.

“I do not think that we will get back to “normal” any time soon,” Stevenson Junior Natalie Ishioka, Vanguard managing editor, said. “But, I do believe this summer will be much closer to normal than last summer was. COVID-19 will be a fact of life for a while, but it is still possible to have a safe, fun and almost normal summer.”