Social distancing isn’t optional

Utah, like many other states, has gone into a stay at home order starting March 30, 2020. The order asks residents to stay at home during the pandemic in order to avoid the spread of the virus. You can only go out if it’s essential, such as going to work, to the grocery store, hospital, and gas stations.

Avoiding going out as much as possible is the main goal, but it’s understandable if it’s mandatory. It is not, however, mandatory to visit friends. The risk you are taking in the time you are supposed to be quarantined is not worth it.

Practicing social distancing is a new term that most Americans were not previously familiar with. Social distancing is the act of only connecting with friends, relatives, teachers, etc. socially on media platforms so you can prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 is far more dangerous than a flu or a common cold. The number of people dying in the U.S. is rising and so are the people getting infected with it. By being in quarantine for at least 14 days until you show symptoms and getting tested for it can help you from spreading it to more vulnerable family members or just people around you in general. If you do not show symptoms after the 14 days you could be asymptomatic, and to confirm that you are safe, testing is recommended. 

Spring break just happened and many people were out on the beaches celebrating their school break not caring about spreading it around to others. Brady Sluder was featured in an interview expressing his feeling on how the virus is getting in the way of his spring break and was quoted saying, “If I get Corona, I get Corona.”

Brady Sluder later on Instagram expressed his feelings about his comments about spring break and the virus stating, “ I would like to sincerely apologize for the insensitive comment I made in regards to COVID-19 while on spring break. I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments.”

Many students have struggled with the idea of online school during this stay at home order.

Angie Rivas, a student at Hillcrest, said, “Well, I feel like it was really sudden and a lot of people weren’t anticipating the intensity of the situation. Which makes for online schooling to be chaotic and unorganized. I’m nervous i’m not even going to be able to graduate.”

Alex Jensen, a student at SLCC, said, “I go to Salt Lake Community College and it is so hard to focus on my classes because at this point it kind of just feels optional but I know I need to get it done. I’m a visual learner so this makes it harder for me to learn and it’s not that easy. Social distancing is still very important so I am not trying to risk getting others killed just so I can feel better hanging out with my friends. That is not how it works.”

As a generation that some consider “safe” because we’re not as vulnerable as other generations does not give you a reason to put others lives at risk so you can have fun. Social distancing is a very important step into ending this pandemic and without taking that step we’ll be in this ordeal for as long as August. This is preventable and because of that it should be taken more seriously.