Being Sick: The Deteriorated Health and Missing Schoolwork

Stone Smith, Pawprint Staff Reporter

In this day and age, common illnesses in the U.S., besides COVID-19, aren’t super deadly (unless someone has a weak immune system). While there is the flu and similar illnesses, only about 1.8% of 100,000 people die from the flu each year, which shows that illnesses aren’t that scary. 

People react to being sick differently. Some get a slight cough, runny nose, and/or throat irritation, while others throw up day and night, hoping they get better. Being sick as a student also means a lot of missed school.

Students go to school and get work done there. They take tests, work on tasks and other assignments. So when a student gets sick, what happens? Well, at first, they get to “relax,” have some crackers and Sprite, throw up once or twice, feel better, and go to school the next day, but what if they are sick for an extended period? That is a different story. If students are sick for an extended period, they get the same things as mentioned before, but the next day they stay home still, which adds on work, then the next day they get more work, repeating until they do their work from home, or they get back to school and have a mountain of missing work. Most of the time, students will experience the second option because they are sick. 

That’s why being sick sucks. Students get massive amounts of missing homework, and if they take honors classes (or similar types of classes), they might not be able to fix them in time for midterms or the end of quarters. And on top of all that, the sick student might be feeling miserable, especially if they are sick with COVID-19.