In defense of quarantine

Going on a run through Kirkwood, I see boys playing lacrosse on the closed KHS football field, girls hammocking in the park, and as soon as I get home, I see people posting on social media together and other runners who filmed a time trial together. These were all posted after the stay at home order was put in place. Needless to say, they were not following the CDC’s recommendation to maintain six feet apart, and certainly not following the stay at home order from Mayor Krewson to social distance and workout alone. My mom works as a hospice nurse and I have seen the effects of this pandemic firsthand. At work, health care workers are having to reuse masks due to the shortage in supply, and my mom had to find her own N95 masks, which are needed to protect healthcare workers from the airborne particles that would carry an infected person’s respiratory droplets. It is shocking to see how many people are failing to see the severity of this situation and are continuing to increase the chances of community spread

 

Hear me out. Social isolation does have effects on people’s mental health, but there are resources for people who are struggling while following the guidelines put into place by professionals. As the coronavirus limits counselors’ ability to schedule in-person sessions, many are switching to online video chats to continue to talk to patients. There are also helplines if you or someone you know is needing to talk to a professional as well as meditation apps such as “Stop, Think, Breathe.” As far as sports are concerned, true athletes are made through resilience. This situation is no different. The Missouri High School Athletic Association asked for athletes to slow down the virus by not gathering with other athletes to continue practicing, a request that those hoping to salvage their spring seasons  should follow. Extroverts may feel social isolation is causing them to deteriorate as they try to cure boredom with endless TikToks and Netflix movies, but sometimes a simple Zoom chat can help to stay connected with friends in isolation. 

 

When it comes down to it, hanging out with friends isn’t worth prolonging a rapidly growing issue. Choosing to distance ourselves could help slow the spread of the virus, which according to Johns Hopkins University, would help “flatten the curve” of the exponential growth infected people and reduce the risks of overwhelmed hospitals. For now, the most important thing is to stop the spread. Friends can meet in person after this all dies down, but the longer people disregard the guidelines of the CDC and St. Louis County, the longer this virus will last and the worse the situation will be for everyone.