By Valentina Yanez
Some have lost the most important people in their lives. Others have lost their homes and jobs. COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it, and we are still not taking it as seriously as we should.
Many wonder what life will be like post-pandemic. There is no answer to that question yet, and maybe not for a while.
Now our everyday decisions can directly put someone’s life at risk. With 200,000 deaths and counting in the United States alone, there seems to be no end. But what do 200,000 people look like? Big numbers make it hard to picture the effect COVID-19 has had on the country and its people.
Imagine this: 200,000 people amount to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum being completely filled twice and then half again. If these many people have died, why is it hard for some to believe that the virus is real?
There have been hundreds of videos and photos shared all over the country that show people in large gatherings who are not following the safety guidelines. For example, in Los Angeles, a band organized a packed, indoor show where people did not wear masks.
Attending large gatherings and going back to school campuses are some of the things that can be blamed for the continuous spike in cases. If people do not follow medical professionals’ recommendations, we might not see a post-pandemic life until well into 2021 or after.
Health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, say that wearing masks can help prevent the spread of the virus. Studies have shown that if everyone were to wear a mask and follow other safety guidelines, the number of cases would continuously decline.
If everyone followed instructions and our government was more responsible, we would have been done and over with COVID-19. We would currently be much closer, if not already, in post-pandemic life, like China or New Zealand.
But what will that look like in the U.S.? Can our lives go back to the way they used to be?