A Rough Road: Living with COVID-19
By: Anis Nurkic
COVID-19 is a global pandemic. COVID-19 has killed over half a million people in the US over the past 12 months, but little has been said for teens that have the virus.
What happens to them? What are the effects? I interviewed a 16 year old Hartford-area student to find out.
“COVID hit hard,” he said. “Personally for me, I had all the known symptoms from fevers, to headaches, to even body chills. I usually woke up really early in the morning and had to start my day off by quarantining myself from the rest of my family,” he said.
I also wanted to know some of the changes he had to make to his day, after he got the virus. “I could not really leave my room at all, and having a younger sibling. I definitely did not want to risk anything further. I could not even eat dinner with my family at the dinner table because I was so sick and exhausted. I could not stop coughing and breathing in and out was the worst,” he said.
What would be the first thing you would want to do once the pandemic is officially over? Vacation? Eating out? Spend time with friends and family? The options are endless. “As soon as the pandemic is over, I would love to first spend time with my family and friends, and go out on road trips with them. I surely do miss it,” said the 16 year old.
With the recent anniversary of COVID-19, we all have been able to remember what life was like pre-COVID. No masks, no mandates, absolutely nothing. You could have parties with hundreds of people and do whatever you wanted with how many people you wanted. The big question, and as proved by our 16-year-old COVID survivor, is it is just not worth the risk.
Trouble breathing? Fever? Cough? Those symptoms of COVID-19 will start to knock you out sooner than you think.
Even with the horrible effects of the Coronavirus, we can definitely reflect on this experience once it is over. Whether you caught the virus yourself or not it still is important to understand how thankful we should be for staying healthy at times like this and at our best.
When COVID-19 is all gone and wrapped up, it is going to be a great chance to start something like a new life. The possibilities of what to do and with whom are endless. From vacation to eating out, to spending time with family and friend,s and even birthday parties; it will all be possible.
Leave a comment down below about what YOU would like to do post COVID-19 and if you could change something about the current situation what would you change.
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