What are students doing During COVID-19?

As Covid-19 has people going wild, running out to stockpile toilet  paper, hand  sanitizer, soap, disposable masks and more. But most Riverside students stayed away from the stores. 

Freshmen Elijah Smith avoided crowds and shopping throughout the summer. 

“I stayed home away from the virus,” said Smith.

Staying home during a pandemic is a great idea. It’s a good way to help us get through this pandemic very quickly. 

Others treated it like nothing was going on.

“I stayed home to help my parents redecorate the house,” said sophomore Maria Hernandez. “Then move some stuff around and because most stores where clothes they order new things for the house like tvs, tables, and chairs.” 

Although most students did stay home, many stayed active, too. Like helping around the house running errands with their parents.  

For those who are going out again, the masks have been frustrating. Many feel the masks are uncomfortable and wearing them all the time is a bit much. Some students think it’s hard to breathe while wearing them. Others 

 worry people could use them  to rob stores since it makes it harder to  identify them. So there are some pros and cons about the whole wearing a face mask, but it seems this is probably the only other way for us to beagle to go out without endangering others to the virus. 

Others said they don’t mind wearing them but they didn’t understand some of the places where you have to wear a mask like in restaurants because they would not let you in without a mask but when you eat you have to take the mask off anyway. 

North Carolina is currently in phase 2.5 of its pandemic plan. Other places like Los Angeles have gone through three, even four phases. 

Many Americans have criticized President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus. Trump himself, in a phone interview with Washington Post editor Bob Woodward, said “I don’t want people to panic. And we are going to be OK. We’re going to be OK, and it is going away. And it’s probably going to go away now a lot faster because of the vaccines.”
Editor’s note: to read more about how Riverside students are adapting to life during the pandemic, read the #LifeWithout series at thepirateshook.com.

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