Our New “Reality”

Story by Taylor Williams

  Waking up by 12 p.m. 

  Breakfast? No thanks, I don’t have an appetite.

  School work until 4. 

  Netflix.

  Social media.

  Bed at 2 a.m.

  Repeat.

  This is our new normal.

  The coronavirus hit us unexpectedly in January of this year, and news stations, especially Fox News, downplayed the severity of the situation. 

  Pete Hegseth on March 8, 2020: “This is one of those cases where the more I learn about the coronavirus, the less concerned I am. There’s a lot of hyperbole.”

  Tomi Lahren on March 10, 2020: “The sky is falling because we have a few dozen cases of the coronavirus on a cruise ship? I am far more concerned with stepping on a used heroin needle than I am getting the coronavirus, but maybe that’s just me.”

  Jeanine Pirro on March 7, 2020: “It’s a virus! Like the flu. All the talk about the coronavirus being so much more deadly doesn’t reflect reality.”

  Now our “reality” is that the United States has the most cases in the entire world, right now at 791,672, and deaths at 43,481. It’s because of the downplay of this virus that our new “reality” is virtual school because the virus is so deadly that half our school could die and would die from this virus.

  People like me have more of a risk of death from the coronavirus because of underlying health issues. My mom and I both have asthma, so going out anywhere is always a struggle.

  The grocery store has been the only place that I’ve been able to escape the stagnant air of my house during this past month.

  I never wear shorts or short sleeved shirts, and I always have a mask over my nose and mouth. Under the mask is a scarf because, unfortunately, the thin masks we have can’t fully protect us from this virus. It’s always difficult to breathe under all this, but I’d rather have difficulty breathing from something I can remove than from a virus that could possibly kill me.
  MSNBC is always playing on the living room TV, so I put it on mute and listen to music so I can escape reality. The constant talk of the virus and the deaths rising daily scares me, especially because my aunt is a nurse in New York right now and everyday I fear for her life. 

  She risks her life everyday to save other people’s lives. These nurses are the perfect example of the phrase “not all heroes wear capes.” My aunt is a hero.

  School work for me is easier to do now because now I can do it at my own pace. Sometimes I spend four hours, and sometimes I spend two. It always depends on the way I feel that day. 

  The rest of the day is spent doing whatever fills the void of boredom that won’t seem to go away. 

  Sometimes I fill it by working out, or sometimes it is filled by spending six hours on Netflix. There is absolutely no in between.

  So yes, this is our new reality. It stinks, but this is what happens when the people in charge don’t take the right precautions to prevent situations like this.

   I wonder if Jeanine Pirro has changed her mind on what “reflects reality” now.

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