Pushing Pause: The Importance of Self-Isolation Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Social isolation not only helps people from contracting the virus, but also from spreading it.

Isabella Kendrena, Staff Reporter

Like the flip of a switch, all daily functions came to a halt. Schools closed, work closed, restaurants closed, and even Disneyland closed. Unfortunately, we are only at the beginning of the wild rollercoaster ride that is the Coronavirus. There have been many ups and downs this past week, as people around the world have been reacting to the virus in a variety of ways. Some are buying out every shelf at the store, while others have continued to live their lives normally as if the virus does not exist. The uncertainty of the virus and our future can be scary, but now is one of the best times to focus on what we can do to help. We must not underestimate the severity of the situation. While social isolation is not how most people envisioned spending their spring break, staying isolated is such a small price to pay to keep society healthy.

Like the flip of a switch, all daily functions came to a halt.”

Social isolation not only helps people from contracting the virus, but also from spreading it. When we isolate ourselves from mass crowds and populated areas, the risk of spreading the virus decreases. There are many ways to make the challenges of social isolation easier, especially with modern technology. From personal experience, I have not left my house in six days, but I have found ways to stay productive and entertained while isolated. Through Facetime and social media, I have still been able to keep up with friends and family. I have also taken advantage of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu to stay entertained. There are numerous ways to pass the time in isolation, and while it is not ideal, spending some time inside will help us reach our goal of defeating the virus. Ultimately, we must work together to ensure that the virus goes away. It is important to spread the word on the importance of social isolation and to listen to our government’s CVOID-19 guidelines. Together we can create a better future, and put our lives back on track.