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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: COVID-19

By: Jack Nevins

COVID-19 is a deadly virus that has affected the whole world in unprecedented ways over the past year. Many found themselves isolated in their homes with no socialization and an overwhelming feeling of loneliness. Others took the time to reconnect with their own interests or catch up on their most recent Netflix binge. So many suffered with the illness themselves and had to persevere through the loss of loved ones. Overall, the pandemic brought some good, some bad, and some ugly. 

COVID-19 was at its peak in April of 2020 and January of 2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many were forced to stay home and social distance from friends and family. Zoom became an innovative way to learn at home when schools were closed as well as a platform for families to reconnect. In addition, quarantine boredom spurred a growth of home cooking, crafting, and organizing. The pandemic allowed people to get outside more and try to be as interactive as possible with nature during these terrible times. 

While a few good things came from this pandemic, overall this virus made many lives miserable. The virus essentially took away our social lives. Not being able to see extended family and friends made the world feel sad and unstable. COVID-19 changed the whole world and our daily lives. Workspaces and schools closed, causing a drastic, rapid shift to online school and work. Big delivery companies, like Amazon, were backed up with orders and took longer to distribute their goods. When it started to get nicer out, the urge to socialize and see others was felt. We wanted to escape our “mini-cells” and live our lives normally again, but it still wasn’t completely safe.

The virus swept through the world killing millions of people. The number of cases and deaths rose every day at the beginning of the pandemic and continues to rise in parts of the world. As last summer went on, the number of cases and deaths started to decrease because we were outside more. When school started and more public places started to open up, the cases just started to rise again. Throughout the year 2020, we sought to find a cure for this terrible virus. Finally, the vaccine arrived and started to show a change. More recently, our numbers are the lowest they’ve been since the start of the pandemic offering the first real light at the end of the tunnel.

Photo-Illustration courtesy of Hannah Whitaker for TIME