Student Voice: Coronavirus
Students share their thoughts and tips on coping with coronavirus.
Coping With Coronavirus
Barred in a suppressing house.
With my family left and right,
Possibly I will go mad
But I’m putting up a fight.
Always some sort of noise
A bang or crash or squeal
After quarantine is over,
My ears will need time to heal.
Sometimes it feels like a prison
Bars at the windows and all.
Masks are gags and glasses are blindfolds.
But we will keep standing tall.
One day I’ll tell my kids the tales
Because we are living history.
And no matter what comes our way
Tomorrow will be a mystery.
But we will keep looking at the bright side.
For together we are tethered.
Keep a smile on your faces.
And remember, apart together.
-- Shreya, Forestville Elementary School, 6th grade
Facts and Passion Will Get Us Through
Facts are powerful at dispelling the clouds of uncertainty, so seeking out information on all aspects of the pandemic directly from scientists has been my antidote.
I gathered my facts at “The Race for a Vaccine” virtual event, where I asked Jerome Kim, Director of International Vaccine Institute, and Jeffrey Kahn, Director of Johns Hopkins Institute of Bioethics and creator of the infamous COVID-19 map, burning questions on vaccine and antibody development. I explored challenges of allocating scarce medical supplies at the “Ethics and Triage” panel with Johns Hopkins surgeons, and learned about “Mapping the Spread” from the founder of Esri, which provides location intelligence on coronavirus.
Determined to fact-check with the most trusted experts, I teleported into the houses of the renowned Drs. Anthony Fauci, Sanjay Gupta, and George Gao (Director of China’s CDC) through the National Academy of Sciences. I wanted to unveil whether neurological damage in COVID-19 patients is caused by low oxygen from lung failure or a direct assault on the brain by coronavirus. While scientists still have to fully understand coronavirus to answer with certainty, the enigma inspired me to integrate my two passions--neuroscience and epidemiology--in my future career path. -- Benji, Longfellow Middle School, 8th grade
The coronavirus is affecting me, my family, and my friends in many ways. It is affecting our education, forcing us to get limited time with our teachers. It is preventing us from playing with our friends or having as much fun. The worst part about it is that it’s hurting our friends and family by making people sick. Many people are risking their lives to save people like doctors, nurses, surgeons, and lots more. For example, my mom is a doctor at a hospital and is treating some patients who have COVID-19. We should be thankful we have those people to help us overcome coronavirus.
Despite these challenges, we still have family fun. My family and I cook a lot together, like cornbread and pound cake, and get fresh air walking outside. It’s still fun seeing my friends and teachers online, and there’s hardly any work! Now that I’m mostly at home, I have a lot more time for things I like to do like reading, playing basketball, and biking. In conclusion, the coronavirus has affected me and the people I know both positively and negatively, but doctors like my mom are helping people defeat it!
-- Kareena, 3rd grade, Flint Hill Elementary School
Toward the end of March, I felt an inability to do anything productive because I felt constant anxiety from wondering how the world would cope with this pandemic. However, since about mid-April, I’ve also been living my dream life when I finally started to get myself organized. Every night, I go to bed at 10:30 p.m. and wake up at 6:45 a.m. with my mom. We take our time eating a healthy breakfast that I normally wouldn’t be able to eat on a school morning because of how slow of an eater I am. I also spend significantly less time on my phone than I normally would, and I fill up my time with reading, simply enjoying the company of my parents, basking in the sunshine while listening to music on my porch, doing some academic work and taking online courses on Coursera (currently I’m completing the Science of Well-Being course, which has been acknowledged as one of the most popular courses at Yale University. I highly recommend it, especially due to our present situation). While it can seem like nothing is right in this world at the moment, I encourage you to find what makes you happy and to seize your free time to do it. In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.
--Excerpt from Sarah Raza, The Purple Tide's Coronavirus Diaries, a series of diary-type entries written by Chantilly High School students and staff documenting their day-to-day activities and experiences in quarantine. To read Sara's full editorial, and more Chantilly High School editorials, visit The Purple Tide.
This photo was inspired by the fact that these days I spend most of my time in my room bouncing around various activities, such as school, leisure, and just waiting for the days to pass.
During the early stages of coronavirus, Kenneth's mother decided to fabricate some masks from old handkerchiefs. Kenneth's photograph captures this unique time.
CJ and Carly
I never thought I would regret hugging someone. A month after school ended, I ran into some friends. I hadn’t seen them since school, and I was so happy that I hugged them. Immediately after, I regretted it, wishing I could rewind that moment and walk away. Although it’s just a hug, it’s still enough to catch the coronavirus. They appeared well, but who knows?
My family and I have been social distancing for a few weeks, and there are both positives and negatives. I have more family time before I leave for college. I also do leisurely things such as journaling that I couldn’t do during school.
The main negative for me is that school’s out. You take these moments for granted until they’re not. My last day of high school, I left in tears, sad about something pointless now. I wish I didn’t leave in tears. I wish I could return to say goodbye and thank you to Hayfield and my teachers.
Now, I shudder at large crowds and handshakes. People are dying and communities are isolated. I am scared, but realize that we have to adjust and choose hope in these changed circumstances to make it through.
-- Zandy, Hayfield Secondary School