On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the city of Berkeley Health Officer gave orders to all residents to stay at home. When I first heard about the virus, I felt worried because I didn’t know what would happen once it started spreading wildly. We started learning about the symptoms and how others who are infected can spread them. When we were still in school I used to hug my friends every time we would see each other, but now I can’t do that. Now I feel like I’m playing in the movie 6 Feet Apart.
It has been one tragic year for all countries around the world due to COVID- 19. I decided to interview my aunt because I wanted to hear what she had to say about her experience during the pandemic. She works as a nurse and during her time off she works at home with her daughter Danielle. According to my aunt, her life has changed because she is not able to attend church and do her daily routine.
“A lot has changed. For example, when you see your best friend, you can’t give them a big hug and you are sometimes scared for yourself or your family. It’s like living under stress,” she says.
The people of Virginia should take a lot of precautions because of the virus and the reason why is because lots of people are coming and leaving the state and the government doesn’t have rules that people who travel from another state or country should stay quarantined for two weeks. The majority of people are staying quarantined, and people are trying their best to stay safe. As a result, there aren’t as many coronavirus cases as the average.
There are differences between Berkeley and Virginia and the way the government handles staying at home policy. Some similarities are both states are vaccinating healthcare workers and residents 75 and older. Where I live, there are three places to get COVID tests, but you need to make an appointment first. On January 14, 2021, Virginia released an update for reopening pre-K-12 so parents can choose to send their children to in-person school twice a week. Because the population of Virginia is less than California’s now Virginia schools will start in-person school sooner.
After conducting this interview, I learned that Virginia Beach has more cases due to the increasing number of tourists. I also learned that California has more cases than Virginia. When I think about what my life was like one year ago, I feel lonely, sad, and hopeful. I miss my friends and my teachers, but I feel hopeful that one day all this will be history.