December 6, 2022


COVID Vaccine Approved for younger children

In the article, “COVID Vaccine Approved for younger children”, I learned that children under twelve have been too young to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. But all of that changed on October 26, 2021, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended vaccine distribution for children from ages five to eleven. The vaccine has been found to be 91 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 in kids. It is estimated that vaccinating children will prevent up to 600,000 new COVID cases by March 2022.

I think that this is a serious matter that does not need to be taken lightly. Having children vaccinated is going to be beneficial to everyone during covid. Since children are also at high risk for covid, vaccinating most children can cause numbers to go down in cases. I think that this is a good idea that needs to be taken into consideration.

What do you think about children getting vaccinated?

Finding the Good/Adjusting

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on every person – nationwide. However, this toll is different for everyone. In some ways it could be negative, or in some cases it could even be positive. Adapting to new changes is challenging, as sometimes they are not expected, and some of them can be life changing. It is important to recognize these changes and how they are affecting people so that society can grow and learn together to become better. In these conditions, adapting to new changes is different for everyone provided there are positives and negatives that influence the effect on people.

It is always easy to say that the negatives outweigh the positives. With statistics like the COVID-19 pandemic that killed more than 180,000 Americans as of March of this year, it is hard to say that anything has gone well since that one weekday in March where we all got “2 weeks” off of school (Pew Research Center). With new changes comes adjusting. For a lot of people, the adjustment was drastic. Routines were destroyed, human contact completely diminished, and social lives became non-existent. In an article from the Purdue University Counseling & Psychological Services, Theresa Nutten describes helpful ways, and comforting remarks about adjusting to the pandemic.

This article was written early in the pandemic, but adjusting is still taking place, even as things are slowly going back to normal. Nutten explains the timing of the situation as, “This situation is both uncertain and temporary… consider this a time to reflect on who you want to be during this time, focus on what is within your control” identifying that adjusting is an individual concept, people cannot rely on others’ ways to determine who they will be during this time. It is important for people to identify changes in their life, and how they can still live up to their full potential. With that, living up to their full potential while adjusting does not come fast/ easy, Nutten states, “Adjustment is a process that looks differently for most people, this process is not linear or well-defined” confirming, adjusting is intimate and personal, specific to each person. It takes time, thought, and perseverance through hard times.

Finding the good in situations is a very beneficial component in adjusting to new changes. The Pew Research Center conducted personal interviews with Americans about the silver linings of the pandemic. Unity was a large theme in the interviews as portrayed in this quote, “People in my community seem to be really interested in helping each other out. Sharing food, going shopping for older people, organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, and the homeless. It seems to be bringing all different kinds of people together to help each other out” concluding that reaching out to others can help, even though adjusting in an individual act (Pew Research Center). Hearing other’s perspectives gives people insight on the value of their problems, which are sometimes not as bad as the people that they interact with. This can help people with being thankful for what they have and changing their mindset.

Going along with unity, and being thankful is another interview quote that emphasizes the importance of loved ones, “Teleworking has been a welcome change. I enjoy the extra two hours a day I would have spent commuting. I also enjoy spending more time with my wife. I know I’m fortunate, and I’m grateful” reiterating the realization of being fortunate and thankful for all that a person has (Pew Research Center). Adjusting is a hard concept, but with a positive mindset and finding the good in situations, the stress can be lifted.

Works Cited

“In Their Own Words, Americans Describe the Struggles and Silver Linings of the COVID-19
Pandemic” Pew Research Center, 5 March 2021. Accessed 15 October, 2021.

Nutten, Theresa. “Adjusting to the New Normal.” Purdue University Counseling &
Psychological Services,”
. Accessed 28 October 2021.

Why You Should Stay Home!

Most of the youth voices topics are about the Coronavirus. and I’m sure this topic has been talked about already, but it’s something I feel very passionate about. The coronavirus is pretty much taking over everyone’s lives whether you’re allowed to work or not everyone’s at home doing remote learning and there’s a question of whether we will have a normal end of our senior year. Utah was set up for success because we started our social distancing really early. However America as a whole is failing at this social distancing so it’s not making as big of an impact as it should be. 

Researchers say that if 90% of people actually stay home, the quarantine will be over in 4 weeks estimated. If 80% of people stay home the quarantine will be over in 10 weeks. If 60% of people stay home the quarantine isn’t expected to end until 2021. Right now only 50% of people are staying home. So think about that The coronavirus is especially dangerous because a lot of people are asymptomatic. Asymptomatic means that you don’t actually have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 however you are a carrier of the virus and you are constantly spreading the germs of the Coronavirus. You could be asymptomatic but if you go out and hang out with your friends or see your grandma they could get it and if they have a compromised immune system or where a smoker or are over the age of 60 they could possibly die from the virus. 

“Mayor Jenny Wilson called on Utah leaders Thursday to enact a statewide stay-at-home order she says could help ease the impact of the virus on health care systems in larger metropolitan areas,” says SLC Tribune. The first time you are caught it is a warning and second time, you can get a fine of $1000, and get jail time. So let me just ask you, is it worth it?