5.87 million. This is how many Covid-19 cases there are currently in the United States. Doctors, nurses, and first responders all risking their lives to save everyone they possibly can while in the eyes of the people who haven’t been affected, the pandemic is socially irrelevant. Where did we go wrong? Is it worth risking your health just to have life feel normal again? Is your nonchalant hygienic practices that much easier to uphold than wearing a mask. COVID-19 is a matter that should be taken very seriously.The high statistics are far from over and I, personally, can assure you that COVID-19 is not a joke.
In March of 2020, during the times when COVID was still new to everyone, my family and I were having our annual ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado when out of nowhere, the ski resorts were all beginning to shut down. This forced our trip to get cut by an entire week. At this time, my siblings and I were just excited to have an even longer break, since schools were being shut down. It was not until we got home to Texas when we truly noticed the severity of this pandemic. My entire family and I started experiencing symptoms of COVID. It started off with my mom who was sick for only about 3 days. Very quickly, the rest of my family became symptomatic. Within the same week, my 2 sisters and my brother were sick for about 3 days and then my dad and I began to feel sick towards the end of the week. “It can’t be that bad,” I thought. I expected it to pass after 3 days at most, but that’s where I was wrong.
My family was most worried about me and my dad because we are both considered immunocompromised. My dad suffered from a severe heart attack a few years prior and I was born with asthma. “It can’t be that bad,” I still thought. I was sick for only about a week and a half and then eventually I lost my sense of smell for about 5 months; just recently my sense of smell started to get better. My dad, on the other hand, continued to get worse. My family was trying to take care of my dad from home because we knew that hospitals were not very safe. We were able to take care of him for about 3 weeks, but he still continued to get worse. By this time we knew that the state of his health was critical. We didn’t want to say it, but we dwelled on the potential outcome, casting a shadow of fear on our family. My family was pushing him to go to the hospital because we had tried all we could at home, but my dad kept insisting that he would get better with time passing. We knew that my dad needed intense hospital treatment because he was not getting any better. My dad was hospitalized for about a week and the hospital did all they could.
Eventually, my dad would come home and complete his recovery with my family’s capabilities and reached full health after a few months. Coming into my dad’s time at the hospital, he was supposed to deliver his weekly coach’s update since he is the coach of the Nolan Catholic High School tennis team. He sent his video from the hospital where it was such a shock to our entire school that my dad had corona and his video was posted on the Nolan twitter and received about 9.5k views. It became even more known to us that we had such a supportive and caring community. We were receiving gift baskets and flowers and it was just so great to see such support from the community and we were beyond thankful. It took a few months for my family to finally start getting back to normality as it was before corona. My family and I are still traumatized by our challenge against COVID-19.
The purpose of me telling my family’s account with the virus is not to be all preachy and demand that no one should go anywhere because you could get corona. My purpose is to bring awareness to people that COVID is serious and you need to keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following the rules for safety precautions. 1. Wear a mask 2. Social distance and 3. Maintain healthy habits. If we follow these rules, hopefully this whole pandemic will be over sooner.