COVID-19 Changes Lives


By Christhian Mendoza, Staff Writer

 Coronavirus has taken a negative toll on us. Some of us can’t go to work while schools and social gathering places have been shut down until further notice. 

   Junior Bryan Alvarez said, “My mom tested positive for the Covid-19.”  Senior Jaime Flores said, “I haven’t been able to work because I work at a restaurant and it’s closed for now due to the virus.”  

   Junior Michael Martinez added, “Quarantine has been boring.” He said he feels “stuck” at home with nothing to do. 

  For others, quarantine has brought some welcome changes. Freshman Keylin Maldonado claims, “I’ve been waking up late, going to bed late. It feels like we are on summer vacation already.” 

  Many of us are experiencing  anxiety about different issues during such uncertain times. Sophomore Carla Rosales said her biggest fear is her grandma getting the virus. “My grandma has diabetes, and she has  problems with her breathing regularly,” said Carla.

   Senior Jennifer Castro’s biggest fear during this pandemic is wasting her saved money because she’s not working at the moment. “I need to be saving up for my college classes,” she said.

  Being updated on this pandemic is a must. You must be well informed about the virus in order to know how to protect yourself, if it’s slowing down, or getting worse. Students at Miami High like senior Marcia Moody stay updated on the virus by “watching ABC news and reading on the CNN and Miami Herald websites about it whenever I have time.” 

   Sophomore Juan Ochoa added that he’s always  updated on the virus because “when we eat dinner at the table my parents turn on the TV, and that’s all they talk about in the news.” 

   Miami Dade Public Schools closed all schools for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year to ensure that their students and staff don’t catch or spread the virus to others at school. Ever since, students have been in touch with their teachers through Microsoft Team, Google Classroom, Zoom and many other apps.

    Senior Nathan Cruz said that online school “is not as challenging as I thought it would be. I’ve been able to turn in my work without problems, plus my GPA went up.” Senior Victor Garcia adds, “ School has been easy. All my teachers give us enough time to finish our work.” 

    Protecting yourself from this virus is essential so we could beat the virus and get back to our everyday life. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone should always wear masks and to always keep a social distance of 6 feet.

   Many students are in compliance. Junior Karyme Osorno wears a face mask in order to lower her probability of getting the virus.

    Freshman Alexandra Martinez wears gloves and a face mask every time she goes out in public. She added, “I take my precautions because my mom’s friend died from the virus and he was healthy, so now I’m scared to get it.”

    We all want our lives to go back to normal, and we miss our everyday routines. Junior Armando Ramirez said, “The things that I miss the most about my life before the virus are going out with friends to eat, the movies. etc.” Senior Carlos Pena misses “having fun with friends and being on the streets.”

According to the World Health Organization here are 5 tips to reduce your chances of getting the Coronavirus:

  1. Wearing a face mask.

  2. Avoiding crowded places.

  3. Wash your hands more often.

  4. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose.

  5. Maintain a 6 feet distance with others.