Is Covid Still Here?

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Alyssa Hildebrand

The virus, named Coronavirus, has been raging around the world for many years now. Ever since it started in late 2019, doctors around the world have been looking for a cure. Right now in 2022, life is more like before the pandemic than ever before. Most people don’t social distance anymore or wear masks, whether inside or outside. Many believe that it has disappeared, but it is still harming many people even if the end to it is in sight. 

Covid was first found in the Hubei Province but can be in other places depending on the source. One thing that has been confirmed is that the first cases were discovered in China. No one knows how it began, but a Chinese live animal market based in Wuhan, China is said to be responsible for some of the cases. The disease spread quickly around the world until every corner was covered. The countries with the most cases so far are the United States of America, India, and France, with over 100 thousand cases in total.

The Covid vaccine was developed incredibly quickly, only taking 6 months instead of the estimated 2 years the usual vaccine takes. Scientists started to work on this vaccine in 2020, and to save time, they started mass-producing it before the studies were complete. This has made it possible for people around the world to get the vaccine faster, but it also makes the vaccine a bit unreliable and not as strong. This is the main reason it is recommended to take multiple doses of the vaccine. At the moment those 12 or above can receive their second booster shot, which is also the 4th dose of the COVID – 19 vaccine. 

As of August 30th, 2022, around 5 billion people around the world are fully vaccinated. This means that around 2.7 billion people in the world either have only one dose or are not vaccinated. In the USA, more than half of the people who live there are vaccinated. This shows that most people trust the Covid vaccine, even though it came out prematurely at a year and a half, which is earlier than usual. 

Many people have different opinions on the pandemic. Our district nurse, Alyssa Thompson, said, “My opinion about COVID is that it is very unfortunate that we all had to experience living through a pandemic, but also experience loss related to the virus. I think it is sad for students because they have had limited experiences prior to quarantine.” This pandemic was unexpected, but we are getting through it, one step at a time.

The Coronavirus may not be that big at the moment but it is recommended to take the necessary precautions!