Social distancing still vital for everyone

Staying at home helps decrease exposure to COVID-19


Isra Mohamed

As the stay-at-home order expired on May 18, it is frustrating to hear some people are deciding to stop social distancing.  I find it unfair some are staying at home and following rules while others are hanging out in groups of 10 or more.  

Although I understand it can be boring to stay at home, what is important to realize is that staying at home is the best option in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Many people, including myself, are upset and frustrated that a lot of events and activities have been cancelled, but we have to do everything it takes to limit exposure. Although people are allowed to gather in groups of 10 or less, I encourage everyone to stay home because it is the safest thing to do since it minimizes contact with the outside world.

There are many things people can do following social distancing guidelines, such as having birthday drive-bys and dropping off presents for family and friends. There is also the option of FaceTiming and sending letters. Gov. Tim Walz has also chosen to allow some non-essential businesses to re-open so people also have the option to feel like they are in a normal everyday routine while wearing a mask and keeping a safe six feet distance from other customers.

Social distancing is important because it helps reduce the amount of people getting COVID-19.  According to Wired, hospitals are urging people to stay home in order to reduce the risk of not contracting the virus. Nobody wants to have a loved one or friend die because people are being careless.