Issue #10: Staying inside proves to be difficult

Jacob Dugar, Editorial Editor

Everybody who does not live under a rock has most likely heard about COVID-19 by this point, since it has put everybody in lockdown for the past month. Recently, Kansas’s stay at home order has ended, but social gatherings are still restricted to 10 people.

So, how hard is it really to abide by these guidelines? Well, for the extroverts out there, it is certainly easier now to see their friends.

Junior Braden Sloyer said, “At times it is hard to fulfill the task of social distancing. But it’s not bad, considering we can now have groups of 10.”

Unfortunately, it has also affected the routines of many people. Until May 1, the rec center was closed, preventing people from working out, practicing, working, and even just seeing people.

Individuals are still managing to keep up with these activities, though. Braden said that he is able to do the things that he would do normally, but without the involvement from others.

However, this social distancing has not been all negatives. It has given some the opportunity to focus on their work more, thus adjusting to the circumstances.

Freshman Halle Finnerty stated, “It’s hard because I can’t see people, but I have been able to adapt by spending more time with livestock.”

Just because the orders have been lessened, though, that does not mean that the virus is gone; it just means that there is now room for more patients in the hospitals.

The community still need to be responsible and try to prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible, especially towards those that are already ill or immune-compromised.

Senior Devin Wonser shares this sentiment and said, “If you have had a chance of being exposed, you need to follow the guidelines and stay home. However, if you don’t have it, then it is perfectly fine if you need to grab an essential item from the store. It is very important to keep your distance and follow the precautions set in place in your area.”

Haley Haines peers through her curtains at the empty street.