Efforts to contain COVID-19 outbreak should be sternly abided

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In an attempt to slow the spreading of the coronavirus outbreak, many states have implemented stay-at-home orders along with social distancing procedures. These protocols, however, have been met with pure ignorance and arrogance as many continue to act against them. People need to set aside their selfish and irresponsible ways and abide by these guidelines to prevent endangering others.

The virus does not discriminate and can affect everyone, but it is more dangerous for those who are immunocompromised or are 50 and older. This fact has perpetuated the myth that all young people are immune and do not need to worry. While this is completely false, people continue to hang out at beaches for spring break and attend social gatherings under the pretense that they are not at risk. Not only is this reckless behavior, but it is also inconsiderate because they can spread the virus to those who are more vulnerable. 

The stay-at-home and social distancing mandates encourage people to remain home and away from large social gatherings. They do not mean that people should hang out with their close friends at home. Sure, they are not going out in public, but it is important to remember that each of these friends have their own networks of interactions. If they have interacted with a cousin, neighbor, coworker, roommate, or even a stranger who may have been exposed to  the virus, it can very well spread to someone else, further passing the virus along. 

Additionally, people can be asymptomatic and unknowingly spread the virus, thinking they are not infected. It is irresponsible to continue to interact in person with friends during this time.  The best way to minimize one’s chances of catching and spreading the virus is by following guidelines that are set to protect public health.

Of course, going to work and to the grocery store are completely acceptable.  Essential activities should still proceed, but it is careless and negligent to go out whenever one desires. Only by minimizing the contact with people and with everyone doing their part can this outbreak be contained. It is unfair for people to social distance themselves while others continue to act irresponsibly and increase the number of infected cases. For the benefit of all, everyone must treat the current situation seriously, before it gets worse.

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