Some people are tired of quarantine after staying for days, weeks, and even months at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, and leave their homes to spend time outdoors. However, because of this, the rate at which people are being infected by the virus isn’t looking too good.
by Avani Pammidimukkala
The novel coronavirus, scientifically known as COVID-19, has infected many and is still spreading to others around the world since its first appearance on December 31, 2019. Since COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, a number of safety regulations have been passed by local, national, and worldwide authorities.
A crucial safety rule is to limit spending time outside and to stay quarantined to avoid the risk of being infected. A person should only leave their house for daily necessities and should always wear a mask if they do. However, lately, people have gotten tired of staying indoors and go outside to pass time and to have fun - some without masks.
Why Some People Still Go Out- Even Without Masks
Not everyone is happy with different governments’ shelter-in-place rules. Spending days, weeks, and even months without physically interacting with friends at public places like the mall and beach, have made some impatient.
Recently, more people have been stepping outside of their homes to hang out with their friends (disregarding the 6-feet-apart rule) at parks and other areas because of their boredom. Some even avoid wearing masks, which is a crucial aid against the virus.
Large numbers of people all around the world, however, have left their homes due to protests supporting the BLM movement. While some do wear masks, the virus can still spread from person-to-person with ease.
As many have been leaving their homes, COVID-19 cases around the world are on the rise and have been exponentially growing by the day. In fact, numerous U.S. states have been seeing the highest number of per day cases.
As more people continue to avoid social distancing rules, the cases and mortality rates will continue to skyrocket.
Why Some People Choose To Stay Inside During COVID-19 Outbreak
Despite some people choosing to leave their house to have fun or join the BLM protests, others still prefer to stay at home and remain safe from the virus. These people care for and are aware of the fact that social distancing can help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases drastically.
As most of us know, an individual can have COVID-19 and not show its symptoms immediately. As a result, an infected person can unknowingly infect numerous more people within a week. Those people will eventually spread the virus, and the cycle goes on. This would result in a longer shelter-in-place and the chances of you visiting your friends, lowered.
However, if this person stayed at home, did not visit his or her friends, and did not go out of their house for “fun”, the change in the number of cases would be immense.
Those who choose to remain in quarantine choose to save lives.
What Should People Really Be Doing?
It is an obvious and rational choice to stay in quarantine during the COVID-19 outbreak. Studies have shown COVID-19 cases have steadily decreased due to people choosing to remain at home. Since the virus spreads rapidly and does not show its symptoms early, people spread it to others at a quick pace. Staying in quarantine, therefore, prevents this.
Of course, there’s the BLM protest to take into account as well. It is completely justified to protest against the injustices made to the black community, however, these protests are hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. As we are undoubtedly in the middle of a pandemic, people should also take this into account and find safer ways to protest that minimize coronavirus spread.
In other words, in order to win over this pandemic, people should remain in quarantine but should only go out to collect necessities with a mask, and should protest in safer ways.