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The Divisive Issues Surrounding the Coronavirus in America

Ryan Beltran

Posted on November 25, 2020 04:37

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America's response to the coronavirus has varied from state to state. Some have enforced strict social-distancing guidelines, while others have been more lax, even during the peak of the virus. The coronavirus has also sparked many controversies among many citizens who have their own different opinions about the virus and it has brought a struggle in finding a compromise for these issues that Americans are worried about.

The coronavirus continues to affect the daily lives of pretty much everyone across the world and most likely will continue its effects in the next following months.

All in all, it’s crazy how time has passed by and how society has tried to make things work during this pandemic. It’s obviously been a challenge for many people from the fear of getting the virus, the economic difficulties caused by closings of certain smaller non-essential businesses, and the temporary abruption to daily life that the world has rarely experienced in recent memory.

The pandemic has also brought divisive rhetoric from many people of various viewpoints and political beliefs that has been ongoing up until now. From people who disagree with the social-distancing and lockdowns, to people who believe in stricter lockdown measures in states that even have low Covid-19 numbers. The extreme politicization of the current pandemic doesn’t just bring division, but also stops any sort of compromise in helping people be safe from the virus and trying to help people who are struggling to stay afloat financially due to the unfortunate circumstances.

You can disagree with many things from each side and the main priority is to keep everyone, especially the high-risk people, as safe as possible. However, people don't have to disregard any concerns from people who feel is important to them.

I am totally on the side of taking the coronavirus seriously and even if the statistics show the virus luckily isn’t as deadly to everyone, it is still affecting many and we all must respect that.

While I agree some people who speak out against social-distancing guidelines vocalize for their own selfish reasons, from not wearing masks to people just wanting to gather in large crowds like they usually would, one of the biggest concerns from the lockdown measures were the negative economic effects.

Some people just couldn’t afford to just work “remotely” unlike others who had the benefits of doing so and they suffered from the stretch of measures these past months. Many average citizens had their own local businesses shut down from weeks of closure and many people living paycheck to paycheck were fired from their jobs since these jobs just couldn’t operate and wait during the long periods of uncertainty.

Even in states that had eased some of their restrictions from earlier this spring and summer, many smaller businesses are still struggling to operate like they normally could from the many regulations on how and what they can be able to. 

In general, there needs to be a good understanding from the two main opposing viewpoints about the coronavirus pandemic and people have to try to keep things respectful. Americans should all support eachother to fight the coronavirus threat and everyone from all political spectrums have to find that middle ground that can commonly protect everyone medically and financially, because we should all want to keep people as safe as possible.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on November 25, 2020 04:37

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Source: WebMD Health

Social distancing or self-quarantine increasingly seen as United States' best hope to fight coronavirus.

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