One Year Anniversary of Covid

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A woman looks at signs at a store closed due to COVID-19 in Niles, Ill., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Mason Orlando

This month will mark the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown. A year ago, it was announced comically that school would be closed for two weeks to address the rising presence of the virus. Of course, I say comically because two weeks turned into months. Even now, we are still sitting under restrictions. Here’s a look back at the past year and COVID’s effects.

COVID has affected everyone’s way of life, whether it’s a trip to the store or your job or just ordering food. Many industries have seen hard times and changes as well. The restaurant industry as a whole has seen a change in the way food is prepared and served. Extra sanitation has become a standard in every industry to protect workers and customers alike. Most business is now done online as well.

This past year has been especially hard if you’re a small business owner too. When COVID first hit the streets of the United States, small businesses were forced to close while the government sorted out what to do. Unable to cope with the losses, many small businesses shuttered. This caused a major spike in unemployment around the country. 

Seniors in high school this year are no stranger to the adverse effects of COVID. Having lost a major part of their school year to online learning, it’s only recently that we’ve been able to return full time. However, it was nice having breaks between days of school which will soon be a thing of the past. A year of COVID has felt like no time at all has passed; hopefully in the future we’ll be better prepared for a pandemic so that life can go back to normal.