16-year old High School student in #NewYork.
20th April 2020
Coronavirus Treatment Article
Today has been pretty good. The article that I was given concerning how Coronavirus are responding to this treatment. Some interesting things about this treatment is that many patients with severe cases of the virus are healing. Fever start to disappear soon after patients are treated. One of the most interesting things about this article is that there is no control group during this treatment. This highlights some of the scientific aspects of this treatment. Words such as control group and placebo help suggest this fact. I would be really interested to see how this type of treatment progresses. It makes me a little hopeful to see this treatment having positive effects on the patients. So if it’s true that many of the 113 patients were in this category and were discharged, it’s another positive signal that the drug has efficacy,” he said, adding that it will be important to see more data from randomized controlled studies.” Many patients being discharged is a wonderful thing to see. It gets better when some of these patients previously had hard cases of the virus. It gives hope not only to healthcare professionals, but also the thousands of people that are currently suffering with this deadly virus. I found it extremely interesting how fever was a requirement to go on trial. I think this is one of the most dangerous parts of the disease. Many patients are asymptomatic. Furthermore, many of the tests are “false negative”. Meaning that most of the time people have the virus without even knowing about it! From previous articles I have read it said that coronavirus testing may give false negative results about 30% of the time. I have heard this constantly from people I know in the medical field. This is why it is paramount that we social distance and stay home. Even though we do not feel ill does not mean that we do not have the virus. We could spread it to others without even knowing it. We are all doing our part by staying home, and this is a major way we can help the healthcare workers fight this virus. In other news, life has been pretty quiet for me. Easter Break was much needed. I enjoyed reading 1984 for the first time. I highlighted and wrote many notes. I continued on the George Orwell trend and started reading Animal Farm. It is really good so far. I read almost half the book in one sitting. Homework has been okay. Stress has not been too bad, it is getting pretty nice outside. I enjoy school, but I cannot wait until we finish for the year. I would much rather be running or reading than doing school work in my room. We only have about forty days left which is good. It is moving by quickly at times, but during other times it can be pretty monotonous. “History will be kind to me because I intend to write it.” - Winston Churchill
21st April 2020
Wet Market Article
From the beginning of this coronavirus I knew about its origin. It came from a wet market in Wuhan, China. What was new to me, however, was the fact that many other diseases that have ravaged China and the world as a whole came from wet markets. It was interesting to see how the laws in China helped diseases spread. The laws allowed for “wildlife farming” which helped the spread of many different viruses and diseases throughout different organisms. My emotional reaction to this video is fear. I am afraid of new viruses continuing to pop up from not only China but many other wet markets where the spread of diseases are common. I was happy to see how China’s social media outlets are responding to this. Calling for the change of laws so that viruses and diseases like the Coronavirus do not happen again. I like how China is now working to change these laws as a way of stopping future viruses and diseases to happen. I am still worried, however, for many different viruses to come. My logical reaction to this video is that it may be a good idea to prevent certain wildlife and animals from being hunted, captured, and brought in contact with humans in places like wet markets. It was interesting to see how only a small percentage of Chinese people actually eat these unique animals. This small percentage is the upper class and the people with power. I do not think that it makes sense for these wealthy people to risk the safety of the billion other people in China just for these exotic foods. To prevent something like this from happening, different world leaders need to enact policies to preserve animals that have the ability to carry deadly viruses like the Coronavirus. We must stop eating and trading these types of animals in order to prevent future diseases. As the video had said, some of these exotic animals were eaten as a way to prevent starvation for the huge population of China. I think that other countries and leaders could help provide food if needed for certain countries. No population should be so desperate as to start eating dangerous foods like this. We must work together as humans to prevent future viruses. We must learn from the past. We are all humans. We all are looking for ways to survive and live. The people in the wet markets in China are probably just trying to make a living. The people in Wuhan are not so different from us. We are all humans. We all must help each other. Sometimes I think that we often do not look at what another person is dealing with. We must walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. “People are always quick to call evil what they do not know. The unknown sprouts fear. It spreads like an infection, burrowing into every facet of their lives. THey need a scapegoat, someone to blame. Fingers are pointed, accusations are made, and a target lands on somebody’s back. They grow angry. They turn violent. To history, human nature must be a stubborn and tiring student. No matter how many times history tries to show it the error of its ways, it never learns from its mistakes”- Kelseyleigh Reber
22nd April 2020
“Yesterday”- The Beatles I picked this song because of how sad and melancholy it is. We are dreaming about going back to the past. Back when we did not have to worry about quarantine or coronavirus. “I believe in yesterday”.
“Eleanor Rigby”- The Beatles This song is about loneliness and isolation. It is kind of how we feel when we can’t see our friends or be with many people like we used to.
“Locked Away”- Adam Levine We are in a way “locked away”. It will be interesting to see the people we used to spend all of our time with after this quarantine. Just like this song says will relationships change after a long time of being locked away?
“The Scientist”- Coldplay This is a slow and sad song about wanting to “go back to the start”.
“Kids” - OneRepublic I have been listening to this song for a while now. With all the sports and school being cancelled it has got me thinking. We are only young like this once. When we were younger we wanted to grow up so badly. We wanted to be adults. Highschool has been moving so fast and been teaching me so many lessons. I am learning not to take this time I have for granted. “Back when we were kids”.
“Record Year”- Eric Church The title really sums this song up. It has been a record year and a year that we will remember for our entire lives.
“Circles” - Post Malone This song is pretty slow and melancholy. Time is pretty circular right now. It feels as though you are constantly getting up, doing work and repeating. “Run away but we are running in circles”. It feels as though even if you try and get away you end up just coming back to where you started.
“Even Though I Am Leaving” - Luke Combs I really like this song because it shows how people come and go in your life. The boy is scared because his father is leaving to go to be deployed. “Even though I am leaving, I ain’t going nowhere.” My sister’s boyfriend was recently deployed and it was hard saying goodbye to him.
“Photograph” - Ed Sheeran I really like this song because it makes you think about your past. How you were as a child. All the love you had for everyone is now in the past in a picture. “We made these memories for ourselves.
23rd April 2020
The Blind Men and the Elephant Poem
Today has been going pretty well. The Blind men and the Elephant was an extremely interesting parable. Each of the six men “saw” the elephant to be something different. None of the blind men could even see this animal, yet they were ignorantly casting their judgements. They only saw one piece of the puzzle and concluded that they knew what an elephant looks like solely based on a single body part. This can be easily compared to our current situation. None of us have full knowledge of what is going on. We do not see what some leaders or doctors see. We should not be casting our judgement until we have seen the big picture. We all have probably seen one part of this coronavirus and thought we knew everything that was going on. If we did that we would be like the blind men who touched one body part and claimed they knew what an elephant looked like. The best way to help people see the whole picture is to help show them what is truly going on. We can show them facts. Most of the time, however, we cannot always see the whole picture. There are some things that are going on that we will not know about. The best way to cure people of bad judgement, is to not proclaim our views. Most of the time when we do this, we do not know of everything that is going on and therefore make a poor judgement. Sometimes we may not see the reason for being quarantined or not being able to visit people. We sometimes have to have trust and faith that there is a reason behind every decision. We must trust that the people making the decisions see somethings from a different perspective. That perspective that other people may have may be more clear and help tell the bigger picture. This is a helpful tool in communication. We all have different perspectives. We cannot cast our judgment on a certain thing without seeing the whole situation.
27th April 2020
Role models during this Pandemic
The two people that I most admire during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic are my two sisters. Both my sisters work in Florida as nurses, one in Tampa and the other in Fort Lauderdale. They both work in the E.R where many Coronavirus patients are being treated. They both do this without hesitation knowing that they could very well catch the virus themselves. I really admire their ability to help others no matter the cost, which it is pretty selfless of them to do. Dealing with the effects of Coronavirus has been different for me, whether it be with #school or something else. Whenever I find it hard, however, I realize that many other people have it much worse. There are people who have the virus, and there are medical professionals who are working their hardest to fight this disease. My problems seem pretty small in comparison. Not only do my sisters have to worry about not getting the disease themselves, they also have to protect the people they are living with. I am glad that we have people protecting us in the medical field, and also people who are trying to stay safe at home and reduce the risk of transferring the virus. It is nice to know that there are people working around the clock trying to find vaccines and people fighting this disease in hospitals. It really makes me proud to know that my sisters are a part of this team.
Letter to past self
Dear Past Self,
How are you? I can imagine you are doing pretty well. You just got back from the March for Life and are about to head to Staten Island for track. I am you from the future, and I wanted to tell you how different things will be. Do not be too alarmed. You know that outbreak that is happening in China? Yeah, the Coronavirus thing. I know it does not seem like such a big deal right now, but eventually it will eventually come to the United States. Do not panic and immediately buy truckloads of toilet paper. (Don’t worry you’ll get the joke soon enough). It might be a good idea to get some extra nonperishable food and some supplies to help you get through what is about to come. Since it is only mid- January, you still have some time. When you get into the months of March, there will be a mandatory quarantine to help stop the spread of the virus. I know it seems scary, but in reality it is not as bad as you think. Stay inside! There are a lot of people who ignorantly disregard the virus and go outside. Do not let it be us! You can still go on runs and such, but beware there will be more people out taking their dogs on walks :). To make the most of your time, I would suggest setting a time to wake up to every morning. For me it was 8:30. This is a good way to keep yourself centered and a way to make sure you do not stay up too late at night. My next suggestion is to read! This is the perfect time to catch up on the longer novels that you have been pushing yourself to read. There will be extra time now that school has moved to distance learning. I know for the first couple weeks, the amount of school work may seem a little overwhelming. I know, I went through it. My suggestion is to just keep moving through it. I did a good job of keeping on top of my school and I never got behind. It will lower your anxiety, because I know we do not like to get behind in school. Another way to spend quarantine is to hang out with your family and call people. This is such a good way to pass the time. This time in quarantine has helped me get closer with everyone in my house and a lot of my friends believe it or not. Do not let the distance separate you from the people that you care about. Keep talking to them and calling them. Also go outside! I have spent countless hours keeping myself occupied in our property without leaving the “house” area. Play sports with your siblings, you guys are all in this together. I would also tell you to keep an eye on the news. I have started reading a lot more news stories. It is a good way to stay up to date with all the current events. Take advantage of the daily journals that your teacher assigns. I was a little skeptical at first but overall I have enjoyed getting my thoughts down on paper. Be careful and stay inside.
Your Future Self
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
29th April 2020
This Pandemic has given most of us some perspective. For me when I first heard of the Coronavirus, and when we were shutting everything down, I was scared. I did know what to think or believe. In a way, I felt helpless, knowing that whatever I did would not change anything. I was and am worried for my siblings and relatives in the medical field. I think this is one thing that I can take away from this ordeal. Spend time with the people you love. Before we were quarantined, I lived in the future. I always thought about what was going to come next. I looked forward to getting my permit, working my new job, running an outdoor track season, and spending time with my friends in the summer. When we were first quarantined I lost most of the things that I was going to do in the future. This virus has taught me to start taking life one day at a time. I should not be continually worried about what will happen next, and instead I should live in the now. It has given me a little bit of perspective on life and how short it is. We really do not know the time or the hour that we will die. It is a scary thing to think about, but what is scarier is thinking of all the things you missed because I was so worried about the future. I missed all the amazing things that were happening before the Coronavirus. I was a little too focused on what came next. This virus is a good way to take a step back and evaluate the important things in life. We really take for granted the simple things in life. Seeing our friends everyday in school and running with the team. They all seem so normal until we cannot experience them anymore. I know almost all of us wish we were back in school right now. We as students complain about school, but it really is not bad. We all wish that we could go back tomorrow. Go back to experiencing the normal things in life. I am now determined to make the best of every situation I am in. I did that a little bit before the Coronavirus, but it is reinforced with this new found perspective. I will not take for granted the time I have with people. I do look back on the time before Coronavirus and wish that I can have it back. I know I can’t, and that is why life is so amazing. I have learned from experience. This coronavirus is a lesson that we all are learning. It is teaching us how to better prepare ourselves for the future.
5th May 2020
Thoughts on Atlantic Article
“The only viable endgame is to play whack-a-mole with the coronavirus suppressing it until a vaccine can be produced. WIth luck, that will take 18 to 24 months.” As I am reading this, I am interested in seeing how he brings up events such as Pearl Harbor, and different hurricane disasters. This virus is not like this. We can’t just clean it up and rebuild like these cities do after they are struck by hurricanes. This will be much harder. It is hard because this is the first time we have seen a virus like this. We really don’t have much of a good idea of what to do as of right now. I also like how he mentions how little supplies we have here in the United States. Masks and ventilators are scarce. “There aren’t enough masks and gowns to adequately protect staff, ventilators to deliver oxygen to patients who can’t breathe, or respiratory technicians and nurses to operate those ventilators.” Our supplies are drying up, the author of this article does not seem too optimistic about our ability to handle the coronavirus in hospitals now, and in the future. He gives his optimistic scenario, but it is not very optimistic. If we return to normal too quickly then we may have another surge. I think his view is accurate. He gives the facts, and tells the audience straight out, that it will be a long road to victory. We were not really prepared for a virus like this. He also says that our lack of unity is contributing to the spread of this virus. The world or even the United States does not have someone to unite under. The information provided in this article has not really changed my opinion on the Coronavirus. None of us know what is going on and how to actually effectively do things. We are in uncharted territory for this virus, and if we open up too soon, we may be in for another spike in cases. HIs writing style is interesting. He knows what he is talking about, and his tone is not very optimistic for the future of this country. He starts with the section of “reopening” and moves on to “recalibration” to discuss what happens if we reopen. He organizes this article beautifully, going step by step on different sections of the virus and how to deal with it. It makes it easier to understand the process of the Coronavirus and what it will take to open things back up. I liked when he talked about the time it takes to produce tests and other medical equipment. Some things take time. This is important, because he shows us realistically that we do not have unlimited supplies to deal with this virus.
6th May 2020
I miss you guys. I miss going on the long runs and goofing around the entire time. Going on runs with you guys did not seem as bad. We have all gone through so much together. Wins and losses, we were always there for each other. I remember our entire cross country season, we were excited for outdoor track to start. We started planning everything out. I will get to see most of you again, but for the seniors, that was our last time together. I remember the first time I met you guys. I was just a little freshman whom you all took in and made me feel welcome. For the seniors, you always made me laugh and have a good time on our runs. The long bus rides and the cold and rainy meets did not seem so bad when you guys were with me. You guys always talked about how graduation seemed so far away, but here it is. Those two years with you guys felt like two minutes. I know that for most of you that was your last time ever competing. You guys did a great job. You gave me advice and lifted me up even when I had a bad race. You taught me how to be a team player. You taught me that even when I do not win, you guys will always be there to lift my chin up. You always gave me the confidence to do better than I had before. To run my next race even faster. I will miss you guys so much and I thank you for making me into the person and runner that I am today. I’ll miss you boys...
For everyone else, let’s work harder. We were planning on being All Catholic Champions for track this year. We should not dwell on this for too long. We have a strong team for cross country, and I cannot wait to run with you guys again when quarantine is over. I have learned not to take anything for granted. Especially my time with you guys. We always thought that we would have so much time together. We never thought that our seasons and time together would be taken away from us in an instant. Let's put forth our best efforts in honors of the seniors. They started this journey with us, and now we will have to finish it without them. I’ll see you guys soon…
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” -Kobe Bryant.