Dear COVID-19

Dear COVID-19

As of right now I am not afraid of you, however, I am afraid of how you were somehow able to bring the world to a complete stand still. I’m also afraid for the frontline workers and how it took a worldwide pandemic for people to realize who the real backbones of our society is. It’s not the millionaires, not the CEOs of top companies, and not the celebrities. It’s the healthcare workers and store workers. While everyone else works from home those are the people that wake up everyday and go to their job like there isn’t a deadly virus going around. They are forced to deal with people saying this is a hoax all while keeping a friendly attitude or they risk getting fired. You managed to show me many things in just three months. You’ve shown me the true colors of people who I thought I knew well. I went to school for 13 years just to for you to take away what was supposed to be the best months of my school career. 

I am usually somebody that has no problem staying home and I could do it for weeks but now that I am being told to by the government I would very much like to go out. However I will continue to stay home to keep others safe and keep myself safe. A small inconvenience now may help to prevent a big problem later. I am spending months on end away from my loved ones and friends while others are out treating this quarantine like a vacation . Because of you I feel isolated, sad, anxious, and tired because I can’t sleep without waking up every few hours with panic. I have no idea what is going to happen next and at this point the best I can do is to take everything day by day and hope for the best.

Sincerely,

Caitlin Skalski