Concerns again about Covid-19

June 1, 2022


Xavier Donat

Mask wearing is now optional in New Jersey schools.

In March 2020, the Covid-19 virus took the world by storm. After two years, Covid-19 cases dropped by a great percentage, in part because people got boosted and vaccinated. However, now in April 2022, once again Covid cases are on the rise.

“I am disappointed that they are rising a bit, but relieved that cases are mild,” Katie Carolan explained.

Carolan is the nurse at Patrick M. Villano Elementary School. Masks are no longer mandated, but Carolan choose to wear a mask when she comes into contact with children who are not feeling well.

“My advice is to do what’s best for you and your family. It’s always good to talk to someone when you’re feeling uneasy, but it’s also good to know that we are all in this together,” Carolan said.

Carolan has been a hero to the Villano community through this continuing pandemic. With more people being vaccinated, many are now choosing to not wear masks. This decision is a personal decision. As cases are beginning to rise once again, a lot of people have different opinions on what to think of the new strain.

“I don’t really know what to say about the rise in cases, other than the only constant we can expect in life is change, so this is one of those bumps in all of our paths,” Elizabeth Hill said.

Hill is a fifth grade teacher with a positive outlook.

“We are all experiencing this pandemic, so no one is alone, although we may have been affected individually in different ways, we are all living life in the midst of this pandemic. We have come this far, so let’s keep holding our heads up, being positive and safe, and continue to encourage one another and be supportive of each other, kids and adults alike, everyday,” Hill said.

These last several years have been challenging for many individuals when it comes to the pandemic. During this time, all individuals have adapted and adjusted to the new normal in some way. The pandemic is an experience many will never forget.


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