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Covid-19 Vaccine Timeline

By Monserrat Juarez

The CDC announced that Pfizer and Moderna will be releasing their vaccines to healthcare workers and nursing home residents starting this month. There is a timeline that experts want to follow and it looks like this:

  • December: Healthcare workers and nursing home residents will probably receive the first vaccinations. 40 million doses will be available, so only 20 million people can receive the vaccine because after a few weeks, those people who received the vaccine will have to get another dose.

  • January: 40 million doses will be available so only 20 million people can receive the vaccine because after a few weeks, those people who received the vaccine will have to get another dose. By early 2021, there will be about 70 million doses available for 35 million people. At this point, healthcare workers are still going to be top priority.

  • February and March: People over 65 years of age, people with medical conditions that put them at risk because of infection, and essential workers in education, food, transportation, and law enforcement.

  • April-June: Nonessential workers that are younger than 65 years old will probably start receiving the vaccine. It is expected that the majority of Americans will already be vaccinated by summer’s end.

According to this timeline, the CDC predicts that large gatherings will be more safe by the summer. However, this does not mean that people should simply go out to eat carelessly because there is still risk.

My Story With COVID-19

By An Anonymous Student

I tested positive for COVID-19. It was on November 18, 2020 when I tested positive. I want to tell you about my experience.

It all started with a sore throat, then a runny nose, then a cough. The next day, I couldn’t taste or smell anything. I then went to go get tested just to see, and I took the rapid test (where you get your results in about 1-2 hours). When we received the call, they said that me and my brother had both tested positive. I wasn’t scared, I was just in shock.

So, of course, we had to quarantine for 14 days. My parents had planned a trip to Cancun since January, but since me and my brother tested positive for COVID, they had to cancel. I felt really bad because they couldn’t go on their trip.

We ate inside our room, and when we needed to go to the restroom, we just wore our mask. We actually wore a mask in the entire house. For treatment, we took a lot of vitamin c and zinc, and we drank a lot of hot tea. That really helped. We ate a lot of caldo de pollo (chicken soup) which helped as well. We drank a lot of water to keep us hydrated.

About 10 days later, my taste and smell finally came back. I was so happy! It was really frustrating to not be able to taste any of the food that we ate. Overall, I had mild symptoms which was really good because many people around the world get worse and have to stay in the ICU.

I thanked God that I was okay and I didn’t get as bad as others do. I just prayed every day, asking God to heal us. And he did. I started to feel much better after 10 days. To avoid getting COVID-19, just make sure you wear your mask and stay socially distanced, and avoid big crowds.

Personal Covid-19 Narrative

By An Anonymous Student

Have you ever thought about what it might feel like to have the virus in this ongoing pandemic? I’ll tell you my side of the story.

I woke up and I started doing the normal daily routine, going into my computer and going into 1st period. I had been feeling off that day. I was having somewhat of a sore throat, but I blamed it on sleeping. However, the day before, my dad went to get tested because he got potentially exposed to the virus a couple days before at work. The test ended up coming out positive. My parents, my brother, and I all had to quarantine ourselves.

Later that day, I was feeling some flu symptoms. It was fairly cold that day, but I was submerged into my pool of sweat. I had a bit of difficultly breathing, and I was practically convinced that I also got the virus. Knowing that I possibly had the virus made me scared. Later that night, I woke up, sweating once again, and because of the sudden jolt, my blood pressure had dropped. That feeling isn’t fun.

For the rest of the week, everyone in our household had to wear a mask 24/7. Considering we live in a small house, it was hard to distance ourselves. Later that week, my mom, my brother, and I went to a city in L.A. to get tested. The lines weren’t long and we went in and out in less than 30 minutes. It was a smooth process. Considering there weren’t a lot of people, the results came in the next day. I ended up testing positive and my mom and brother tested negative. So now it was me and my dad being positive and my mom and brother being negative. My parents didn’t want to necessarily tell people in our family; we didn’t want to worry people.

The day after I tested positive, I had been receiving several phone calls from my doctor and people from the L.A. Health Department. It was somewhat overwhelming. They had to check up on me daily and make sure I was taking the medicines they had prescribed me. They also had to ask me so many questions.

Having Covid while trying to go through online school was kind of tough. I wasn’t able to focus completely through the class, even when I tried. I was more focusing on myself. I was so exhausted, I tried not to sleep during class. I had completely lost my sense of smell and taste and it was weird eating food without tasting it. You could only think of the texture.

I had spent about two weeks without my sense of taste and smell and suddenly I was able to taste the bare minimum. It was better than nothing. The final week with Covid, my blood pressure would drop twice every day, but I didn’t know if it was due to Covid or my own personal health. I also had a really runny nose which bothered me very much. We had decided to go and take the test again after we had quarantined for two weeks. Me and my dad tested negative, but my mom and brother tested positive.

I was relieved that I didn’t have the virus any more, but felt bad that we potentially gave it to my mom and brother. They had to go through the same process with receiving several phone calls and taking medications. My mom, now, has tested negative, and we are waiting for my brother’s result, but I am fairly positive he is negative by now.

Southern California Stay at Home Orders

By Monserrat Juarez

The stay at home order that went into effect Sunday December 6 at midnight is not the same as the one we witnessed earlier this year. This stay at home order comes as a result of the decrease in ICU capacity throughout the state. This order will stay in effect until December 28 and the order will only be lifted if the ICU capacity is at 15% or higher. Currently, Southern California is at 12.5%.

Unlike the lockdown we experienced in the spring, this stay at home order will not close down retail stores or outdoor areas like parks, beaches, and nature hikes. All of the following will be closed during this stay at home order:

  • Outdoor restaurant dining
  • Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and other personal care services
  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor card rooms and satellite wagering and casinos
  • Outdoor museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Outdoor movie theaters
  • Outdoor wineries
  • Overnight stays at campgrounds
  • Food, drink, or alcohol sales at outdoor recreational facilities

The use of hotels for vacation trips or to visit family will be prohibited. However, hotels will not be closed down completely. They will still be open to healthcare workers, food, agriculture, energy, utilities, transportation, communications, government operations, manufacturing, financial services and the entertainment industry. The places and activities listed below will remain open in Southern California:

  • Entertainment production
  • Professional sports without live audiences, except for Santa Clara County. It has its own order banning contact sports, which has forced the San Francisco 49ers to temporarily relocate to Arizona for December home games
  • Schools that are already open for in-person learning can remain open
  • Outdoor areas like beaches, parks, and hiking trails
  • Medical offices, dentist offices
  • Child care and prekindergarten
  • Restaurants for takeout and delivery service
  • Critical infrastructure sectors

Non-essential traveling will be banned because the increase in cases was caused as a result of out-of-state visitors this Thanksgiving holiday.

Although all of these restrictions have been labeled as requirements, many cities have already announced that law enforcement officials will not help enforce the stay at home order. The reason Governor Newsom decided to label this stay at home order a requirement is because he hoped that it would urge people to help stop the spread.

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