8-18 Media: Coronavirus takes its toll on youth too


This virus has affected me in many different ways. On Thursday, March 12, was my birthday. I took the day off of school to spend with my mother and father. We went to the library, Red Lobster, and some other places. My aunt asked my mother if we could watch her kids, my cousins. The oldest is Maddy she just turned 6. Her birthday is a week before mine, Griffin, age 4, and Lucia, age 1. We had to watch them until my uncle got off of work. He showed up at 6:30 pm. My sisters and I went to sleep later that night.

On Friday, I woke up and watched my movie on my computer and the girls watched TV. My mom woke up a little later. She told us that there is a virus that is getting people sick and that we might not be able to go on our trip to Mount Rushmore and Yellow Stone.

We went to school and the morning announcements came on, the principal had to tell the school that we had an “Extended Spring Break.” Some kids the other day were making jokes about the virus and laughing at it; now they were just sitting there silently.

I woke up and played games on my computer. Today my papa was taking me shopping for my birthday. For some reason I felt like this would be one of my last times in public until the virus is done. Later that day I asked my mother what we were going to do for the next three weeks.

She told us that if we got the sickness it would affect her greatly because she is immunocompromised, so we were not going to archery or to any place in public unless necessary and that we cannot see anybody unless we are outside, just not large groups.

My Dad and I went out for the last time on Tuesday. We went to archery one last time so I could shoot leagues and then we went to the store to pick up a couple things.

On Wednesday my family had a get together outside and played kickball.

To add to all of that I cannot have my birthday party. My birthday was on March 12 and we decided not to celebrate it with a party because of the sickness.

So overall this virus took a toll, not just on me, but everyone.

Here are the cons of this Virus: If my mom catches this virus she could get very sick or die, no school, we are not able to go in public, I do not get to see my family and friends, I do not get to go to archery and I am mainly stuck inside unless I go and play outside. Also, no more toilet paper in stores… this one is probably number one on your list. It’s crazy. If you go to a store like Walmart most likely they do not have any. All of the stores I went to were sold out of this stuff.

Now for the pros of this virus: no school (fits in both categories) and no homework.

I think this virus is scary, but I think we can handle it.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hunter Vedder is 12 years old and in the sixth grade. He loves to read, fish and hunt.


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