With the recent rise in Covid-19 cases, the possibility of a second lockdown is becoming more and more likely. Even though there are at least a million Covid cases in the US, 25-year-old Katie Allen is worried about the impact a second lockdown will have on her extremely busy social life, which is contributing to the spike in cases.
“There’s all of this news about a second lockdown, and about businesses shutting down again,” Katie sighed. “I just don’t understand the sudden rise in cases. I’ve been going out every day, and I haven’t gotten sick once.”
Although doctors and front-line workers have been in imminent danger for 8 months, Katie has felt safe going to restaurants, hanging out with friends, going to the gym, and even visiting her 80-year-old grandparents.
When asked about protecting herself and others, she scoffed, saying that she has made the choice to not let this virus rule her life, as hospitals run out of beds and ICU space for terminally ill patients.
“When I go out, I wear my mask all the time,” Katie says, only removing it when she’s eating, drinking, or it feels too uncomfortable. “No one I know has tested positive, so I’m not too worried. For example, I went to a small housewarming party, and everyone was fine,” unaware that one person at the party had COVID-19, who spread it to 3 people, who will spread it to 30 people, who will spread it to 100 people, 8 of whom will not survive.
“Look, most of us will get the virus and most of us will survive it, so why are we so scared?” she says as every day dozens of Minnesotans die from coronavirus. “What’s happening with others shouldn’t have to infringe on what I’m doing. It’s so inconsiderate of the government to not think about everyone.”