🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19
Over the last few weeks, students, teachers, and staff all across Hamilton County have been sent home to quarantine due to close contact. On a Saturday, I received a call informing me that I had...
been a close contact and needed to quarantine for 14 days. As a person who had to quarantine over Thanksgiving break, I was not happy. I am fortunate to have no one of high risk in my family, so I could walk around the house with free will most of the time.
Quarantine, as it seems, is very dull most of the time. I spent most of my time watching Christmas movies on Netflix and catching up on getting ahead on schoolwork. I also found myself wasting a lot of time on Tiktok. Suddenly all my friends became internet friends. All we did was facetime, zoom, and Netflix party to a point where it got boring. I’m so glad I’m safe and out of quarantine.
I also had to do one week of online school. Online school, in my opinion, isn’t as bad as it may seem. I get a lot of free time to work on other classes or extracurriculars. I find myself either procrastinating all day or being really productive. I missed my friends and being social while being at home, but the bright side is that it keeps people safe!
Even though I am usually an A student, keeping up with assignments and grades has been really tough this year. I think it’s because of the constant changes, not just because of the phases but also because teachers and students are quarantined every day. My teacher was quarantined for like a month, and then right after they came back, I got quarantined, so It really took a hit on my grade.
I did not experience any COVID symptoms while being in quarantine. Still, I experienced paranoia when I would sneeze or suddenly couldn’t taste something when I perfectly could. The paranoia of getting symptoms is happening to a lot of people, including me, but being quarantined because I was around someone who tested positive, made it worse. As a person who has allergies 24/7, I am usually aware of when my body reacts to allergies or the flu. COVID-19 has all the possible symptoms, so when I sneeze, it’s automatically the first thing I think about, even though I’ve sneezed when I wake up in the mornings every day for as long as I can remember.
Coming out of quarantine definitely felt a little weird. My mom sent me to the grocery store on the first day I was released, and all I could think about was, should I get tested first. My mom wasn’t budging since I had no symptoms, so I went, and It felt like I was breaking some sort of laws.
Quarantining isn’t as bad as it may come across. It is just another precaution that keeps people safe and alive. Realize your surroundings and wear your masks!