• Cara Coombs

Shelter in Place Affects the Central Valley

Updated: May 17

by Cara Coombs

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom ordered that residents of California shelter-in-place in an effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. As a result, millions of California are staying home and it has affected people in different ways.

For junior Thomas Stockton this shelter in place has had its positives and negatives to it. While it has taken away the ability to talk in person with friends and others he has been able to spend more time with his family. Stockton said, "being away from school has given me more time to reflect on the times I have been able to share with my family and how important they really are". Family is important especially during this crisis going on throughout the nation right now. This pandemic also affects the elderly community of our students.

With the shelter in place in effect, Vickie Hemmingson and her husband Jon Hemmingson have had to stay home especially since they are more at risk of getting the virus and having a fatal reaction to it. Hemmingson says "We are frightened by this virus. We do not want to take a chance on getting it". The only way to avoid taking that chance is to make sure they have enough food to last them through the worst of the virus- though in an emergency, there are delivery programs, and N95 masks. These masks block out the vast majority of incoming virus, lowering the risk of going to public stores.

What 'Flattening the curve' means

Overall this pandemic is greatly affecting everybody, but especially students and the elderly people close to them. This shelter in place may be affecting people in negatives ways but it is the only way to flatten the curve of this virus.


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