Pandemic Woes: How Long Has This Gone on For?

Gabriel Rooney, Photojournalist

March 13, 2020 was the last day of what we called normalcy at Hall High school , before the virus struck and the school was shut down. Now it seems masking and social distancing are the new normal as we head into 2022. What began as a temporary 2 week lockdown is starting to turn into a 2 year long struggle against the invisible enemy with no semblance of an end in sight.

Two year later, with a vaccine, and with variants, we are still seemingly in the same position, only now we are equipped to deal with the virus, but its eradication is still far out of reach. The normal we once had is now a distant memory, as we go each day longer in this pandemic. The pandemic is one of those rare historical events that has affected virtually everyone by making us change our way of life because of its presence. In that sense humans now have one more thing in common with one another, that is covid impacting our lives in one way or another. Our collective sense of normalcy is dead, one of the countless victims of covid. We have gotten used to the masking, the sanitizing, and so much more. We rarely see the bottom half other peoples faces anymore, whether it be of friends, coworkers, teachers, etc. This is life for the foreseeable future, and we’ve come to deal with that.