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The Lookout | March 9, 2021

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Editorial: this pandemic is not over

Editorial: this pandemic is not over

From The Lookout Student Staff

Think of the coronavirus pandemic as a Shakespearean tragedy. The curtain has opened on act three: the climax.

This is where our cast of characters make their fateful choices. What will Michigan’s choice be?

The Lookout staff has observed those Michiganders who go out, not social distancing, not wearing masks, as if the coronavirus pandemic was magically resolved over the Mother’s Day weekend.

Yet scientists have made prophetic statements that a second outbreak in coronavirus cases could become a harrowing reality for states that reopen too soon. Still, a growing minority of Michiganders ignore the recommendations of government and health experts.

It’s true that the curve is flattening; but only because the majority of Michiganders have taken Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders seriously. We must continue to make sacrifices, big and small, for all our safety.

Many who refuse claim their actions are taken to defend “liberty.” They are sorely mistaken and misguided. Liberty does not mean unchecked stupidity and irresponsibility to do as one pleases while putting the health of others at risk.

What is to follow now, two months after the first stay-at-home order was announced? Act four, where the pandemic’s falling action will take place, and act five, where we will see what kind of society emerges.

Will it be a weakened and stratified society because of a few people’s impatience and rash decisions? It doesn’t have to be.