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To All the College Students (and Young Adults), Stop Partying!

I’m going to keep this one short, sweet, and to the point. There have been many college students and young adults partying and going out right now. It is around the time for spring break (mine was a couple of weeks ago). I realize a lot of nightlife has been shut down, as well as most music festivals and concerts.

I don’t think I need to remind all college-age kids out there that there is a virus running rapidly in many countries, including the United States. In fact, the death toll in this country just hit triple digits. COVID-19 is no joke. This virus is a danger to the elderly and disabled people.

I myself am a college student. My university has moved to online classes for the remainder of the semester, as I’m sure yours may have done. I’m also at greater risk of complications if I contract this virus.

You think it’s not going to be that bad if you get it. However, did you know it takes up to fourteen days to show symptoms? Did you know that it that time you can pass it on to people who are more vulnerable? That’s friends who are immunosuppressed, parents with underlying conditions, your grandparents.

Is it worth seeing people get terribly sick from a virus that you’re okay with getting because “it won’t be that bad”? People at “at-risk” matter. They are real humans with lives and dreams. It’s dangerous for most of these people to get the common cold. I don’t think you can imagine what would happen if they got the coronavirus.

So, I ask that you stop partying and practice social distancing. It’s the easiest thing to do. Isolate yourself. I know it stinks. As a person with a chronic illness, I have to constantly adjust to “new normal”. I am trained to do this. If teenage me could do it, you can do it too.

So, from me, my immunosuppressed friends, and the disabled community, please shut down the partying for a while. Do your schoolwork, pick up a book, learn a new hobby. Stay away from other people, especially those who are more vulnerable. It’ll be okay, I promise.

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