The COVID-19 outbreak has affected the entire country in many different ways.
Some states have been hit hard, and others, like Kansas, haven’t been hit very hard.
For one Sterling College student, Nathan Jones, this outbreak has changed his home city drastically.
Jones spent his entire two-week spring break in Sharon Springs, KS where the virus had not yet reached. For him, his daily life wasn’t really changed.
It wasn’t until he flew back home to Seattle that he saw the virus in its full force.
“In Washington, it’s way different than Kansas because every major place that’s usually busy is now dead,” Jones said. While I was still here in Kansas over spring break, I really didn’t notice a huge difference. People were still outside walking around and doing their own thing. I honestly didn’t do anything differently. When I flew home I noticed an immediate change. The life and the overall atmosphere of the “Emerald City” had changed. Coming home to this makes me personally sad since I’ve grown up here and know what Washington is normally like.”
Even from the beginning, the state of Washington was hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak.
As of March 30th, there were 195 COVID-19 related deaths in the state of Washington, as well as over 5,000 confirmed cases.
That ranks fifth among all states for the total number of cases, only behind New York, California, New Jersey, and Michigan.
Brenda Jones, Nathan’s mother had similar feelings towards the impact of the virus.
“In terms of precautions for my family I am making sure that we limit where we go since social gatherings can cause us to get it,” Brenda Jones said. At this point, if one of us gets it and brings it home then it’s just a matter of time before the whole family gets it. It’s scary to think that anywhere we go we are susceptible to COVID-19.”
This virus is still very mysterious, and we don’t really know what the outcome will ultimately be.
One thing we do know is that it needs to be taken seriously.
In Sterling, Kansas where the virus is currently non-existent, it can be hard to see outside of our perspective, and take the virus seriously.
The Jones family is experiencing something much different than we are here.
If we follow all of the orders and stay clean, we might get lucky and not have to experience what they are.