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Young people should take virus seriously

To the editor:

In regards to the editorial titled, “Keep Taking Precautions” (March 20), it is well noted that the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, popularly known as the coronavirus, has reached local areas. There are many schools across the area, including colleges, which have completely closed due to this outbreak. The message has been spread worldwide to keep people safe and away from others to try and stop the spread of this very contagious virus. However, it seems as if the youth of this generation are taking this pandemic outbreak with a grain of salt and not taking necessary precautions.

There have been many noted cases of teens and young adults who have been disregarding the state of emergency that the country is in at this time. Many people are spending their days out of schooling and getting together with groups of friends and heading to beaches. This type of irresponsibility could lead to a larger outbreak than some could imagine. When talking about young adults and teenagers carrying the virus, they could go a few weeks before showing any symptoms of the pandemic. Even without showing symptoms, the virus could still be passed to others if one is carrying the virus. With that noted, teens and young adults should be more proactive about this situation and isolate themselves in more sanitary areas such as their homes. There is no need to be taking this time and trying to “make the most of it.” This is a serious time that needs serious measures taken in order to handle the situation.

As a community, everybody, including every age, should do their part in being proactive and sanitary in times like this. Wash your hands, practice social distancing and most of all stay at home.

Kyle Petrasek

Suffolk