COVID-19—is the end in sight?

With Georgia cases on the rise, it's more important than ever to wear your masks. Photo Credit: Savannah Young

With Georgia cases on the rise, it’s more important than ever to wear your masks. Photo Credit: Savannah Young

Savannah Young

Ever since the coronavirus came to the U.S.the citizens of Fulton County have been on edge. While some people handled it better than others, we can all agree that we’re ready for this pandemic to be over. 

Unfortunately, we may not get our wish anytime soon.  

In the past few days, the number of COVID cases in Georgia have been on the rise, with Roswell alone gaining 139 cases since October 20th and October 27th. 

Although cases of COVID-19 are dwindling, there’s been more cases reported in the past two weeks than the two weeks prior. Photo Credit: Fulton County

Meanwhile, the number of cases in Fulton County has gone up by 1,314. 

And cities such as Atlanta and South Fulton are exceeding 150 cases in the past two weeks, with Atlanta having over 500 confirmed cases.  

Due to the increase in cases, essential products such as toilet paper, soap, and canned foods have begun to fly off the shelves for a second time, causing the people of Roswell to become stressed for the future.  

Although the cases are still dwindling compared to March, it seems as though we should be expecting another surge, especially due to the cooler weather coming in the next few months.  

Recent epidemiology reports show that the cases in Fulton County, overall, have increased more in the recent two-week reporting period (10/3-10/16) than in the previous two weeks (9/19-10/2).” 

Roswell cases are on the rise as the weather starts to get cooler, students and adults return to school and work, and more people begin to go outside of their homes. Photo Credit: Fulton County

What the Rise in Cases Means for Roswell High and Our Community 

While this sudden rise could mean anything for Fulton County as a whole, the question on the front of students’ minds is obvious: What does this mean for us—and our school’s plans, in particular?  

Since the decision to full open face-to-face was (supposedly) dependent upon the Fulton County rates dropping to less than 100 positive cases per 100,000 county residents, if the numbers rise much higher, it could cause schools to go completely virtual again 

Not only that, but we could see even higher unemployment rates as well as a struggle to find common household paper products once again 

On a lighter note, most of us already know the precautions we need to take, what we need to buy at the grocery store, and how to handle future lockdowns. So, this shouldn’t feel as stressful as it did back in March. And, by now, we’re learning how to navigate the social distancing mandates without letting it affect our friendships, our grades, and our plans for the future—a time when, hopefully, COVID-19 will be a distant memory we’d rather forget. 

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