Has it really been a year already?

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In Florida specifically, daily cases have fallen greatly and the vaccine is being distributed to many people and should be ready to distribute to young adults before our graduation in early June.

Jacob Reiter, Staff Writer

I am sure that we all remember last school year when the pandemic first truly took hold. I distinctly remember my AP US History teacher Mr. Kay told my class that normally he would’ve assigned work to us over spring break, but he had a feeling that we wouldn’t be coming back to school for the rest of the year. At the time I thought that we would attend online classes the week after spring break but then one week turned to two, two turned to three, and before we knew it those few weeks when spring started turned into a full year. Looking back at the beginning when everyone was buying toilet paper like it was gold, I realize how truly insane the first wave was. In many ways the pandemic has improved, but it has also gotten worse. The death toll in America alone is more than 500,000, the economy has taken a turn for the worse but is starting to recover, and many states are distributing vaccines to much of those at risk. I am sure that the reason COVID was able to become a worldwide pandemic was due to the poor initial response. From its (supposed) origins in Wuhan it spread to the rest of Asia and eventually to Europe; the virus would inevitably make its way to the USA due to the massive amounts of travel into and out of the country. Once the virus got to the USA it was game over simply due to the massive amounts of travel Americans indulge in. The global pandemic we currently find ourselves in is mostly due to poor coordination among all of the world’s leaders and is no one person or country’s fault. They say hindsight is 2020 but I am sure that myself and everyone else would like to forget that year and move past this pandemic.