Guest Writer: Emily Reischer
“You tested positive,” my mom says, her eyes looking like she just watched someone die. It is pretty surreal, I mean it is all the news has been covering for weeks. “Stay inside, self-quarantine.” Weirdly enough, that is exactly what I have been doing. I’ve stayed inside while social media shows others are out at the beach or at parties. I still got it though. So now it is my responsibility to do my part in reducing the spread. Personally, I’m not too worried about myself, but I can understand why people are. The news is all over the place. Different media presenting contradicting information, like always. It makes it very difficult to believe what I’m reading - maybe I should just stop as it is making me paranoid.
The thing is, I am aware of my privilege. I had the means to pay a visit to my doctor who instructed me to get tested. Yes, it is being said that tests are free. However, at the drive-through center that I went to, they were not free without insurance. People may have to travel far in order to find a place that won’t charge them. Or, they may have to pay a huge fee to get tested for this harmful virus. Where I went, the lines were long, the people were rude, and the system was disorganized. People just keep spreading it and spreading it. That’s why more people are dying. There are young people like me, who are not as much at risk. Their ignorance is deadly. Just because they survive, that doesn’t mean the other people whom they expose the illness to will. My boyfriend is eighteen years old and seemingly healthy, but he has diabetes and asthma, two conditions that are on top of the “at-risk lists.” All this does is feed into my anxiety.
I have spent parts of the day crying, scared for his life. He reassured me that he will be fine, unlike the news which in some cases falsifies what could happen. Being bored and stuck at home just makes my anxiety worse. I sit here on my phone, googling all kinds of questions. “Will my dog die? Will my boyfriend die? Will I know if I’m dying?” I ease my mind, and then it just goes back to wondering. It’s a new sickness that we aren’t very educated on yet. It is important for us to act with kindness and thoughtfulness. Stay home. The quicker you do that, the quicker things will improve. People keep posting “we want life back to usual,” however, they are still treating life how they would in these “usual” days. They are going out and making it worse. If we want life back to normal, we must treat it like it’s NOT.
Hi! I’m Daniel Reischer, a regular contributor to The Politician, and the brother of this article’s writer. I flew home from England three weeks ago to a more or less healthy home. After spending nearly twelve hours of my day on trains, planes, and in airports in London and New York City. I had worries of contracting the virus but when I got tested, it came back negative. When Emily’s test came back positive, I was shocked. No one else in the house was really showing symptoms, yet, she was the first one to test positive. This is terrifying as Emily had been the most isolated among us for a while. Now, she is in forced isolation. What does that mean? Well, all her food needs to be brought to her on single use plates. She is not supposed to leave her room except to shower. I have to imagine it would be absolutely maddening to be alone for that long. The rest of my family will be tested and have results in soon. If we are positive, she can at least leave her room but for now, we will continue to take precautions.