2020 Part 2


Courtesy of Economist

Let’s hope that 2021 really will not become 2020 part 2. Please stay at home and take care of yourself!

Eunice Ahn, Photojournalist

It will soon be a month since 2020 has finally ended, and no one has ever been so happy to have it end. Although many of us are relieved that 2020 is finally over, that does not mean 2021 is going to be any different. Some problems we faced in 2020 are being carried over to 2021. If I were to be honest, by the way how things are going, 2021 is just 2020 part 2.

COVID-19 has been the greatest shock and change in all our lives. No one would have ever imagined their lives would turn out like this due to a virus. We liked thinking that we can just leave COVID behind in 2020; however, COVID sadly still exists and is stronger than ever. As time goes by, the virus starts forming new mutation strands, and recently, there were reports of new COVID mutation strands in the UK which has sadly spread to the US. The concern with there being rapid mutations in COVID-19 is the fact that there are more variations of the virus, which will most likely cause the vaccine to be less effective (AP News). Not only that, cases are rising in China as well.

China had to build hospitals in a short period of time due to cases rising in Beijing. The government imposed a lockdown on Beijing with about 1.7 million people on lockdown (UPI). According to a South Korean news agency, in the Jilin Province, more than 100 cases were reported and in the Heilongjiang Province, 150 cases were reported (UPI). The current cases in China are 88,701 infected. Although it is not much compared to how much it used to be, it is still without a fact rising, and especially with Chinese New Year happening, there are worries that the cases will rise.

With all that is going on in the world, it is important to take care of your mental health. Due to people staying inside and the uncertainty of the situation, mental health problems have become worse. There has been data shown that compared to June 2019, in June 2020, Americans suffering from anxiety had tripled and Americans suffering from depression had increased by 4 times (WebMD). The situation made many unsure of what would happen to America, especially with all the chaos that had happened this year including the Black Lives Matter Movement, the elections, the Capitol Hill riot, and so much more. With this in mind, please make it a priority to take care of yourselves, as 2021 will not be the solution to all of 2020’s problems! 

I am not trying to be pessimistic and say that 2021 will be just as bad as 2020. Tristen Shinen (11) said, “I think that 2021 is part 2 of 2020; however, the new year has simply started off with similar traits to 2020. As I look to the future, I am hopeful that with the COVID vaccine underway, things will eventually return to normal soon.” I hope that 2021 will be better even if it is only a small difference. I hope that this year is the year where things will get fixed. Take care of yourself and stay safe mustangs!