Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Interview With a Student Who Tested Positive for Covid-19

By: Danielle Tierney/Junior Writer

This is an interview with Isabelle Edwards, a Junior at Blue Ridge, about her experience with Covid-19. The questions are in bold and her answers are paraphrased beneath.

When did you test positive?

September third.

How long did you quarantine for?

Around 17 days.

Did you think you were ready to go back to school after the quarantine was over?

I think so. I felt pretty good. It only lasted a couple days and by that time I wasn’t sick. 

Why did you go get tested? Was there someone you were exposed to?

I was exposed on August 27th at church by a person who was not wearing a mask. 

Did you practice social distancing and wearing a mask before you tested positive?

Yes, I was wearing a mask when I caught it.

Do you think that you caught it very easily?

I don’t know. I had to stand next to her so I came in close contact. 

Did you experience any symptoms when you tested positive?

Yes.

How were the symptoms compared with a regular cold?

It felt like something sitting on my chest, like a cat. I had trouble breathing, but I never had a fever or cough. I also experienced loss of taste and smell.

Are you worried about contacting it again?

Not really because of the antibodies I developed. It doesn’t mean I still won’t social distance and wear a mask.

Is there a reason you chose hybrid learning over going back the full days?

I don’t think that going back four days is safe for everyone. I do take online college courses though, and going hybrid helps me be able to focus on that more. 

What would it take for you to go back the full amount of days?

I might switch once my courses are over for this semester. The bussing situation is a concern for me and I would like that to be safer, though. 

What is your advice for students going back the full amount of days?

You need to wear a mask and social distance. Even though you want to see your friends, you can’t hug them and come in close contact. I never thought I would get it, but it’s real and you need to follow the rules to stay safe.

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Danielle Tierney
Danielle Tierney grew up in Hallstead, Pennsylvania. She is a full-time student, with many hobbies on the side. Some of those hobbies include playing guitar, playing piano, playing ukulele, listening to music, lyrical ballet, riding bikes, and swimming. She would love to talk to you about the band The Strokes at any time of the day. Because she didn't have games on her old Windows XP desktop as a young kid, she wrote stories on Microsoft Word for fun.

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