COVID Vaccination Updates

Nikitha Srinivasan

President Biden told reporters about 90% of adults in the U.S. will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations by April 19 (April 15 for California) and will be eligible to even get them within five miles from their homes. According to Our World in Data, As of April 11th, there are 70.7 million Americans who are fully vaccinated and a total of 183 million doses have been given out. In other words, 21.5% of the population is vaccinated. In just California, 22.8 million doses have been administered and 21.1% of the population is vaccinated.  Three covid vaccines have been authorized use from the companies Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. As of April 19th, the public (above the age of 16) can go get the vaccine. 

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Athletics During A Pandemic

Anna Halmeaho

This year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, school sports have been postponed. At Leigh, some athletic programs such as Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football and Water Polo, and Tennis are just a few of the sports that have begun. Golf (both girls and boys), Tennis (both), Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, Swim & Dive, Badminton, Boys Volleyball, Wrestling (both), Soccer (both), Basketball, are all starting to receive gear and play games in April and May. Water polo is so far the only sport that’s season has ended and all other sports have started their tryouts during their official day on March 22nd, but several already held workouts since February. Nonetheless, what exactly determines which programs were safe to start? 

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Vaccine Distribution

Natalie Bachman

While vaccine production was a feat in itself, mass distribution is a long anticipated procedure that we have now been faced with. Although vaccines typically take years to produce, the two main distributors, Moderna and Pfizer, produced the vaccine in a few months. With no hard plan, though, the general public may not be able to receive doses until summer or fall of 2021.

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As Cases Rise, Mental Health Suffers

Li Yen Ho

Tackling mental health has already been an uphill battle for decades. Adding on cases of seasonal affective disorder, most prominent in the winter, can make a person feel dark and gloomy, even in what would be considered a normal year. In general, young adults aged 18-25 are most susceptible to mental illness, though specifics depend on a person’s environment, family history, and cannot be blindly generalized. The stress, anxiety, and fear present in the COVID-19 pandemic only add to the brew of mental illnesses. A person can easily slide down the slope of depression or anxiety, protected from physical illness but thrust into an environment of mental ones.

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