Oregon Student Essays 2023 - Saffron Estrada

The E​ffects of COVID-19

Written by Saffron Estrada

Teacher: Aaron Franklin, 5th Grade
Awbrey Park Elementary School

Drawing of a cartoon style earth planet with legs, arms and giving a thumbs up. The planet wears a mask.
​​​​​​​COVID-19 has been a part of our daily basis for about 2 and a half years. It has affected our daily lives and has caused strong emotions to a lot of people. 

I would like to tell you about my experience with the pandemic of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 has affected me and my family in many ways and still is. I remember a normal day of third grade. It was a Friday and we were living a normal happy mask-free life. 

That weekend there was a lot of news about Covid possibly entering our state. Well it was true, the next week of school was cancelled due to staff members catching COVID. 

We had to proceed with school online. It was confusing and hard to learn so far apart from our friends and teachers. I finished the year and so I became a fourth grader after the summer. 

In fourth grade we still had to learn online. It became "The new normal". During that year I was on the computer more than 7 hours a day. 

That summer I ended up needing glasses. Apparently the online school and being on the computer all day made me nearsighted. 

Covid-19 affected me and other people so much. Such as wearing a mask, or online school, and even social distancing. Covid has taught me to ‘’Be careful’’. You never know who has a sickness or not. I’m sure the COVID-19 pandemic will be a big part of our history. 

It will also frighten some people about who’s got it and who doesn’t. No matter what the witnesses will always have a memory of how covid affected the world.

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