Mask up, hunker down: we’re almost there

2020-21 Editorial Board (clockwise from upper left, Editors-in-Chief Agustin Aliaga ’21, Matthew Schwartz ’21, Tyler Zimmer ’21 and Managing Editors Jeffrey Yang ’22, Ryan Rodack ’22, and Mitav Nayak ’22

300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.This is the pace President Biden says we’re on track to produce by July. Given that each person requires two doses, nearly half of the population will be vaccinated by mid-summer. We’re currently in phase 1A but are nearing 1B. As we scrolled through the titles listed, one glaringly stuck out: education workers. 

It could be weeks, it could be months, but before graduation, Haverford’s teachers will have the opportunity to receive the vaccine. A pandemic, intrinsically, feels large and insurmountable. Seeing that our very own will soon be immune makes the end feel within reach.  

But our work is far from over. We, as students, must guarantee we keep our faculty safe as we make the transition from 1A to 1B. We cannot take our feet off the gas. While we may not be nearing the COVID finish line, we are incredibly close to ensuring the safety of our own, and this must remain our top priority.

How can we do this? Quite frankly, it’s easy. There are two types of social interactions in the COVID era of education: supervised and unsupervised. Undeniably, when in a classroom setting, we keep our masks above the nose and sit in our tape-measured, spaced-out desks. This may seem obvious, but COVID exists outside of the classroom. We can spread it in the parking lot, in the hallways, and yes, even in the locker room.  

Fill out your Magnus Health App honestly, learn virtually if you feel symptoms, and for protocols on campus, you know the deal.

As we said regarding the grade-wide senior skip day detention, the bar is so low. Don’t make your teacher remind you to follow protocols, as that very teacher is a calendar page flip or two away from immunity. Don’t approach another student with your mask looking like Bill Belichik—mouth and nose as exposed as the Patriots offense without Tom Brady—as you don’t know if that student has a high-risk family member. And most importantly, encourage your peers. 

“I am my brother’s keeper” extends well beyond student to student interactions. This mantra includes both student to teacher and student to student’s family. In the name of everyone associated with our Haverford community, fill out your Magnus Health App honestly, learn virtually if you feel symptoms, and for protocols on campus, you know the deal.