Time Capsule Follow Up- 1 Year Later

Written by on April 15, 2021

May 2nd 2020 I wrote an article that could act as a time capsule for the craziness of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to revisit that article and respond to some of the questions, predictions and facts. All the writing in italics is what I wrote last year, and in normal print will be my post year follow up. I also would like to note that I think that this past school year has sucked a whole lot less than last year.

Facts 

Today’s is Saturday May 2nd 2020 with one week of college classes left. We have had online classes since our extended spring break. 

Today is Wednesday April 14th 2021 with four weeks left of (mostly) in person learning for the semester. We are one of the only schools that has been able to maintain in person classes ALL year long. 

Gas prices in Salina- $1.32 

Gas prices TODAY in Salina- $2.79 (Quite the jump up since last year)

In two days the first phase of Gov. Laura Kelly’s reopening plan begins. Gatherings will still be limited to 10 maximum, but restaurants will be open and can serve tables of 10 as long as the tables are 6 feet apart. In two weeks after this casinos, gyms, salons, tattoo and massage studios, pools, libraries, community centers, and bars and clubs will supposedly open.The four phase plan should be over by June 30th IF everything goes well. 

Within the last month the state wide mask mandate has been overturned even though Gov. Laura Kelly does not think that should be the case. It is now up to a county by county basis whether the mandate will stay in place and businesses can require masks upon entering no matter if there is a mandate or not. Saline county, I believe, still has a mask mandate. Everything seems to be open with regulations, not to full capacity, not too big of party size, social distancing required, etc. 

As of today, Kansas alone has had 4,746 become sick with COVID-19 and 131 people have died. 297 people were diagnosed in KS just today. (according to KWCH News) 

 As of today, Kansas alone has had over 307,000 people become sick with COVID-19 and 4,930 people have died. The seven day average for diagnoses is 213 people per day. (according to the New York Times) 

Kansas Wesleyan University released a statement earlier this week saying we will definitely have classes in person in the fall which is promising. KWU was allocated a total amount of $823,462 by the government, with the majority of it being returned to students for emergency aid for Pell-eligible students and emergency support for residential students who are no longer on campus.

Kansas Wesleyan ended up giving students who moved out early in the spring of 2020 money back for housing and food. Many COVID-19 protocols were put into place- we all have Tupperware for the caf if we chose, only 2 can sit at a table in the den or caf, and social distancing, hand sanitizer, and mask wearing is a key part of every classroom. We all stayed on campus the whole year, except for the occasional person in isolation and 2 week quarantine. 

I don’t know exactly how many students still live on campus but on my floor in the freshman dorms there are 5 total girls. The cafeteria is open but only serves food in to-go containers, you cannot sit in there and they only allow 5 students to be in the building at a time- it has been like this for more than a month. The Den has been closed since spring break. I miss the smoothies.

Like I said, everything has remained up and running which has created a pretty good environment here at KWU. Some of the biggest changes are the caf and den which I talked a little about above, but also now there is no limit of how many students can sit in the caf, just how many per table. Also, the Den is no longer a walk-in establishment, now it’s just a walk UP establishment which was an interesting adjustment. At least now I get my smoothies though! 

 

Predictions

SO many businesses will go out of business (we are already seeing the very beginnings of this). There will be at least one more round of stimulus checks and government relief. Life will come to a new normal before school starts in August, and hopefully some of the summer will be able to be enjoyed freely and without too much concern. There will be another COVID-19 scare later in the year but hopefully as a whole we will be more equipped to handle it. We will have in person classes in the fall. No baseball season this year. Concerts and big events will start back up around September. Halloween until the end of the year will feel different but no major changes. There will be SO MANY movies made about this. The Time Person of the Year will be healthcare workers. Life will feel different in ways that are difficult to explain and we will ALWAYS remember this- like we will be telling our grandchildren about this for sure. Trump will be reelected and known in history books as the COVID-19 president instead of all the other things he has done. After this there will be no such thing as a snow or sick day because teachers and businesses know it’s possible for the work to be done at home. Many more businesses are going to move to only online. There will be more mental health resources available after this as well. 

Well all of these predictions can’t be answered but many of them can. Some businesses have definitely shut down and that sucks a ton. Hopefully, places will still be able to regain their footing and have another opportunity down the road. There has been a total of three rounds of stimulus checks and none of them have been specifically for college aged students. All of 2020 was basically spent shut down from the outside world though, no concerts or big events, no big Halloween blast, and as much staying in your own bubble as possible. Travel was still frowned upon and frankly still is until everyone is vaccinated. We are just now seeing even some semblance of normal and it’s a whole year later, not just a few months later. There have been a couple movies in the works about this pandemic, but I don’t think any have been released yet. The interesting thing is that Time’s Person of the Year was actually Joe Biden and Kamala Harris because they won the presidential election over Trump. It was a clear and decisive victory, but I still personally think healthcare workers should have won the Time title. As for the other predictions, only time will truly tell.

 

Questions

Will life ever go back to normal?   

Yes, probably, but it will take everyone getting vaccinated to truly get to more normal. 

Is gas going to spike in price?      

Oh yes, it did. 

Will there be a recession?        

We are kind of in a recession now, a lot of people are unemployed still and having a hard time finding work because of the pandemic. 

What are the economic consequences of this pandemic?  

I can’t fully answer this one yet. I’m sure in the long term the impacts will be more clear. 

How many people are going to die in total? 

So many. An absolutely unnecessary incredible total of people. Right now the death toll in America is more than 563,000. Over 31 million people have had COVID in America. 

When will there be a vaccine?

Yes! 3 actually, and they are ready for rollout and all people can basically get them now. 

Will there be another pandemic in our lives?     

I sure hope not. 

How do we prevent this from happening again?    

Preventative measures, competent administration, and an increase of funding towards healthcare. 

Will minimum wage be increased because of this?         

Not yet, but I think there should be.

What exactly are history books going to write about this time?      

Only time will tell…

Will this affect our generations graduation rates drastically?        

Only time will tell…

Did the class of 2020 ever get a graduation?           

Yes they did in the fall of 2020!

Will people keep hanging out outside after this is over?              

So far, people have been hanging out a lot more outside just because of the lesser chances for getting COVID and increased ventilation opportunities. 

How will this affect everyone with mental illness long term?      

Only time will tell…

Did this change anyone’s career path?        

Personally mine didn’t but I imagine others careers did change-specifically probably many healthcare professionals. 

Do people still shake hands?       

Haha I haven’t shaken a hand in over a year. 


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