An Open Letter to Sick Students:

Don’t Infect Everyone Else with Your Germs!

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An Open Letter to Sick Students:

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Photo by Adobe Stock / Trenton Blanchard

Taylor Rohleen

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Your head aches, you cough at least twice per minute, and every single time you answer a question, illness seeps out of your mouth and into the systems of others– I know you’re sick. It’s clearly evident through each of your movements, so why are you pretending you’re in good health?

If you refuse to go home and not be a threat to public safety, have the decency to wear a mask; they’re awfully effective: A 2008 study concluded that when already ill people used these tools correctly, the risk of infecting others was lowered by 80%. If you strapped on a mask, you could easily improve others’ quality of life. I don’t care if it’s unfashionable or looks plain stupid, be a reasonable human being and at least try to take care of yourself. It’s the least you can do! Fermenting at your desk and coughing up a storm is just not cool, so if you’re going to do it, at least protect others from succumbing to your dreadfully ill state. By doing this, you can deploy global habits and learn the ways of other nations: In Taipei, about 1 in every 5 people wear a face mask on any given weekday. They understand how there is no excuse not to practice common courtesy.

In the case that you simply despise masks or our clinic is out of them, go home. I understand how your academic success is imperative, but the assignments, tests, and extracurriculars can wait: Would you rather be frustrated with yourself for being sick, or have your coach be irate with you for infecting the entire team? I think the former. There’s a reason the county excuses sick days accompanied with a doctor’s note! And if you can’t get a note, there are 9 provided absences per semester. With the flu lasting 1-2 weeks on average, you are probably safe from FA’ing.

Please exercise your limited teenage wisdom and make an intelligent decision. If you’re not well, don’t go to school. It’s as simple as that.

 

Sincerely,

An-Annoyed-Victim