Keeping each other safe as COVID-19 still persists

Iman Alrashid, Copy Editor

When the COVID-19 lockdowns began in early 2020, most people took it seriously and worked together to protect lives. People worldwide have confronted changes due to the pandemic. Some have discovered bright spots in their lives, a new path for their lives and maybe a new career. 

COVID-19 may have changed how people respond to stress or accept situations beyond their control.  With all the difficulties and obstacles that faced the whole world during the pandemic, there were many ways for people to live their lives as close to normal life as possible. It took all of us to collaborate to stop the spread of COVID-19 and survive it. 

As the school year starts, Dr. Jack Daniels III, the president of Madison College, shared an email with employees spelling out the college’s COVID-19 policies for the fall semester. The plan focuses on working together to keep everyone safe. 

Wearing a face covering indoors at Madison College facilities continues to be optional for employees, students and visitors. Respecting others’ decisions is an important part of working together to keep everyone safe. 

While there are no specific physical distancing guidelines, personal space is generally important because it helps people feel safe and comfortable. The college will continue to provide spacious seating arrangements when possible, and Daniels reminded people to be “mindful and respectful of others’ personal space and preferences.” 

Using no-contact greetings, like elbow bumps instead of handshaking, will slow the spread of disease by stopping chains of transmission of COVID-19 and preventing new ones from appearing. 

Students and staff are reminded to stay home and get tested when you feel sick or are experiencing any symptoms.  

The college’s COVID screener is your resource for all COVID-related questions and concerns. Employees and students are encouraged to contact the college’s COVID screener at 608-243-4880 or [email protected]. 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, COVID-19 is easily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets and aerosol particles released by people with COVID-19 during coughing, sneezing, singing, talking and even breathing. 

The good news is that with vaccination levels getting higher, the risk of severe COVID-19 disease, hospitalization and death has been greatly reduced. Still, continued precautions can help protect our communities and prevent COVID-19 from exhausting our healthcare systems.