A Look at COVID-19 Through the Lens of a Scientist

     This year has been, without a doubt, one for the books. This generation has been exposed to the reality of a global pandemic. All over the world, scientists and medical professionals have been sharing their knowledge, prompting people to use their expertise in a variety of ways.

     Fenwick has taken the advice of these scientists and worked hard to ensure the safety of everyone at Fenwick. But what advice have scientists given?

     Mr. McKinley, a Fenwick science teacher and department chair, offered some helpful input about the science of COVID-19. Mr. McKinley stated, “The science department is well aware of the facts surrounding SARS-CoV-2: this is an extremely transmittable virus. Even with mask wearing and months of quarantine, nearly 200,000 people in the United States have died in half a year. Beyond the acute symptoms, there appear to be long lasting effects. The long term effects, even among healthy young people, are not known.

     “It is very important that we restrict the transmission of this virus as much as possible, for everyone’s health. If people are going to get together, mask wearing along with social distancing are essential. Masks prevent the spread of micro-droplets of saliva and mucus during breathing and speaking. Without a mask, these mists can travel over two meters. Combining mask-wearing with social distancing of 1.5 – 2 meters, there is a greatly reduced risk of contracting the virus.”

     Everyone should know that wearing a mask and social distancing are patriotic duties and a core value of Fenwick. We thank our amazing maintenance crew, for whom we are so grateful, and our staff and student body working together to keep themselves and the people around them safe.

     Mr. McKinley shared his enthusiasm for the Fenwick community :“Every Friar should be proud to be part of trying to keep Fenwick open until the end of the school year. Mask-up when you Friar-up. Social distance. Wash your hands. Stay away from large gatherings. It’s a tough and uncomfortable duty. But we’re Friars. We’re up for the challenge. We can do this.”