Texas irresponsibly reopens amidst the global pandemic

The governor of Texas lifts mandates and regulations regarding COVID-19 precautions despite case numbers

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Cc Palumbo, Features Editor

This past week, Governor Abbott allowed a full reopening of his state, including eliminating mandatory mask rules and letting businesses reopen completely. Although cases are falling, there is still a lot of room left for error with a decision like this.

On March 2, Abbott tweeted about his huge announcement.

“I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%. EVERYTHING,” Abbott said. “I also ended the statewide mask mandate.”

Along with this, Abbott brags about the number of people receiving the vaccine and reports of a decline in cases. Vaccines have slowly been rolled out to the public, effectively giving hope that numbers will continue to decrease. However, it does not promise 100% immunization and therefore, should not provide a complete go-ahead to start returning to regular life.

Texas reopening is running a huge risk of contributing to the spread of this virus. As a result, it is a huge step in the wrong direction for the whole country.

The state is currently nursing over 2 million cases, and the threat of raising that number will only get worse without mandatory precautionary rules set in place.

Although Virginia is not as hopeful as Texas is, Fairfax County Public Schools recently reopened schools for in-person learning for high school students. Despite the pandemic, people are desperately trying to latch onto normalcy, which is understandable. However, there is always a price to pay when making these decisions and in both cases it doesn’t seem to be worth the outcome.

In situations like these, people need to understand that it is better to play it safe than be sorry.

Once the vaccine is completely administered to the public, then herd immunity may follow. Until then, people’s lives are still in peril, and gambling with such a huge risk may cause a major fallout, sending the country’s progress back by a lot.

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