Quarantine Day 3: Boredom and disappointment in the government
By Mark Heintz
Mar 17, 2020

Day 3 of quarantine.

Day 133 of student voice

I asked my students if they wanted to chronicle their lives as our country entered a state of national emergency. Several students started writing. I will post what they write.

Right now, my world is with my family. I hold my daughter throughout the day and play with my older boys when she is with her mom. I watch a lot of TV and read way too much news on COVID-19. Anyways, I enjoy escaping my bubble and reading the students words. Since I don’t have much interaction with them right now, I’m taking what I can get.


Third day and this is so boring. I woke up and watched The Pursuit of Happyness with my mom. News is the same more and more cases are showing up. They’re gonna continue growing and I keep remembering what one doctor said that within a year 70 to 80 percent of the population is gonna be infected.

It’s a couple of hours later and we came out to eat as a family for the last time in a while. Who knows when they’re gonna reopen once again. My dad says the environment outside feels sad and gloomy the same as it did on 9/11. The restaurant that we’re at is a chain that would usually have a couple of families at a time is empty except for us. I’m not sure if this was a good idea or not but yolo right.


I woke up and I already feel so much better compared to the other two days but I still wanted to take it easy because who knows what could happen honestly. Yesterday the Illinois governor JB Pritzker made an announcement that bars and restaurants will close their dine-in service until the end of March. It seems like everyday more and more measures are being taken just to stop the spread of the coronavirus but I feel like we are starting all of these prevention methods a little too late when the virus can practically be found in every state except for West Virginia according to this website as of 3/16/20 at 3:01 PM CST. What doesn’t make this situation better is that I read online somewhere how 1 out of 2 people will get coronavirus by the end of the year. This didn’t have any sourcing backing it up but just the feeling that it could happen and knowing that it could potentially happen and the fact that the coronavirus is very contagious makes it more terrifying. C – 179,165, D – 7,081, R – 78,078.


Day by day more and more stuff is getting canceled. Now fast foods are shutting down and only having drive thru’s. People are being let off their work without pay. My friend’s mom doesn’t have work for two weeks. That’s two weeks of no pay. There is a rumor going on that Trump will quarantine everyone. This means everyone will stay in their homes for the time being. No one can go out. It may be just a rumor but that is a possibility. I feel like the world is copying a movie.

None of this feels real, as I’ve said before. My generation is so desensitized to the point where it hasn’t hit us how bad this really is. Some of us realize it but most don’t.
Being at home with no swim or school or hanging out with friends is so boring. The first week I will probably be watching Netflix till it becomes boring and then I’ll play video games till it becomes boring. After that, I’m not really sure.


Last night was the first time I left my house on Friday. I find that a little crazy since all my friends decide to make plans over the weekend. I made plans to have a sleepover with my friend and it was so nice. I could finally talk to someone in person that wasn’t my family.

I woke up at 10:15 again, but I didn’t get out of bed until 11.


Today restaurants and stores will be closing tonight until further notice.
Pennsylvania is now asking Tom Wolf for shutdown.
Elections are also taking place today.







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