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Spring Semester 2021
Is Hybrid In-Person Learning Safe?
By Axel Moncada
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and as vaccines continue to be administered, there is now a question regarding schools and hybrid in-person learning for students in New Mexico. The question that rises is if it is safe for students and teachers to return to school as a hybrid in-person learning method is implemented. There are arguments for both sides, as people state that it is safe for students and teachers to go back to a limited in-person learning if masks are worn, and social distancing guidelines are followed. Others state that it is not safe to go back until more vaccines can be administered to educators, staff, and possibly students as well. In a coverage by KOAT the fourth of this month in Albuquerque, there was a protest by both educators, as well as students and their parents regarding the opening of schools. Many educators believe it is still not safe for them or the students to return to school and believe that there should be more vaccinations administered to not only the educators and staff, but the students as well. One educator stated, "I don't want to see just teachers vaccinated, because then you just got all these students who can spread it." Students however, state that being at home for the prolonged period has caused their mental health to deteriorate and they feel it is necessary to go back to school. I feel that we should be able to return to in-person learning following social distancing guidelines because online learning has become only turning in assignments before a due date without the importance given to learning the material. In addition, being at home for the prolonged periods of time and only having to turn in assignments has caused many students to “burn-out,” which is not only negative for students, but for the educators as well, due to the low attendance or a great number of students not turning in assignments. Therefore, I believe that students should return to in-person hybrid learning, but it should be optional if they feel safe doing so in order for it to be successful.
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Journalism students attended the Journalism Under Fire conference hosted by The Santa Fe Council on International Relations. Journalists from around the world hosted sessions ranging from missing journalists to information on newsrooms and our current crisis regarding climate and "fake news". Below is a link to the various sessions and reflections from Broadcaster students.
Fact Checking our Disinformation
By Angel Jara
The guest speakers of this conference where Cindy Otis, Yvonne Rolzhausen, and Julie Posetti. At the beginning of the conference the speakers talked on how, today, we live in a “disinfademic”. Meaning that because of the current pandemic a lot of false information has been released and the election has been overflowed with disinformation. Cindy Otis talked about the challenges of trying to find a reliable article/resource. She said that there are sheer amounts of information, a lot of it being bias or false where this information is released in the middle of a pandemic where emotions are high and where information is constantly changing. For example, the public health department is constantly putting information out on the pandemic, but that information constantly changes. She also said that because information is constantly changing people no longer trust the publisher so they go to someone, like a favorite youtuber, and listen to what they have to say even though they are not experienced in this field. Cindy also touched up on the topic that photos and videos are taken out of context, tampered with, or photoshopped that go viral and people believe what is happening in the picture or video. Yvonne Rolzhausen talked about how because Donald Trump has manufactured facts and has lied constantly that it is hard to believe anything he says, and she said you have to be careful trusting the source. She also talked about the perspective of the journalist is and what the purpose of a journalist is. She said that we must be fair and look at both sides when trying to get to the heart of matter. She also touched up on how she felt that the purpose of journalism has changed gravely because we are no longer trying to inform or help the reader understand a top but we are trying to persuade hem to a side or trying to get them to believe false information. Julie Posetti also touched up on this topic saying how these days journalists get attacked for drawing conclusions and calling someone out based on evidence. Julie paraphrased Jay Rosann and said, “Journalist and journalism need to be aggressively pro-truth and pro-democracy”. She said she found this interesting and it helps focus on the purpose of journalism.
Conference on Misinformation
By Axel Moncada
On this conference, held Wednesday November 11th, the guest speakers were Yvonne Rolzhausen, head researcher at The Atlantic and former CIA intel officer Cindy Otis. The general topic discussed in this conference was misinformation. Otis and Rolzhausen went into more specifics on ways misinformation is spread today, why it is a critical concern, how the spread of misinformation has become widespread, and what not only journalists, but news consumers and the audience can do in order to combat the spread of misinformation, false narratives, and misleading information. Cindy Otis talked about a current “infodemic,” which is the current period where there is the biggest spread of global disinformation. The reasons Cindy Otis presented to account for this infodemic was the great amount of information that is circulating every minute and how difficult it can be to sort through accurate information. In addition, rapid changing information on a topic may lead to the spread of misinformation, such as with Coronavirus and how rapid the information has changed due to the rapidly evolving knowledge on the virus. Furthermore, in this period of a global pandemic, information can be tainted with emotion, which can lead to more opinion-based information. The reason emphasized by Otis that accounts for the spread of misinformation is when the people begin to lose trust in the news and media outlets and begin to look for information elsewhere, such as YouTube or social media apps, which are sources that are unreliable and the information may not be factual in most cases. Domestically, the disinformation is generated through the manipulation of videos, when pictures are taken out of context, or when there are claims presented without factual evidence. The most important points mentioned for me were that it is important to not be manipulated by information, as mentioned by Yvonne Rolzhausen. In addition, she also mentioned how not only journalists, but the audience should demand better content from news
corporations that may spread biased information or opinion-based information, which I also found to be a very important point. Also, as Cindy Otis mentioned, the most important aspect for news corporations and journalists is to be transparent and give transparency a higher importance, as this is how the people will regain trust in these news corporations and outlets, therefore, less people will feel a need to migrate to unreliable news sources. This higher importance given to transparency is what I found most important in the topic discussed as it is the foundation of beginning to address the issue of disinformation and the spread of it. Finally, it was discussed how we as a society can begin to further address this issue, which can be done by learning how to fact-check information, for educators to teach children from a young age to fact-check information and how to look at and process different information, and address systemic racism and gender-based harassment as individuals and a society in order to stop the spread of disinformation that is the product of violence in the United States
What in the World is a Journalist?
By: Danielle Rodriguez
The conference discussed the basic of what it means to be a journalist which is quite exciting as a high school student and being able to have this opportunity to attend a journalism conference is life changing. The points Katina Paron (journalism educator) made were excellent they really made me realize what it means to be a journalist and how to make a career out of journalism. I love how she mentions that journalism is the idea of how we practice of verification which is something I agree with because without journalism we wouldn’t have factual news. As journalist we are meant to be the fact checkers “everything we write should be true” as Katina said which is something every journalist should live by especially now with so much fake news. I really enjoyed this conference and I hope in the future we can attend in person; it would be a great opportunity to be able to learn from some of the greatest minds in journalism. Being able to have a conference that gives high schoolers insight on how to improve on being writers was something that I truly enjoyed and the discussions Katina Paron and Tina Susman lead was incredible and truly something I’ll never forget. Tina Susman (TIMES Magazine) also had amazing points about being an editor and feature stories. The way she submerses us into the way reporters come up with stories and how we go and report it, but it isn’t an easy job especially in
the times we are in now because of so many people distrust the media these days so having insight on how reporting actually works and how much of an impact it makes is truly amazing. I never knew how reporting and editing worked I thought it was all fun and games because of how the film industry and pop culture portrays it but it’s truly fascinating on how in depth Tina Susman goes which is something I never thought I would learn about in high school. The was she talks about reporting and traveling the world doing what she does is inspiring and that’s coming from an aspiring journalist I admire the women that hosted the “What in the world is a journalist?” discussion Both Katrina Paron and Tina brought up some very good discussions and I will take what I learned during this conference and apply it to my writing in the Broadcaster.
Bob Woodward from the Washington Post
By Joaquin Kriegel
If you have ever heard about Watergate, you may know the journalist who was responsible for the investigation of the Watergate scandal that led to the resigning of President Nixon. The Journalism Under Fire Conference ended with a conversation with Bob Woodward from the Washington Post and Dana Priest.
Bob Woodward was the special guest at the closing ceremony of the conference. His conversation covered the pandemic and President Trump and other topics. He talked about how leaders have denied the seriousness of the pandemic and how that has affected scientists and experts. He also said that many times Donald Trump has undermined journalism and have made the jobs of journalists difficult to do. His advice to journalists is to show up. Do not always depend on the internet for information, conduct actual interviews with people. He also said that people tell lies during the day but the truth at night. That is the best time to contact people for information. Overall, he has a lot of experience for journalists.
Journalism Under Fire:2020
By Kaitlyn Warczinski
The conference I attended was missing not forgotten, Sandy Campbell introduces one of the guest speakers Patrick Talamantes. Patrick then talks about the McClatchy is an organization of 30 local Newspapers and websites across the country. It covered stories overseas of a system of journalists in Troland that did award winning work at that time. Sandy then welcomes two more guest speakers Marc and Debra Tice. Patrick explains background journalist Austin Tice a freelancer who worked with McClatchy the Washington post, CBS news. Austin was detained while he was reporting from Syria in 2012. Austin is a former marine captain having served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Debra talks about why Austin wanted to make this trip to Syria, he was following the Arab spring very closely, he went to Egypt to loo at Tahir square. He left in May to go too Syria, he only wanted to be a photojournalist to avert war in Syria with his photos. Marc talks about the journalist Austin came in contact with before he got captured, they’d converge on a city or there would be a town where there was a make shift news center/press center, they would rest before they went back out into reporting. Those journalists remarked on what collegiality there was between the journalist, freelance of full-time for a media outlet. When Austin first went missing people put in a lot of effort including McClatchy organization to find him, Debra says if anyone has any information about Austin to report it to the white house website and report it to president Donald Trump.
Campbell then introduces more guest speakers Ignacio Delgado Culebras who is with the committee to protect journalists, Clarissa Ward a senior reporter for CNN, and David Rhode a two-time Pulitzer award winner. Ignacio is from middle eastern North Africa, he covers among other countries: Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. He launched a campaign #MissingNotForgotten on August 30th an international day for missing journalist. They currently have 64 journalists missing around the world, 138 journalist who have been killed as of today. Clarissa explains when you are in a tough dangerous place, you look out for each other, you have each other’s backs that is how you survive in Syria. The freelancer point was the most important crucial point because she had to pitch it to CBS news, go through endless rounds of security consultations to get a story like this cleared for her to go too Syria, she had to have a security consultant go with her, she had to go through hostile environment training courses, proper body armor, an Arabic speaker, satellite phones, and most importantly Kidnap random insurance. That insurance protects individuals and cooperation’s operating in high risk areas around the world. David talks about how he was kidnapped for seven months and its nothing like eight years like Austin. He went to an interview thinking it was safe and he regrets that decision, but he had a big news organization behind him and escaped with a brave Afghan journalist. In those seven months his family struggled a lot and he could not imagine what Austin’s family is going through right now.
On January 6, 2021 Pro Trump supporters raided the nation's Capitol in hopes of overturning the 2020 Presidential election.
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storming of U.S. Capitol
Aaron Mostofsky, center, was wearing a vest emblazoned with the word “police” as pro-Trump extremists breached the Capitol in Washington last week.Credit...Erin Schaff/The New York Times
Student Opinions and Reactions to the Storming of the Capitol and Other Current Events
By Axel Moncada
What are your reactions to the storming of the Capitol by supporters of President Trump? What questions do you have? My reactions to the storming of the Capitol by supporters of President Trump are disappointment yet not surprise. I felt disappointment that there is civil unrest taken to that extent yet I did not feel surprised because there had been disagreements over the election and election fraud claims that have been taking place since it was determined that Joe Biden had won the election. The question I do have is what the supporters of President Trump that decided to storm the Capitol think they will accomplish by actions that may be more damaging to others and through violent acts.
When does a protest become a riot?
A protest becomes a riot when there is violent actions or actions that are against the law. In addition, protests become riots when the protestors begin to harm others or cause damage instead of expressing their thoughts and opinions without harmful actions to property or other people.
At what point does the 1st amendment not protect freedom of speech? Explain. The point where the first amendment does not protect freedom of speech is when the people instead of expressing their opinions and thoughts in a peaceful manner, begin to affect third parties in violent ways and causing physical and property damage.
Where do we go from here? Can we heal our nation? I believe that in order to heal our nation we all must understand each point of view and respect that point of view and opinions of others. In addition to this, we must all understand that we do not need violence in order to express a point of view or opinion. This however, needs to be an effort by a majority and work to heal as a nation in order for those attempts to be successful.
Is Voting a Privilege or a Right?
By Illiana Martinez
Democracy can be a hard subject for some people. If you are eight teen years of age you have earned the right to vote regardless of your religious beliefs, no matter the way you identify yourself or what your ethnicity/ race is. I truly feel that voting is both a privilege and a right. However, you are given the right to vote if you are a citizen of the United States of American. The only way to practice your right to vote if to get out there and exercise it.
Here is where I see voting to be a privilege. Being a citizen of the United States of America, you are given the path to full voting rights. You hold the power to step up an exercise that right when elections come around. If you do not step into the polling booths you have taken your privilege away from yourself. You are the only one standing in the way of this privilege. Every election is determined by the people who show up, if you do not show up you lost your privilege and your right.
Nationwide COVID-19 Restrictions in Effect Once Again in November
By Axel Moncada
As COVID-19 cases begin to spike again, more states around the nation have begun imposing strict restrictions once again. As of November 17, 2020, the United States has reached 11.5 million cases and 253,000 deaths according to Worldometer.info/coronavirus/. These growing numbers have made the state of California reverse from its recent reopening and once again reinstate restrictive measures. According to the NYTimes article “California Issues Tough Restrictions and Iowa Mandates Masks as States Try to Tame Virus” cities like Chicago and Philadelphia have announced the reinstatement of strict rules, such as banning indoor gatherings and restricting indoor dining at restaurants. In this article, it is also stated that hospitalizations have doubled in the last two weeks, which has led governor Kim Reynolds to announce that it is now a requirement for masks to be worn indoors in places where it is not possible to socially distance. In addition, Governor Reynolds also mandated that bars and restaurants close by 10 p.m. In the state of New Mexico, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has placed a shelter in place order that was made effective Monday, November 16th, and will be effective throughout November 30th. According to the New Mexico Department of Health in the article “N.M. hits ‘reset,’ re-enacting most heightened level of statewide public health restrictions,” Grisham mandated that New Mexicans should limit their trips to only those essential, such as for provisions or medical reasons. Essential businesses are to limit the staffing and limit the number of customers in the stores. Food and drink establishments will still be able to provide delivery, curbside pickup, and drive-thru services, however, dine-in is prohibited. With these restrictions now in place, many people are also fearful that they will once again face the possibility of being laid off their employments. Also stated in the NYTimes article, Mr. Biden stated that he had
called to Congress to pass an economic stimulus in order to help those that do struggle to cope with employment throughout these next months of winter.
Karyme Gomez Sanchez
What are your reactions to the storming of the Capitol by supporters of President Trump?
What questions do you have?
Like many other Americans, my reaction started off with disbelief that these big groups of supporters for Trump gathered in front of the Capitol, demonstrating violence from the very start, and weren’t immediately disbanded by police or the National Guard. Seeing the videos of policemen walking the protesters who had gotten past the steps, hand in hand, led to many questions. BLM protestors were tear-gassed, violently dispersed, and attacked by armed policemen, even when most of the protests were peaceful. These people were protesting the unjustified deaths of African American men and women and the lack of action done to bring to justice the policemen who committed these actions. Opposing sides of the BLM were quick to generalize the entire movement with the very few acts of violence that some protestors started. But, these same people are saying that what happened at the Capitol was not a representation of Trump supporters or the President himself, even though it is fairly obvious that President Trump riled up his supporters with the possible purpose of disrupting the quick process that would once in for all end his baseless attempts at staying in office. The biggest question I have is, why were these domestic terrorists not treated with the same iron fist of the police force that the peaceful BLM protestors faced.
What emotions did you experience as you heard about the news? If you saw images or videos, how did they make you feel? What connections, if any, did you make to other events, whether in history or more recently? (If you did not see the news yesterday, refer to the link above or other news sources.)
The news usually bring about bad emotions, especially with the news of COVID-19 and all the natural disasters that have been wrecking Central American countries. The occurrences of this past day brought about emotions ranging from anger, disbelief, annoyance, and worry. Images of these people gathering to “protest” a result that they didn’t like, with no evidence of any illegal doings by any voting area or state, created such anger in not only myself but my family as well. When we found out that President Trump did not order for the National Guard to push back these groups, my mother, sister and I were in disbelief and shock. It showed the blatant disregard that Trump has towards true democracy when it does not favor him. Images of the playfulness that these people demonstrated while committing serious crimes, all while facing no true consequences, show the very spitting image of white privilege. It brings about great deals of sadness knowing that many people were seriously injured fighting for true causes like BLM and these domestic terrorists got silly selfies in the desks of governmental officials.
The 2020 election season has been a stress test for American democracy. Do you think it is holding up? Can a democracy withstand widespread distrust in the election system, even from elected officials within it? Can it withstand a violent uprising?
I think democracy will continue to stand, but this election has demonstrated that there are people who aren’t patriots or true supporters of American democracy, but rather blind followers of a man who speaks the gibberish that they enjoy. The distrust spoken by Trump supporters show that their idea of democracy is not the voices of all Americans being heard and taken into account, but annoyance once the results do not favor the official they like. If their distrust was genuine, then they would have allowed this process to continue smoothly and let the vote counts speak for themselves. But, their blind following tendencies ignore the facts that show no voter fraud was done. Democracy will withstand this and future violent uprisings, the public and other officials showed the anger that shields the democratic process when it’s under attack. The general public did not like that these mobs were committing violent uprisings with no true purpose other than bringing about chaos to a process that would have put their beloved man out of office in the very near future.
What do you think these events foreshadow about the coming months, or even years?
I think this event foreshadows the possibility that Trump supporters will continue to show their infuriation until Donald Trump himself understands he lost and speaks it out to the masses. He is their leader, and until he speaks and discourages their violent actions, his supporters will continue shouting their chants and their attempts to dismantle whatever it is that they don’t agree with. He has spoken to them about this attack to the Capitol and told them to go home, but only after Biden publicly called him out for starting this chaos. It will take a sincere and unprompted message from Trump to stop his supporters from attacking American democracy once again.
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The DHS PE Department is keeping students active, healthy, helping them to relieve stress, and take care of their bodies through at home workouts. The workouts are creative and different every time. They are being taught workouts that require no equipment. They have been taught about working out within their target heart rate zone. Students are providing workout videos, workout results, and using fitness apps to track and document their workouts as well. Students are being educated about their health, body, muscular system, among other aspects related to physical fitness. We are conducting live zoom classes, available for one on one live instruction, as well as, via email support.
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We do have two SkillsUSA State Officers from DHS. Alissa Chavez and Arlette Rubio were elected. (both juniors) We also managed to get an equipment donation from Dr. McReynolds this summer. Blood pressure cups and a few stethoscopes. Both of our officers have been engaged in extensive training courses for months now. We are about to conduct a CTLP Fall Rally (Virtual) with members of seven different Career Tech School Organizations participating.
BIGGEST NEWS STORIES OF 2020
By Axel Moncada
As the temperatures began to increase and the weather became arid, fires in California have been on the rise. As the dry conditions continue, fires begin to burn out of control. These fires keep being dueled by these arid weather conditions, which causes the dry land and vegetation across the state. In addition, the fires are fueled by the windy conditions in the area, Wind gusts and the record-high temperatures are the fuels for these fires. When these fires begin, they seem manageable and non-threatening, however, they quickly spread and become raging wildfires due to the conditions mentioned. As of September 26, 2020, Cal Fire reports that 3, 627, 010 acres have been burned in the state of California. In addition, 7, 517 structures have either been damaged or destroyed. There have also been 26 fatalities reported. It is not only the intensity of these wildfires that has been alarming, but also the great number of them. Cal Fire reports that there have been 7,982 separate wildfire incidents reported. Around social media, there has been several images shared of the red-orange skies in California that seem to be out of a movie but are a reality. Many people have been evacuated from their residencies and many of these residents are facing problems such as water shortage in affected communities, saturated medical centers, and loss of property.
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Life During COVID-19 Pandemic
By Axel Moncada
During the COVID-19 outbreak when quarantine was in its early stages, it was easy to feel frustrated not being able to go out as usual or do many of the daily activities that were part of our lifestyles. Going to the gym, the movies, out to eat, and even the grocery store became something limited or prohibited completely. With so many limitations and as the frustration of having to be homebound, proper time management and being productive simply was not something we were concerned with.
Being productive throughout the day is important and there are many ways this can be done. For some people, a planner may work better in order to visualize what must get done at a certain time. For others, it may be setting alarms throughout the day in order to remember that something needs to get done. Now that places are opening back up again, it is still important to take time to care for yourself in whatever way you like. In order to be able to do this effectively, time management is key. Some of the ways to improve time management are: to start your tasks early, set limits for what you’ll do, prioritize your tasks, schedule your tasks, organize your workplace, identify and use patterns of productivity you have, and most importantly, make time for yourself. With this, you will be able to get more done and tasks that need to be done will become less overwhelming.
By Abraham Chavez
Exercising is something a lot of people love, yet others don't. You can say it's fun, or that it's boring, it's what you personally think about it. I love exercising, one of the things I do most is play football, my love for football is on a different level, I've been playing it since I was young and I deeply enjoy playing it as well, the thing is though that they took the goals from us because of covid 19. I can't play with friends anymore or anything, I thought quarantine was going to be boring, and I couldn’t play soccer anymore, but I was wrong.
I found out that working out independently is actually better than working out with buddies. You focus more, concentrate more on what you’re doing, work on self-improving and not worried about someone else. Another thing I started doing was working on being stronger, so I started doing muscular workouts, like weights, pushups, etc. Weights can be very fun as well especially independently, there are no distractions, nothing or no one to worry about, just self-improving and enjoying yourself and your time. Exercising is a really fun experience, especially during quarantine, you get really bored so why not go out and exercise. I would recommend doing or working on something you like. For me personally, for cardio workouts I go play football and try to improve as much as I can in it. I try different techniques in kicking the ball, passing the ball, different strategies on how to defeat a defender and the goalkeeper as well. You see, everything I do is individually, I learnt that exercising by yourself helps you in so many different ways, not just are you helping your body be in a better form and helping yourself put, but it helps relieve stress, forget about everything, and improve as a person, I see exercising as one of the healthiest things to do, and it is!
During this time of the pandemic and everything that is going on, exercising is a major recommendation of mine, you’re killing multiple birds with one stone, you improve as a person, both mentally and physically, and it helps your body be stronger and healthier, making you get a less chance of getting sick or if you are sick, your body is stronger to fight it off, exercising is the answer to a lot of things, you feel stressed? Just exercise. You want to improve on a sport you play? Just go exercise. You want to be better as a person or improve on something? Just exercise! Exercising really helps you with a lot of things. I used to be chubby and could barely do a 30 second plank. Now after multiple months of exercising like weights and running, I feel amazing, I feel stronger, faster, and I look better physically as well. I can now hold up to a 4:30 minute plank, and in my book that is really amazing! When exercising there is no limit, there is no destination, you can only get better and better. Work on being your best, work on improving, why not be at your best form? Everyone can achieve their goals; you just need to not stop working for it.
This is why I think exercising is amazing and a really good recommendation for this quarantine. It allows you to free your mind, improve your way of being, becoming stronger, faster, or just improve as a person, to be healthier, exercising is amazing, especially independently, it allows you to focus more and enjoy it more as well, exercising is really healthy, you improve as a person physically and mentally as well.
Staying Social While Social Distancing
By Illiana Martinez
During this pandemic many things have been put into perspective for our community. Special events were no longer an option to attend; sporting events, travel and school were also cancelled. We were no longer able to spend time with friends or family outside of our home and many found themselves struggling to stay home. Although we are not able to physically spend time with friends and family who live outside of the home, there are a few ways we can still remain in contact while also social distancing.
These ideas include video chat/FaceTime, live video steaming that allows people to watch movies while in their own home, and exercising while wearing a mask and following social distance protocols. By using these three ideas, many can stay connected to their friends and family while protecting themselves during the pandemic. Using video chat/FaceTime allows people to communicate with one another while being able to see each other without physically leaving their home. Doing so, allows people to remain connected without the possibility of exposing themselves to the covid 19 virus.
Another thing affected by this virus was the ability to attend entertainment settings. Many students in our community would use the local movie theater to spend time together and stay connected with their friends. Due to the pandemic this is no longer an option as the theater remains closed. The used live video streaming apps creates the opportunity for friends to imitate the movie theater experience while remaining in their homes. By utilizing these apps, friends can watch movies together in their comfort of their own home. Although this is not the same, safety of others remains a priority and these apps allows us to remain connected with our close friends.
Finally, one thing I have realized since this pandemic began is the importance exercise can have. Before the pandemic began I believe many took things for granted, such as the gym and star parks. For a period of time, many could not attend gyms as it was a possible exposure of the virus. Many had to find an outlet that would allow them to remain active through this pandemic. I personally saw many people spending more time outside of their homes with their family. Some activities I saw were bike riding, daily walks, and running. The important thing to take from this is people were spending more time outside with their families, of course while social distancing.
While this pandemic has cause concern and stress it has also been a blessing in disguise. I feel many took the little things in life for granted, such as time. This pandemic gave everyone the opportunity to take advantage of “time” and appreciate the things we take for granted; quality time with our family.
Fast-Food Restaurants Adapting to COVID-19 Pandemic
Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have had to adapt standards and procedures in order to address health and safety concerns for not only customers, but for employees as well. Restaurants have incorporated several ways of contactless service. Drive-thru sales at fast food restaurants have increased exponentially as dining-in has not been an option. In order to adapt to the growing number of slaves via drive-thru while maintaining the safety of customers and employees, fast food restaurants such as Taco Bell and Burger King have begun using separate plastic bins in order to collect currency from customers and hand out ordered items. These bins then must be sanitized after every use. This has been part of the implemented procedures in order to make the drive-thru service contactless. In addition to this implementation of contactless service, there have been other safety measures taken in order to reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus. One of these safety measures has been to take the temperatures of employees before they are allowed access to their usual workstations. In addition, fast food restaurants have started to increase the advertising of their mobile apps in order to allow for customers to order and pay in advanced and simply pick up their order at the location or even have it delivered if the option is available. These measures have been established across the nation and the FDA has provided checklists for areas that require a higher level of attention in order to keep employees and customers safe. The list includes procedures to maintain such as, “Are high touch self-service containers and items requiring frequent hand contact removed from use, or appropriately washed, cleaned and sanitized, and changed after each customer/party is served (e.g. seating covers, table cloths, linen napkins, throw rugs, condiments such as ketchup bottles and salt/pepper shakers, and reusable menus)?, Are necessary sanitizers and disinfectants that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 available and used per label instructions to clean and disinfect the facility during hours of operation?” By following these guidelines and by implementing various new procedures for health and safety concerns, fast food restaurants have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic standards and safety requirements.