The Pandemic

 I took to the streets recently to get different viewpoints on the Coronavirus or the new pandemic, and here is what regular folks like you and me had to say.

 First I spoke to Mr Andres Restrepo. He told me “I don’t know all the facts.  I just follow what the experts are going about and what they’re saying. It’s something that we need to take seriously with our lives,  the things we do, how we handle everything like touching things, going out and then worrying about the people you live with…Maria and Rigoberto Restrepo, my parents, and you (meaning me Dorrette Young). We have to take care of each other in order to survive this.  We’re looking at the power to shut down whole governments…and all that, and that’s  when you know it’s something serious.  Here in the United States, and the world,  we’re practicing self-quarantine.  We don’t have to go out.  Those things have been set in place to stop the spread, of the virus.”

Isaac Gilium I, a 23 year old African American said “I’m not sure. I don’t have any thoughts on it.  I think it’s a man-made virus created by a higher society. “

I asked him about how it is affecting his family. He said “it’s not.  I have a family of four.  I’m not worried about it. I stay healthy and protected.”

I asked Mr Matthew Johnson.  “Really, I just stay out of the way to be honest.  It came out of nowhere.” I asked him what he meant by ‘stay out of the way’. Social distancing? “Yeah, just trying to be safe. I have a family of six; three sisters and two brothers.  We’re trying to do the same thing.”

Then I ran into a friend.  Haroldine Sandra Lesne.  She said “I think there’s a lot of scary stuff out there and you should were masks and gloves, keep yourself protected because it’s a real epidemic.”

My take on it?  Social distancing, wearing masks and being aware.


  • Written by Dorrette G. Young 


Written by Dorrette G. Young
Jamaican. Born December 15, 1961. Worked for a bank in Jamaica. Was promoted to Secretary to the general manager for the entire banking system. Left for a PR firm, also in Jamaica. Wrote articles for our clients, interviewed local celebrities like Jimmy Cliff, traveled the island covering events with a professional photographer and I sang with the Jamaica Folk Singers, touring the island and Costa Rica. Moved to the USA in 1988 to pursue a career in entertainment. Worked as an LVN in the meantime. I can be contacted at Profile


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