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OPINION: We must prepare for the next pandemic now

Doctor holding mask and stethoscope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ashkan Forouzani

Jacob Sawyer, Contributing Writer

October 22, 2020

The US is facing its worst health crisis in more than 100 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted unprecedented economic and social disruption this year, with no end in sight. Eight million Americans have fallen ill with the virus, and 220,000 of them did not make it. This means the US has the highest numbers of any nation. And yet cases are still soaring; in fact, they are on track to hit a third peak. Scientists are warning that this peak may be the largest of them all, especially as winter weather will force huge swaths of the country indoors and several holidays loom.

OPINION: Trick-or-treating is not safe this year

Pumpkin carving - A safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.

Emma Sheeran, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted normal life for many months. The upcoming holidays will need to be adapted to meet our new normal. With Halloween approaching, many families are faced with a hard decision: Do they let their kids participate in traditional Halloween activities such as trick-or-treating? How can parents keep their children safe from the virus during this holiday?

Are movie theaters an endangered species?

Are movie theaters an endangered species?

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer

October 11, 2020

All of the events surrounding the theaters’ circumstances simply affirm the notion of an uncertain future for theatrical exhibition—especially at a time when theatrical exhibition had already been in trouble prior to the pandemic.

OPINION: The move to single-occupancy rooms gives students more space but stirs uncertainty

Pelican and Sandpiper Hall. Photo by Zachary Kilby.

Hannah Horowitz and Hannah McDonnell

September 24, 2020

This transition is intended to give students some extra space but it has also caused some uneasiness throughout the on-campus community. Below are arguments in favor and against UNCW’s decision from The Seahawk’s contributing writers, Hannah McDonnell and Hannah Horowitz. 

OPINION: Were the extended lockdowns really worth it?

People ride the subway on the first day after reopening following the coronavirus lockdown, on June 8, 2020, in New York. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/TNS)

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer

September 15, 2020

All of this evidence calls into question whether the lockdowns in the U.S. were really that effective. The jury is still out on this matter, and much remains unknown at this time. However, the argument for more lenient interventions has become much stronger over the past few months. Some of the lives saved by mass shutdowns will just end up being postponed deaths, and consequently America will continue to lose progress and inch back to square one.

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