We are almost a full year into quarantine, and people are still not taking everything seriously. There are people that don’t wear masks, wear them improperly, gather in large groups, and do everything else we shouldn’t be doing.

I’m not saying things would be back to normal if everyone had done these things. It might have, but it would at least be better sooner.

The masks aren’t even that big of a problem; they’re just annoying to make them part of daily life. I get annoyed having to remember to put on my mask whenever I leave, but there is no harm in doing it.

The ridiculous claims people make for refusing to wear masks are some of the worst excuses I’ve ever heard.

“It’s a way of government control.”

If the government really wanted to control people, there are plenty of other ways they could—and do—control us. Just take our government issued social security card for example.

“It increases the amount of CO2 you breath.”

Unless your mask is a plastic bag or you have a condition that makes it difficult to breath, you should be fine if your mask is made from a normal material. If you have preexisting conditions, you shouldn’t be outside anyway.

Worst excuse of all: “COVID is hoax,” or, “it has a 90 percent survival rate.”

Really, that’s the excuse? People just decided to create a pandemic for the fun of it? What would be the point of forcing a fake pandemic? Literally no one is enjoying this.

Does the value of a human life mean so little, that even one life lost doesn’t make it real? If so, how many people have to die before it becomes real—five people, 10 people, hundreds, or thousands—or is about who dies?

What if it was your parents, someone in your family, your favorite celebrity, or a world leader? It shouldn’t matter how many or who dies from COVID.

Before—and I can’t stress this enough—even one person has died, had major complications, or even gotten infected, people should’ve taken it seriously.

I know some people are going to be ignorant and not understand the severity of diseases or care to know. Any kind of disease is very difficult to control for two main reasons.

First, as I said before, people don’t know the severity before it affects them. Second, it’s just the nature of diseases. They are very difficult to control because of how infectious they are.

I’m not an expert, but I’ve had to do projects with the exponential growth of diseases. It’s not that difficult to understand. For a simple explanation, say one person infects another person each day. Then those two infect two more and so on and so forth.

If each infected individual infects one person per day, then in one week there are roughly 128 infected people. In a month, there is about 1.07 billion people infected.

That is purely numbers and there are factors that can’t be taken accounted for, such as the guarantee of one infected person and one non-infected person meeting every day for a month.

This isn’t supposed to scare people. It’s supposed to educate them so they can take it seriously. It shouldn’t take someone being infected, or someone dying to get people to take it seriously.

Diseases affect people differently, sometimes more severe and others less. People who have an easier time combating diseases need to stop undermining the severity of COVID.

Take cancer for an example; no one says cancer isn’t a problem. Yet some people have a rough time with it, and others can have a more neutral experience, but it’s not talked down upon at all.

This and any other disease—no matter how deadly it is—shouldn’t be taken lightly. That being said, getting a cold isn’t the end of the world. The cold has been around for awhile and our bodies have adapted to handle it.

COVID is very new and our bodies can’t always resist it. We must remain resilient and value human life.