Omicron Takes a Toll at MHS


Patricia Fragoso

We all know the Covid-19 virus, the Covid-19 that started this pandemic right? Well, Covid-19 originally started around December 12, 201. A cluster of patients in Wuhan, Hubei Providence, China begin to experience shortness of breath and fever. Which is a matter of time led to this spreading pandemic all over the world, including the United States of America, and our little town Manville. When Covid-19 hit Manville we were drastically affected sooner than expected, just in a few months, schools shut down and went virtual for almost two years, but now to everyone helping throughout this pandemic we’ve been able to go back to school. However, we still have to wear masks and be cautious and clean our tables after class ends. When we came back in 2020-2021 we felt relieved almost as if Covid-19 had finally ended, but that wasn’t the case. The media and President Biden then came out to tell us we had a new variant, it was known as the delta variant. Now with that in mind, we realized maybe this variant is not going to be over soon; we realized this when then again another variant came out not too long it’s called the omicron variant. This new variant was first detected in specimens collected on November 11, 2021, in Botswana and on November 14, 2021, in South Africa; just around the time before Christmas break everyone in the Manville school district started getting sick from students, staff, and including our families. As Ms.Kindzierski (school nurse) stated, “ That this affected the kids mainly, for symptoms, and mental well being.” The symptoms for this virus varied in many results such as for kids they would get really tired, headache, chills, and fever, as Ms. Kindzierski communicated. 

Ms. Kindzeirski said, “The highest I saw was around 102 (fever).”  Along with runny nose conjugation, and a cough. Meanwhile, some kids had one to no symptoms, which only varied by about 3%. We would all like to thank our school nurse, Mrs. Kidzeirski for helping the students and families with everything. She’s been tracing, to contact the families, the nurse needed to talk to the parents to tell them what to do, and then on top of that had to fill out some paperwork, to send to the state official about the cases, etc. Even with that in mind, so far Manville High School and the town itself are pushing through, and everyone is beating this, together.