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Letter: No, partying is not worth the risk of spreading COVID-19

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Caleb Stepaniak holds a nasal swab as he and other health professionals work at the University of Utah’s Wellness Bus conducting COVID-19 testing at West Valley City’s Centennial Park on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Dorms, apartments and college campuses have begun to shut down and shift to online, and the fall semester has just barely started. The main cause has been a large number of COVID-19 outbreaks, many of which have resulted from lack of respect, disregarding of regulations and irresponsible partying.

The disregard for the safety measures put in place because of the worldwide pandemic should not be happening with college students. Many students have complained about the lesser education that is provided online, so what do they do? They do everything in their power to ensure that their university will have a massive outbreak in COVID-19 cases and shift to remote learning.

As a current college student, I am irritated and upset. To my fellow college students, teachers, friends and family: Be responsible. There isn’t a vaccine right now, so what else are we supposed to do? The coronavirus is not a hoax. This has to be taken seriously — not next week, not next month, now.

Just in the last week, Brigham Young University has seen at least 128 cases, many of which have resulted from dorm rooms and parties.

Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this. Wear masks. Listen to the rules and guidelines set by the universities and state officials. Social distance. Be safe. Be smart. We should ask ourselves, is it worth it to spread this contagious disease to an unknown number of people just so we could have one night of fun?

Abby Fales