The Potential for a Pandemic Turning Point


Maeve Lawler, Co-Editor-In-Chief

This week, doctors and nurses across the country received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, marking a pivotal moment in the global battle against the pandemic. 

It is a true testament to the power of scientific technology and leadership that a vaccine was able to be developed in under a year, a record-breaking time for vaccine development. 

As we embark on the seemingly hopeful journey that lies ahead, it’s important not to exude a nonchalant attitude toward mask-wearing and social distancing. In fact, now is the time to listen to the health experts across the country more than ever before and take their words of wisdom seriously. 

According to the New York Times, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, advises citizens to keep their guard high. In regards to vaccine development, he remarked, “As wonderful as this is, because it’s been an extraordinary manifestation of the fruits of science done in a very rapid way, it’s also bittersweet.” 

With over 3,000 deaths across the country during the week of December 6-12, experts predict that the worst of the virus is yet to come. 

In Massachusetts, 5,952 new cases and 70 deaths were reported on December 16th, with case numbers and hospitalizations predicted to increase.    

According to, the two groups with the highest average positive tests are ages 0-19 and 20-29. This is likely on account of these groups participating in un-masked gatherings or activities in enclosed spaces.

Although these statistics may seem mundane and redundant, they speak volumes about the urgency of the pandemic and they indicate to the public how they should be acting to ensure their own safety and the safety of others around them. 

There are two keys to success that each global citizen can and should take part in: wearing a mask and social distancing. Wear your mask in public spaces, avoid indoor gatherings, and keep a physical distance between yourself and others. Social distancing may seem like a challenging and isolating task, but it doesn’t have to be this way. It is more so an act of physical distancing. Your social and mental health does not have to be sacrificed. Find creative and safe ways to spend time with loved ones, and don’t be afraid to dress in layers and get outside.  

Each individual plays a role in the fight against the pandemic. Your mask and your attitude toward social distancing are your most powerful armor. Use this armor to protect yourself, protect your loved ones, and protect the lives of strangers. You have the strength to make an impact that benefits the community of Scituate and greater humanity. 

The power of covid vaccinations, coupled with each individual’s consistent dedication to stopping the spread of the virus, gives way to the potential for a real turning point in the pandemic’s lifespan. Do your part in improving our future.