Covid-19 / Varsity Response

Discussion in 'Allstar Cheerleading' started by Jenniferg482, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. CheerItFullOut

    CheerItFullOut I'm an announcer on CBS for Worlds (or should be)

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    So, I’m going to vent... apologizing in advance-
    I’m so tired-
    I’m tired of talking about masks and social distancing
    I’m tired of politics
    I’m tired of just everything- I feel like we have been at war for a year. I’m an adult-so, These poor kids, the PTSD they are going to have when they grow up, I can’t imagine.
    I read an article today that here in CA our Gov doesn’t have a “Green Tier” because he doesn’t believe there IS a going back to normal... how insane is that? This isn’t life, I’m sorry- this can’t be forever
    I imagine this is where a lot of anxious feelings come from, the feelings and thoughts that there is NO light at the end of the tunnel. The constant thought of “never ending” changing restrictions...
    Nobody knows what will be deemed “SAFE”... there’s no threshold that’s been really established by anyone and when one has been stated it’s been re-established...(everywhere)
    I’m quite concerned. If we aren’t worried about deaths, we are worried about cases, if we aren’t worried about cases we are worried about the mere possibility of cases and if we aren’t worried about the possibility of cases we are worried about the vaccine and if we aren’t worried about the vaccine we are worried about not having the vaccine and if not the vaccine then what therapeutics we do or do not have ...
     
  2. dat.jpp

    dat.jpp Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    I have a feeling this is going to be our new lives for a while... sadly
     
  3. cac4life

    cac4life I make my own voiceovers

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    OK, I feel you so much. and I def agree. this is not life. this is jail. And I'm so done with it too. We can't say this is a new normal because this shouldn't be normal. It cant be normal. The fact that I, a teenager have been called horrible things for my beliefs, and that I was stressed about who our prez was gonna b is not normal. Its not ok
     
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  4. CheerItFullOut

    CheerItFullOut I'm an announcer on CBS for Worlds (or should be)

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    I’m sorry you feel this way-and nobody should be calling you horrible things for your beliefs...the world is a very confusing place right now for you, I’m sure... but might I say-although it may seem chaotic right now, it’s filled with many amazing people... actually TONS- I know it’s odd for me to say after venting but ...Stay hopeful, stay joyful.
    If anything- BALANCE yourself ... ask yourself is this a discomfort or is this suffering? (It will put it all into perspective for you very quickly)
    Do I feel like we are “LIVING” right now - no... more like “going through the motions “or “protocols”
    I just really feel there needs to be some VERY CLEAR guidance as to what the end of this or our approach to the end of this looks like.
    I can’t express enough to you that trying to mitigate the virus shouldn’t be the exception ...but also shouldn’t be the rule (if that makes sense) ... I guess- we need to come to terms with what are we as a society are going to accept as acceptable and how are we are going to adapt for the future because we don’t seem to be agreeing on much of anything on taking any paths any other countries seem to be taking...
     
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  5. TealArmySparkle

    TealArmySparkle When all else fails.... I shimmy

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    I’m so sorry you are going through this right now. I’m undergoing initial teacher training at the minute and the struggles I’ve seen some children have to go through with wearing masks is heart breaking and I totally sympathise with how you are feeling. Schools and workplaces are also a horrible environment right now and it definitely isn’t helping. However one thing may suggest as it’s something that has been working in the U.K. is having a lanyard or badge that you can wear to say you are exempt from wearing a mask for medical reasons. Although it doesn’t totally eradicate how awful some people can be about the mask stuff most people here seem to understand what they are for. Is there anything like that in your state/local area you could look into? If not getting a direct note from your doctor could also help. But wishing you all the best in the mean time as it is definitely a trying time right now.
     
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  6. catlady

    catlady Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    It's nice to hear the UK at least acknowledges both sides of science when it comes to health.

    @CheerItFullOut my 86 year old mother went from living independently to hallucinating and having memory issues in 2 months of isolation in a retirement facility. We have been thrown fear and guilt about killing parents/grandparents when AARP is sending out statements about isolation impacting our elderly mentally and physically and the death toll is rising from fear, lack of mobility and feelings of abandonment in these facilities. C-19 has been politicized and preached that we have to listen to science, however, it seems the science that includes mental health with isolation, depression, anxiety, etc. has conveniently been swept under the rug.

    Heaven forbid, someone mention returning to jobs and school, the two things that keep the masses getting up, getting dressed, motivated, paying their bills and their brains functioning...well, that's just selfish. Church, sports, music, theater, the things that bring people joy and unite people of different walks of life have been shut down and traded in for social media wars that only serve to divide the masses. I won't speak for every elderly person, but my mother would have voted to live her last days visiting with family and friends versus being sentenced to staying in her room, with her meals delivered to her door, and a TV for her only signs of life. To want recognition for both physical and mental health when it comes to science and these decisions is not too much to ask.
     
  7. UCFKnights07

    UCFKnights07 Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    this ^ i get a lot of people are wanting to protect their loving grandparents and claim people who dont mask wear or whatever are selfish a-holes. But my grandmother who is 90 something years old, has hated this covid isolation crap since the beginning. While im sure there is a large portion of the elderly who agree with hunkering down, there are a lot like my g-ma who are like "im 90, ive lived 90 years on this earth if a virus takes me out so be it, but i aint going to lock myself in a room and possibly spend my last few years of life in misery, just to appease the fears of others."
     
  8. CheerItFullOut

    CheerItFullOut I'm an announcer on CBS for Worlds (or should be)

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    Hearing all of this breaks my heart...
     
  9. 123jump4!

    123jump4! Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    I think that wearing masks give us freedom. Sure, I don’t love wearing a mask but it’s ok. It makes me be able to go shopping etc and still feel safe. The kids wear them all day at school. It’s mandatory. There have been very few cases of transmission in school when people have been “exposed” to someone who tested positive. CP had to quarantine twice but she didn’t get it, I wasn’t even concerned because I knew they all wore masks.

    We got to go to a cheer competition almost as normal and all we had to do was wear a mask while watching our kids. That’s an ok deal?!

    Outdoors is safer so we were able to have an almost normal soccer season with no masks, just distancing at water break etc. I’m playing tennis with other ladies with no mask.

    Personally I don’t think life is too bad and it seems a vaccine will come soon. So hang in there and find a comfortable mask to wear around others indoors, if you are able to. :) It won’t be forever.
     
  10. Keep_Believing

    Keep_Believing Moderator

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    My Mom is in a nursing home. While she is okay wearing a mask, she hates the isolation. Depression has hit her hard. She has said she'd rather have quality than a large quantity of life in isolation. For now, she isn't allowed to leave the nursing home. Prior to COVID restrictions, I picked her up and we went out to eat and Church weekly.
     
  11. CheerItFullOut

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    Honestly - that sounds like Heaven but what state are you in? Here in CA... totally different story... and in some counties we have been pretty heavily restricted since March. We would be happy to have at the very least sports for kids... because there is a marked difference in our youth not having school OR any kind of organized social activity.
    We (for the most part) don’t have problems wearing masks here- it’s the “stay home and watch the decay around you” that is troubling. We had a homeless issue in Feb... but I, after emerging after slightly opening up in May -going to our local park ... it was just A complete takeover. You can also now drive past the majority of once bustling shopping centers and see boarded up and vacant buildings with “going out of business” or “available” signage.

    I don’t think the masks “give” us freedom however I don’t think they are such an infringement.

    I AM super tired of everyone calling each other “selfish”
    When in reality anyone who REQUIRES or EXPECTS another to make a CHOICE based on THEIR personal preference of how THEY choose to live or die can be considered “selfish”...
    People are acting like the AIR they breathe as a result of making a choice to go to a store, go out and eat or not to wear a face covering is directly responsible for the death of another individual 100% of the time... and that just isn’t so. Is there an indirect possibility that by someone making the choice to do those things could cause someone harm or even death? Yes, absolutely... but then, in theory EVERY single person on this planet has been guilty of being “selfish” if they have done ANYTHING at all that hasn’t been deemed “essential”. To put it simply- what one might deem as selfishly “endangering others”... another might argue as selfishly diminishing another’s “quality of life”...

    I.E. when my father was on life support and I wanted to fight to keep him alive and try everything possible to save him- my uncle called me “Selfish” for wanting to fight to keep my dad ALIVE because he FELT my father wouldn’t want to live a life of less than full functioning quality (not exactly /but kind of the opposite argument some are making today with Coronavirus)
    I suppose my view is we are all having different experiences based on where we are located and who is governing us. Many of us are fine with reasonable restrictions but are confused by the behavior of those doing the restricting... and many of us simply worried that their is no universal sense of “reasonable” anymore ...and there’s no respect for the DIFFERENCE in the opinion in view of how we move forward.
     
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  12. 123jump4!

    123jump4! Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Ugh yeah that doesn’t sound fun. I think restrictions need to be reasonable but then again people have different views on that.
     
  13. quietmom

    quietmom Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Life is not all black and white. Mental health is a delicate thing that has to be considered too. I understand your point and what you are saying and do agree. But with complex mental health issues in adults, there are no easy fixes or answers. It is a very delicate and difficult thing to navigate for some. We need to give each other a bit of grace and understanding right now. We are all doing the best we can. As long as there is an effort, that is going to have to be enough. What works for you and your family, may not work for others. Even if we cannot grasp it, giving others a bit of grace, empathy, and kindness never has been a bad thing.
    My heart breaks for you. If there is anything I can ever do to help or be supportive, please message me. I am glad you are here. This won't last forever. You are doing a great job.
     
  14. Jenniferg482

    Jenniferg482 Last Pass... on International Open 1

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    Our state just shutdown (starting Sat a.m.) all indoor youth sports practices and competitions until mid- January. We were supposed to attend our 1st competition on Saturday. We are so upset for these kids- they have been working so so hard and following all the ever changing protocols- we really wanted them to compete live just once.
    Our gym has been doing such a great job through the season keeping everyone safe; Quarantining athletes when possibly exposed, constant sanitizing and we have had no cases since we opened in June.
    This whole scenario is so hard for these kids. They can’t go to school full time, can’t hang with friends, can’t participate in the activities they love. Depression rates increase in the winter- I can’t imagine how hard this winter is going to be- being cooped up with nothing to look forward to...
    Sorry for the ramble- just so sad.
     
  15. oncecoolcoachnowmom

    oncecoolcoachnowmom Bestest Newbie '14

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    Random thoughts re: virtual events:

    If you've competed virtually:

    How are you getting it filmed? Are your kids getting it in one take? Multiple takes?

    Curious as to how this works because:

    If you can do it over and over and submit your best takes, isn't everyone (in theory) hitting ZERO?

    Doesn't that make scoring and Worlds/Summit bid stuff a bit skewed?

    Ex: If every single team in Large Senior submits a perfect video and everyone in say, Large Coed is perfect on video no deductions, and there is one paid bid - how does this work?

    (Unless I am missing something and your paids from last year roll over and this is a complete non-issue?)