Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Toxic productivity culture: An unachievable goal that prevents students from being proud of their accomplishments.

The growing obsession with toxic productivity endangers students

By Ashley Orozco May 22, 2021

Toxic productivity, an unhealthy and extreme obsession with productivity, has become increasingly prevalent in today’s society. Toxic productivity stems from the culture that praises productivity, but...

After months of waiting, the COVID-19 vaccine has finally been authorized by the FDA and is being distributed across the country. 

71% of Americans say they will definitely or probably get a Covid-19 vaccine and 39% said they would wait and see how initial vaccination goes before getting a vaccine themselves according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. 

The release of the vaccine might placate many for the current moment, but it won’t make everything go back to normal.

Currently, the most advanced vaccines use three different approaches: viral vectors — using a harmless virus which is altered to contain part of COVID-19’s genetic code — RNA, which contains a synthetic version of part of COVID-19’s genetic code and protein subunit, which uses pieces of the COVID-19 virus, according to CDC.

The release of the COVID-19 vaccine is great news as once the majority of the public have taken the vaccine, the spread of COVID-19 will potentially reduce, according to BBC News. It will shorten the time needed for the country to go back to normal. 

However, I am skeptical about the workings of the vaccine and this is part of my concern when trying to decide if I will take the vaccine.  	

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, misunderstanding of herd immunity has started to show up. Herd immunity is achieved when large percentages of a population become immune to a disease. 

Herd immunity against COVID-19 will be achieved by protecting people through vaccination, not by exposing them to the pathogen that causes the disease for developing immunity. 

In terms of COVID-19, the percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity is estimated to be between 70% and 90%, according to David G. Hill, a member of the Lung Associations National Board of Directors.

Although vaccines have helped the world get rid of deadly diseases such as fever and smallpox, the process always takes time and there are no guarantees ensuring the results of the COVID-19 vaccine will be positive. 

At this point, being vaccinated doesnt mean the full development of the immune system and one can still be exposed in crowded areas with no prevention, such as masks. 

The current coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective and has no serious side effects from the first set of complete results of a late-stage vaccine trial, according to Pfizer. This means out of 100 people, there would still be five people where the vaccine doesnt work.

The vaccine should definitely be taken once the distribution has started, but just because the vaccine is here doesnt mean we shouldnt maintain precautionary measures. 

I hope the vaccines will eventually help bring the spreading of COVID-19 under control, but before that, the usage of masks in public areas and social distancing should be continued.

COVID-19 vaccine won’t take us to the past

By Jack Xu March 19, 2021

After months of waiting, the COVID-19 vaccine has finally been authorized by the FDA and is being distributed across the country.  71% of Americans say they will "definitely or probably" get the vaccine...

The decision pro-Trump rioters made to breach the building was a horrifying attack on American democracy.

Political polarization deepens in wake of U.S. Capitol breach

By Macy Li January 21, 2021

Chaos erupted during the certification of the 2020 presidential election, as pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in protest, breaching the building. The political polarization in the country, largely...

The next Supreme Court Justice will hold the power to significantly influence the entire country and make decisions affecting all women, including young girls who are still in school.

The flawed nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

By Macy Li November 4, 2020

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sparked a battle between political parties over President Trump’s rushed nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.  For the millions of women...

Imposters win after turning all crewmates into ghosts.

Among us: the right thing for the right time

By Jack Xu November 2, 2020

During this unique time, due to COVID-19, many people are staying at home with less face-to-face conversations. The world may have started out by playing “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” for amusement,...

The Supreme Court provides police officers with almost limitless immunity from prosecution for their actions taken on the job.

Our flawed legal system: helping police get away with murder

By Macy Li August 19, 2020

Nationwide protests and social media outrage led to the arrest of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Even though this is a step towards...

As seen in the graph above, since reopening, the amount of new COVID-19 cases has increased rapidly.

Reopening economy doing more harm than good

By Amber Birrell July 5, 2020

California, along with many other states, has begun to slowly reopen and ease lockdown restrictions.  While this does sound relieving, there has not been a significant decline in the amount of COVID-19...

The video of Arbery’s shooting bears a striking resemblance to lynching photography, since both were not taken to protest violence, but rather to celebrate it.

Being black should not be a death sentence

By Macy Li May 31, 2020

For years, black citizens in the United States have faced countless racist attacks from white people. Today, this abuse towards black civilians has rapidly gained attention and sparked nationwide outrage....

The toxic reality of hyperpartisanship

The toxic reality of hyperpartisanship

By Dan Penalosa May 26, 2020

President Trump is a known climate change denier, xenophobe and misogynist. And yet, the Republican Party still backs him. In fact, he isn’t anywhere near losing his party’s support; according to...

 A system like quarantine is heavily reliant on the efforts of its participants. As residents of the country with the highest number of COVID-19 infections, Americans have a heavy responsibility to participate in the quarantine. Protests against the quarantine, which have flared up across the U.S. only help to prolong the virus’s stay in the U.S. and put the lives of many at risk.

Quarantine Protests: Ill aimed discontent

By Dexter Tatsukawa May 16, 2020

With over 1 million Americans infected, the U.S. now has the highest number of COVID-19 cases according to NPR. Even so, these numbers have not stopped some from protesting the measures used to keep...

Plant-based meats provide health benefits, increase sustainability

Plant-based meats provide health benefits, increase sustainability

By Shruti Magesh April 4, 2020

The conventional options of a traditional meat or veggie burger are now being overtaken by a new option on the menu: the plant-based meat burger. Both meat eaters and vegetarians alike are flocking...

Women have been raised with the belief that they should have perfectly hairless bodies. Now, things are changing.

The myth of a clean-shaven look

By Anika Karody December 11, 2019

W henever a girl wants to take a stroll in a pair of shorts, she might look down and question: How do my legs look? Are they hairless? When a girl has to attend an event, she may spend time plucking...

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