Letter to the Editor: Take the pledge to stay home

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Our lives are being shifted by and at the mercy of a global pandemic, which is not the ending to my semester at UConn that I could have ever anticipated. It is, however, our reality, and it is from the recommendation of the CDC and the Governor of Connecticut that we pledge to stay home to reduce the transmission of Covid-19. As reported by NBC Connecticut as of April 2, Connecticut has 3,824 confirmed cases and 112 deaths, including a pediatric victim. Governor Lamont urged that “social distancing and taking all of those precautions can make a difference,” and we must take ownership of our part to flatten the curve.

I pledge to stay home because I have loved ones practicing medicine who risk their safety each day to soothe an overwhelmed healthcare system. I pledge to stay home because I have at-risk grandparents dependent on our compliance to social distancing. I pledge to stay home for the people with compromised immune systems, essential workers who cannot stay home, and individuals without a home.

I ask you to reflect on your reasons and join me in taking the Student PIRGs’ pledge at studentpirgs.org/pledge.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Tripp
Class of 2023
Physiology & Neurobiology
UConnPIRG

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