If you took a walk through a high school or college, the first thing you would see wouldn’t be students interacting or speaking with one another. Instead, you would see most students hunched over a screen as they walk to class. But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t interacting with each other. Unbeknownst to you, those students are in fact chatting with one another and liking or commenting on each other’s posts. Sure, they may not see each other’s face in this type of interaction, but their opinions are heard just as much, if not more.
The question of how a vaccination would work to combat the current COVID-19 pandemic is a major concern right now. Everybody has their own perspective on the situation, and in some people’s minds, vaccines do not fit into the equation. Therefore, it’s extremely important to understand what a vaccine’s purpose is, how it is supposed to achieve that purpose, how a vaccine is developed, and its benefits versus side effects before coming to a final conclusion on the subject as it relates to the pandemic. To understand a vaccination’s purpose it is necessary to first understand how a pathogen works. A pathogen is essentially any foreign material (foreign in the sense that it is not a part of the human body), that can cause disease or a malfunction of the body. They spread from surface to surface and person to person.
It is widely known that the elderly and the immunocompromised are at the highest risk of being severely impacted by COVID-19, a virus that targets the lungs and respiratory system. The younger demographic, including teenagers, are not generally considered as being threatened by this disease. Even if teenagers do contract the virus, it is assumed that they will only experience mild symptoms and will recover quickly. However, vaping, an activity especially popular among teenagers, may increase their vulnerability to COVID-19. COVID-19 and vaping are similar threats in that not much is known about either of them, but both are recognized as possibly life-threatening. The safest choice to make in this time of uncertainty is to avoid anything that may cause the situation to be more dangerous, and until more information surfaces, that includes vaping.