By Davyon Johnson
There are certain words to describe situations involving pandemics, one of them being the red, orange, and green zones. Green being an area with no effect from a virus, up to red being an area with the most number of confirmed cases. So the orange zone may bring up a lot of questions, being the orange zone entails that there are confirmed cases, so it isn’t a green zone but also not being as severe as a red zone, the precautions are as expected to be vague, unclear, and debatable.
So what exactly does an orange zone mean? Well if a green zone by definition is generally an area with no confirmed cases, and a red zone is an area soaring with cases and still have confirmed cases arising, then an orange zone is somewhere in between the two zones, meaning it definitely has cases but also is not extremely overwhelmed by it. Take the orange zone almost as a yellow light when driving, yes you can go through a yellow light but you should slow down. Taking that same example we can use that in terms of an orange zone in a pandemic, no the area isn’t highly affected with cases but it can be if the right precautions are not put into place.
So now that we have an idea of what an orange zone means, It is important that we see the simple precautions people take that live in orange zones to make sure that zone doesn't turn into a red zone. I’ve interviewed a college student in grad school who said, “My goal is to stay inside as much as possible. And whenever I do need to leave, I make sure to leave with a mask on. It would be ideal to have gloves. If I want food from a restaurant or something I only order now pretty much. And yeah that’s mostly all the changes I’ve made. I just don’t go to any social events and stuff but I’m the type to keep to myself mostly anyway.”
So from the perspective of your everyday people it really seems to be about the small things that we once saw as normal, going to restaurants, not wearing a mask, being around strangers at a park or a grocery store are all things we should be cautious of in an orange zone. As far as a government standpoint there's not really a way to know exactly what needs to be done in an orange zone, but just enforcing more of the basic rules. As well as limiting some social events and maybe even jobs sometime. I think it’s very clear here that there isn’t a right answer, or go to plan with an orange zone. But simply a sign that things can get worse if the precautions like wearing a mask, and staying six feet away are not highly followed. We could be in serious trouble.