In the face of hurricanes and economic turmoil, Louisiana prepares to face a third wave of coronavirus along with the rest of the country.
While understanding as to why businesses would be affected, students in the work force, such as server Phillip Leblanc, have grown frustrated as their hours and pay checks are cut.
"You know, I see so many people not wearing masks, or try to come into the store without a mask. You know, unless people start taking the phases seriously while we're in them, we're just going to be stuck in this cycle of just keep trying to reopen and it's just not going to work out," Leblanc said.
In analyzing how a third wave would affect college towns such as Baton Rouge, Bill Scott, a professional in the field of economics, has some worries for the future.
"One thing that you have to remember is that the government cannot replicate the US economy. So they'll have short term fixes, and a lot of people think 'Hey, that's great' but what they're not considering is the implications of long term inflationary impacts these types of things cause," Scott said.
While students may leave Baton Rouge when the semester ends, some of their hometowns are in just as bad if not worse condition, with McNeese Vice President Sarah Stafford saying that she knows people that are now having to live in tents.
"I'm student body president of McNesse so I know kind of the inside information and stuff like that. McNesse is not even the same, and probably won't be the same in three years just because of recovery. Same thing goes for Lake Charles, the city itself and all the surrounding town around it," Stafford said.
With students still in school and families still trying to rebuild their lives after this years' hurricanes, Louisiana residents prepare for the worst as a third wave of coronavirus becomes more of a threat by the day.
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