I need some advice because I was supposed to shadow all summer but due to COVID-19 everything was canceled. I recently switched over to optometry (was planning on applying to dental schools, but plans changed due to personal reasons), so I currently have 0 shadowing hours in this field. I am trying to apply for the 2021 cycle, but I don't know if I will be able to shadow any time soon. I've reached out to a few ODs but they are not allowing anyone to shadow at the moment to prevent further spread. I am in Texas, and the numbers are just getting higher and higher. I have a feeling that I may not be able to gain any shadowing experience this year.. I honestly don't know what to do. I'll shadow as much as I can once the virus calms, but optometry schools would want you to spread out the shadowing hours, and not have it all done at last minute, right? Should I reach out to schools and let them know my situation when I submit my application?