We are going on nine months of lockdowns, social distancing, mask wearing and the adjustment of our way of life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s probably something we’ve gotten used to, but it’s become exhausting to think about the threat of the virus in nearly everything we do. Going to the grocery store? Don’t forget your mask. Want to have a raging party? Make sure your friends feel fine in advance and hope that none of them have contracted or are carriers of the virus between the time that you invite them and the time that they arrive at your house. Needless to say, I’m over it.
I talked about what I think the world will look like once the pandemic ends (What Will The World Look Like After the Coronavirus Pandemic?) back in April. This seems like a lifetime ago (even the first three months of the year feel like they’re in another reality) and we didn’t think the number of cases and the threat of this virus could get any worse. Well, unfortunately, it has. The pandemic and virus have taken the thrill out of Christmas. Sure, you can adjust your plans this year, but the thought of your mortality and compromised health still looms over your head and it’s depressing and gloomy to even think about it. The season of hope and wonder is something that’s hard to come by.
Unfortunately, I think that pandemic fatigue may have something to do with the rise in cases that was occurring even prior to Thanksgiving. There are some that are sick and tired of the orders to alter their habits; they just want normalcy. It’s a catch-22, really. We as a people need to do our part in stopping the spread, but I believe that it’s the role of the government to keep us safe from this kind of stuff. This is one of those things that is worst case scenario for a population to face and one of which that the government should have a plan. I’ve said repeatedly the federal government screwed the pooch in their efforts to keep the most developed country in the world from a widespread plague. We now have an intrusion of government in our daily lives with horrible communication, including the potential policing of social gatherings. It seems like a page out of 1984, don’t you think?
Not only has the government felt the need to intrude in our daily lives more than the norm due to the virus, but there is also this nagging politicization of actions to keep ourselves safe and whether this virus exists to begin with. If you don’t think this virus is real, I don’t know what to tell you. If you won’t wear a mask for the sake of yourself and others, I still don’t know what to tell you. Take a large dose of reality…better yet, an IV. I’ve said before that politics should have never entered the discussion with this virus and the general population’s well-being should have been the top priority, but it really has become the elephant in the room. When did public health and science become a political issue? State governors, no matter the political party, don’t really know what they’re doing. It seems like they’re throwing stuff at the walls to figure out what sticks at this point. Yes, some are following guidelines by the CDC, but it’s only getting us so far. It’s this weird conundrum without a pleasing solution of keeping the population safe without interfering in their lives.
Will this virus save us? It seems like the vaccine is being communicated as the only thing that will help to slow the spread and hopefully eradicate it. I’m cautiously optimistic that this will “end the pandemic”. It’s clear that this virus is here to stay and it’s going to be hard to adjust to regular life once this pandemic ends. When can we feel comfortable to have people over our house? Do I need to wear this mask to the store, doctor’s office, etc. anymore? If someone contracts and encounters others once most of the general population is vaccinated, does the same procedure stay in place (i.e. quarantine for 10 days, get tested, etc.)? I would hope for the virus’ eradication just like what the polio vaccine did for the population after it was introduced, but they are two different illnesses.
I’m hoping for a new, coherent perspective from the incoming administration, but again, I’m cautiously optimistic about this too. I’ve said time and time again people are not too keen on listening to authority, especially when they are from a political party of which they don’t belong. We’re not the only ones that are essentially losing the battle with the virus. The Huffington Post reported that other countries, such as Poland and Czech Republic, are seeing a rise in deaths due to the virus (link to the article below). These countries have also experienced pandemic fatigue and politicians that don’t know what they’re doing. This virus has exacerbated many of the inefficiencies in our society, including the struggle with mental health, obesity, and poverty. Will this get worse before it gets better? Are we in the worst of it? No one knows, but everyone just wants to take a long nap and wake up when the pandemic is over.
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