My head hurts. My heart wants to cry. There’s so much in my head that it takes all my self discipline that I can summon not to spew it all out at once like word vomit.
“When This Virus Is Over … “
This phrase concerns me because the person(s) that say it don’t realize that COVID-19 is here permanently. I am generally an upbeat, happy-go-lucky, optimistic guy, but at my core I am a realist.
This disease isn’t going away.
That’s right, Spaceship Earth. It’s here to stay. The longer we study COVID-19, the better understanding we will have about it.
To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared only 2 diseases officially eradicated: smallpox caused by variola virus (VARV) and rinderpest caused by the rinderpest virus (RPV) Mar 6, 2020
That was concerted effort of vaccines, and a healthy population for decades. This SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19 will not be squashed any time soon. Especially considering the lackluster acceptance of the several vaccines that are dispensed in two stages, combined with a rebellious American culture regarding mask wearing.
Most complaints that I hear at my place of employment where masking is mandatory prior to entering is 1) I can’t breathe – therefore they pull the mask down from the bridge of their noses rendering this effort useless 2) ache, skin blemishes from continuous mask wearing which is now #maskne
My message isn’t one of defeat, or negativity. It’s actually a message of hope, and positivity! We’ve studied this virus-to-disease long enough to develop a vaccine. That’s fantastic.
And we’ve narrowed down the main form of transmission: infected droplets of bodily fluids (sweat, mucus, etc)
So if we all keep digging in our own way, we’ll be able to find a harmonious way to live with COVID-19. Humans seem to be the best at adaptation to changing conditions, and environments with use of our knowledge and experience.
Even the apex predators of the planet have a difficult time recovering from changes in their ecosystems.
I realize the global pandemic will continue to impact 2021, I get it. However, my hope is with more experience, knowledge, and study we can continue to cope, and more appropriately adapt to a new style of life on Spaceship Earth.
I wish us all luck.