Day 679 since COVID-19 pandemic was known. I generally smirked when I heard folks say, “I’ll be glad when this is over” in May 2020. I knew immediately that the virus [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)] that causes the #COVID19 disease was a permanent fixture of the human experience.
It wasn’t gonna simply “go away”, therefore there’ll never be a “when it’s over”.
That being said, my thoughts turn toward learning to live in a world with another, new disease.
In the beginning of the global pandemic, the human race had a common enemy, per se. A new disease that was didn’t discriminate.
With no data about it, we as a race had no resources or plans to activate. We literally had to make it up as we go. The Chinese led the way in flattening the curve by locking down their cities with imposed quarantine.
They didn’t know how the virus and subsequent disease was being transmitted, but they knew if infected persons were mingling with healthy persons it would spread. Since it was considered highly contagious … this move made sense to most.
And the rest of the world followed suit.
Epidemiologists knew they would be expected to solve the issues of transmission, vaccination creations, and idea on how to mitigate the collateral damage.
Again, we were still united in the one thought process: fight and/or stop COVID-19.
In the months that followed … all but the essential businesses, and the workers that are attached to them were shut down for quarantine. Restaurants, bar, nightclubs and so many more to lists forced to shut their doors. Some were permanently, others were lucky.
2020 was categorically a SHITSHOW to end all shitshows. I’m not one to complain; online or in-person, but that was an all but forgettable year in human history. If you were sick in any shape or form it was the ‘rona.
ONE FULL YEAR LATER … in December 2020 the FDA was rolling out the first vaccine to combat COVID-19.
This was in addition to the masking of everyone, social distancing (6 feet or 2 meters), and limiting capacity. The majority of 2021 was all of this while keeping the other methods in play.
Now that 3 vaccinations methods are available to the human race, you had / have a choice: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or none.
There are humans out there that are allergic to the vaccination shot, there are humans that elect not to have the shot, and of course, there are those that can receive the shot without repercussions and readily wanted it.
In typical American fashion, there is a debate over the validity of the vaccine medicine. Does it truly work? We know the vaccination shot is no better and no worse at “curing” the disease than the others we’ve used in the past, such as the flu shot.
For the record, I’m fully vaccinated because I can be. I also realized that I can’t get sick with any disease or cough from allergies. I’ll be suspected of having the COVID-19 diseases.
Regardless of my vaccination status, I’ll be judged on my opinion about it. There are those folks that a staunch of their decision to seek out the vaccination shot. By the way, it’s a hell-no for them.
There’s always a segment within the anti-vaxxer crowd that a combative about their choice. And the reciprocal is true, there are those that strongly believe in the vaccination therefore everyone should be mandated.
Each crowd shouts to the crowd: YOU MAKE ME SICK. [metaphorically and literally]
I should reiterate that the COVID-19 disease doesn’t discriminate between old or young, healthy or sickly, or by race. It’s the terminator of the invisible sort. In fact, there are those that hold the opinion the COVID-19 disease is a government hoax.
I don’t agree with that, but I also don’t shit on them for holding that thought.
What makes me sick is our inability to maintain that global compassion, the united resources to fight a common foe, and take care of one another. It’s in our nature to destroy one another.
My hope is that if I’m sick in the future (beyond this post) it could be anything from allergies to the common cold, the flu or COVID-19. Perhaps we can gravitate away from the negativity that has infected our thought processes today.
Mic drop. ‘los