Rushing to Disaster

Rush to Disaster

COVID is NOT going away. We continue refusing to learn this lesson after more than a year. As a nation, we are governed by greed and ignorance more than science and common sense. The rush to “return to business as usual” is still killing us.

I am still terrified of COVID. I spent the last four months of 2020 in the hospital dealing with COPD. I can not risk having COVID. I was intubated while in the hospital, and let me tell you; it is an awful feeling. But, as bad as it was, the nurses and doctors all told me that I was so fortunate not to be in their COVID ward, where many people were dying.

2021 has been a year of slow recovery. Hal has made me see I take care of myself, and we always wear our masks when we have to go out. We always carry wipes for our hands and wipe things like shopping carts before we handle them. We got our series of vaccines in March, but we haven’t let our guard down.

The all-too-familiar stories of people letting their guard down, or localities pushing to ease restrictions on large gatherings only to see a rise in COVID cases, is depressing. The lesson remains unlearned. I don’t need to go to a restaurant. I don’t need to go to a movie theater. I don’t need to go to a nightclub or a concert. None of these things are worth the risk.

I have no idea when I will stop wearing a mask. I’m at peace wearing a mark because it protects me and those around me. Nothing is 100% certain, but it’s foolish to ignore the threat.

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