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It’s been a while since I checked in here regarding the pandemic. I mean, what is there to say? Nobody wants to talk about Covid anymore, but we also cannot NOT talk about Covid, because — news flash — we’re still in a pandemic (even if some people don’t want to hear that).
I know, wouldn’t it be much easier to pretend that things are back to normal? That we did this Covid-thing long enough, and that we have held out long enough and should now be able to resume our pre-pandemic life with full force?
Believe me. I am ready for it. But we’re not there yet.
Germany is experiencing its 4th Covid wave and as much relief I felt about my family (and even my niece) getting vaccinated earlier this summer, I am equally worried now that there’s going to be another lockdown on the horizon.
California is actually not doing so bad right now. The 7-day running average case rate is currently at 12 (with a 6.9 times higher incident rate for unvaccinated people. Go figure). I don’t know why there are still people who don’t want this protection. I don’t know why there are people protesting vaccination mandates for school kids at our Capitol right now. Don’t you want to go back to some sort of normalcy?
Jon and I are both fully vaccinated. We’re currently waiting to get an appointment for the booster shot. Still, we have decided that we will not travel for the holidays. It’s just going to be crazy (as travel has picked up significantly, especially since the US opened the borders to travelers from Europe again). We haven’t seen my family (or Jon’s family in SoCal for that matter) in 25 months, haven’t really been anywhere (other than to my friend’s house in the Bay Area). And as much as I’d like to see our family, I still don’t feel it’s the right time to fly.
Yeah, I know that’s on me, some will say, as I’ve been free to travel. But am I really? It still feels like a huge undertaking for me with lots of things to take into consideration. And with the recent uptick in breakthrough infections, I am not keen on mingling with people any more than necessary.
This whole pandemic has been quite the roller coaster, hasn’t it?
I honestly have no idea how it is November already. Jon was saying the other day, 2021 just disappeared. 2020 was an awful year with the start of the pandemic and dealing with it all, but at least we were feeling things. 2021 has just quietly disappointed and disappeared.
Now, I am not being fair. If I think about it, 2021 wasn’t that bad. It had a few highlights, but I honestly had higher expectations. I will say that things did feel a little bit more “normal” during the summer (what does that even mean?). We were optimistic that things were finally looking up, but maybe it’s only felt more normal because we’ve gotten used to having a limited radius of movement and we allowed ourselves to eat out twice (I think). But overall, Jon and I have continued to be cautious. We are still operating in Covid-mode.
How do you feel about the Covid situation where you live? Are you wary of a winter surge? What are your plans for the holidays?