We’re rapidly approaching the two-year mark of the start of the pandemic (I measure it by the day we went into lockdown mode in California on March, 17) and it feels strange to think about it. Has it really been TWO YEARS since normalcy went out the window?
It’s been 100 weeks to be exact. What we thought was maybe going to last a few weeks, has turned into triple weekly digits. No, it’s not something I had remotely anticipated.
The latest omicron wave that has kept the world on its toes is slowly subsiding here in California. Case rates are falling and last week, the mask mandate was lifted. I am not quite sure how I feel about it. Overall, I feel that our governor has always listened to the science and made decisions based on the best available information. However, there’s been some back and forth between restrictions being lifted, only to be reinstated a short time later.
Forgive me, if I am not completely trusting of whatever is decided on a political level. There hasn’t been enough concerted effort nationally, IMHO, instead states have been given too much free reign to do what they deem right (in Germany, we have a nice expression for a situation like this. We call this, “everybody’s cooking up their own pot of soup”). And don’t think for a second that this is only an American thing – this has been happening in Germany, too, where every federate state has implemented its own rules and restrictions.
I don’t know, it just feels like playing a game of whack-a-mole that is never going to end.
But, there seems to be a global push to “go back to normal”, despite the fact that a large chunk of the population (and a lot of children!) remain unvaccinated. And don’t get me wrong, I desperately want to “do things” again; go out to dinner, see a concert, travel! But I can’t help but still feel wary, despite the fact that Jon and I are not in high-risk groups, have been able to stay healthy (or maybe just unsymptomatic? Who knows!) throughout the pandemic so far, and will remain vigilant and careful going forward.
I’ve heard quite a few people express recently that they’re at a point where they think we are all going to catch it, sooner or later, and that they just want to “get it over with” and return to some sense of normalcy. While I can understand the notion, something inside of me is still very much opposed to exposing myself “on purpose”. And with “on purpose”, I mean dropping all precautions and taking more risks on a daily basis and to shrug and go “whatever”. That is not me. However, I might be ready to maybe extend my radius of movement a little bit.
What is the situation where you are? Are cases dropping? Are restrictions being lifted?
Whatever the situation, continue to stay safe, friends.