Yup, it’s that time again my friends. Do you remember Covid? On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. A week later, California issued the first statewide stay-at-home order and I transitioned to a full-time work-from-home posture on March, 17.
It’s been three years since the start of the pandemic that nobody really talks about anymore, although it is still very much present in the back of my mind. I still don’t leave the house without a mask in my pocket, I continue to wear masks when I go to the store, and I will not fly without one. I am still wary of places with a lot of people, and I have hand sanitizer in my car and in my purse. I try to keep up this routine that has become second nature in the last three years.
I will admit though that the last six months definitely felt a lot more normal. I have traveled, I have met up with friends, and I have definitely let down my guard a little bit. Of course, it has to do with the fact that I had Covid by now (back in the fall) despite ALL my precautions, and that I am twice vaccinated and boosted. I guess we’re at a point where we truly have to figure out how to live with this virus. I knew the restrictions weren’t going to be kept up forever, and neither did I want them to be.
We still get Covid updates at work and guidelines on how to conduct our work when Covid levels change in our county. I appreciate that there is still some level of concern here.
What still scares me a little bit is that I know people who have gotten infected repeatedly now and we still don’t know what the long-term consequences of these infections are for certain people. I feel like we have arrived at a point where it comes truly down to the “survival of the fittest”, and maybe that is in the end how it’s always going to be with any new illness. It’s just a sad thing to think about because despite vaccinations and treatments available now, it’s not something people can really actively have control over.
How do you feel about Covid these days?
Is it in the rearview mirror for you, or is it still very present in your life?