Let me start by saying that I’m not being judgmental. Everyone has different challenges and faces different circumstances.
That said, any idiot can look at the COVID numbers and see that we are going the wrong way and we are going there very quickly. I place most of the blame on the Trump administration and various Republican governors, candidates, etc. Simple steps such as wearing masks and listening to doctors and scientists should never have been politicized. A good example from the top can make a huge difference. And my hope is that the Biden/Harris administration will be able to implement their plan and bring down the number of infections, followed shortly by a safe, free, and effective vaccine.
But those things aren’t going to happen for months.
So it falls to each of us to do all that we can to stop the spread of this infection. By now, we all know the drill. Stay home as much as humanly possible. (Again, we all face different challenges. Some people have to go out to work in order to feed their kids. Some people have to attend classes. Not everyone has computers and internet at home. But no one NEEDS to eat at a restaurant or drink at a bar. No one NEEDS to have family gatherings just now. No one NEEDS to get a pedicure.) When you are around other people, wear a mask and maintain social distance.
And, by the way, that mask has to cover your mouth AND your nose. And, by the way, six feet is the MINIMUM distance you should stand from other people. Being outside doesn’t mean you can stand closer or ignore your mask. Wearing a mask doesn’t mean you can ignore social distancing.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to have to be different this year. The virus doesn’t come with a holiday exception. If you can Zoom or telephone with family and friends, that may help some. But is one holiday now worth all the holidays you’ll miss if you infect grandma at dinner or if Aunt Joan gets COVID traveling to your house?
What things that you’ve been going out to buy could you get delivered? Have you checked recently? Between Amazon (evil, I know) and Instacart, I haven’t had to go to the store since early March and I live in a pretty rural area. What things that you’ve been doing should you cut back on? Exercise outside instead of in the gym. Zoom instead of seeing people in person. Put off appointments that you can safely put off.
Those of us who’ve been isolating and following all the other procedures for almost ten months now are pretty tired of it. I’m an introvert who likes to be alone and I’m sick to death of not seeing family and friends, not being able to go anywhere, missing out on G/Son’s graduation and Son’s birthday, helping my dear friends house hunt and move, etc., etc., etc. But, as Trump so eloquently said, it is what it is.
What it is is a global pandemic that America allowed to rage completely out of control. Let’s act like grownups here. Let’s act like Witches.
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