What have we become?
Yes, I’m tired of living in these “COVID times.” I definitely understand how people can believe they’ve lost almost a year and a half out of their lives.
Because we’re retired and reside in a somewhat remote rural area, our lifestyle hasn’t changed as much as city dwellers. Every two weeks, my husband makes a trip to town for necessary food and supplies. He uses great care in his sanitizing, masking and avoiding most other shoppers by going in the early mornings. I remain at home in the hope of staying COVID-free because of previous health concerns, so I haven’t seen the inside of a retail store for more than a year. Missing the shopping itself doesn’t bother me; it is the inability to physically visit my own extended family, senior friends and acquaintances.
Now that we have a glimmer of hope with the new vaccines I’ve become thoroughly disappointed in some social interactions. While listening to the radio and TV newscasts I was shocked to hear the chant, “Lock her up!” in relation to Alberta’s Medical Health Officer. Where did this demeaning behavior come from? I thought Canadians were more respectful and socially conscious. I’m not saying people can’t have differing opinions; but we used to know when and how to express them without insulting individuals. No one wants these disdainful expressions to harm our health care officials who are only doing their required job to the best of their ability. Where did we lose our public responsibility? Don’t family, friends, and the community-at-large count?
This pandemic is taxing everyone and no one is immune to this disease; it can strike even the healthiest individuals. Our public health officials are learning more about this disease everyday – that’s why the information is constantly changing and being revised as the facts become clear. Public health officials do know what preventative measures work. They do their best to update the public with TRUE FACTS, not falsehoods, which are unfortunately distributed by some politicians and public members with questionable agendas. I wish people would use critical thinking and “fact check” their postings on Twitter, Facebook, etc. before passing them on as truth-positive statements.
Now that the third wave is proving more devastating, we could be committing families to losing “loved ones” or “close friends” because of decisions made based on false and inaccurate information. Maybe this is the time for society to work together and follow the public health rules for the common good.
I’m remaining hopeful!