It's unfathomable that it's been exactly a year since the WHO declared coronavirus a pandemic. In that time, social interactions came to a halt, offices shut down, restaurants went out of business, people lost their jobs, borders closed, loved ones passed... and the list goes on.
We're getting into the 'COVID fatigue' period and wondering when things will get back to normal. While the vaccines are a beacon of hope for things to go back to 'normal' , the cold reality is that COVID is here to stay. It is likely variants will continue to circulate and vaccines will have to be adjusted. The future also depends heavily on ongoing/continuing herd immunity. We need to wrap our head around the fact that we still have a long road ahead of us and disabuse ourselves of the notion that masks are no longer needed once we've been vaccinated.
While this all still seems grim, we shouldn't let it impede our future. We must focus now on working together as a nation to accelerate vaccination campaigns and continue to #maskup #washup #socialdistance #vaccinate.
The virus will still exist, but one possibility is that it will be less likely to make people severely ill and that it will, like the flu, circulate primarily in the colder months; some people would still die from COVID-19, but the virus wouldn’t rage out of control again.