Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Is the COVID era over?” Of the 285 people who responded, 84% said no; 9% said yes; and 7% said they didn’t know. Comments were submitted by 92 people. A few follow.
It appears that the majority of the population have capitulated to the virus, accepting COVID as if it were just another minor ailment. We don’t know the full impact of infection(s) and what we do know is not encouraging. I’m in a minority of people who are still social distancing, masking in stores and only going to restaurants when outdoor dining is available. I lost two elderly family members (pre-vaccine 2020) who were otherwise healthy.
The severity of the illness is over; however, sadly, in years to come, when people finally realize the long-term negative effects of the vaccine, the era will continue.
I wish it was but is not. Will it ever end? It’s become exhausting. How many boosters can we get? I think I’m done with COVID boosters.
As a hospice volunteer, I assure you COVID is not over. There is an increasing number of people — not all elderly — who, sadly, are dying.
My paternal grandfather died in the 1918 flu pandemic. As a result, I am very hesitant to take the COVID virus lightly. I continue to wear a mask when out, and I continue to be cognizant that the threat remains a very real one.
COVID will never be over. Our willingness to live with daily limitations is — or soon will be, it seems.
I define the COVID era as that period of time when our lives were significantly changed to protect our health and that of our families, neighbors and communities. COVID is here to stay but we have learned to manage it.
It is time to put away the ridiculous, useless masks and get back to regular living.
Ignoring COVIID has not made it go away
Enough is enough. This sickness is no worse than many of the flus we experience. Some demographics are more susceptible than others. We did not have to shut down and we no longer need to fear it.
Time to move on.
COVID-19 will probably always be with us. We have to protect ourselves and find ways of dealing with it. We all must think of others and not only ourselves to combat and control it as we have with many other diseases.
COVID is permanent at this point. Get vaxxed! PJC