It’s been a little over 8 months since COVID changed our lives. Here in New York City, we made great progress over the summer and our infection numbers were one of the lowest in the country. However, since the fall begun, the numbers in NYC and around the country have increased significantly.
Why is that?
Fear The Bug
In early March, when numbers started spiking and we were forced into our homes, we paid close attention to this virus and we even… feared it.
I remember riding my bike in the middle of Broadway in Manhattan and I had the streets all to myself. There were no cars and no crowds in the streets. A rare view for the city that never sleeps. As a cyclist, I enjoyed having the streets to myself. As a human, it was sad to see it so empty. It almost looked apocalyptic!
Each time I went out for groceries, I looked into people’s eyes and everyone was in high alert. People kept their distance, and any sneeze and cough was looked at with concern. Humans were all of a sudden a threat to our health and we no longer trusted anyone.
We only found peace and normal in our homes with our loved ones. As long as we stayed inside and avoided contact with anyone outside of our walls, we were OK. Home was the place we could be ourselves with zero risk.
It’s Not That Bad
It’s amazing what time does to people. After months of avoiding humans and as our numbers started getting lower, we no longer feared the virus. We consider a meal at a restaurant or a few drinks at the bar a risk worth taking. Life needed to move on and we decided that living in fear was not a way to live. So we got sloppy and let our guard down and we no longer lived in fear.
It’s like being a victim of a bully who is so intimidating that you walk in fear around the school hallway. After a while, you just get used to the bully and accept it if today was going to be the day he would pick you out to become his punching bag.
COVID Vaccine, Our Only Hope
When Princess Leia sent a hologram to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, it was vital to the survival of the Rebellion. She ends the message with this great quote:
“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope”Princess Leia
I think it’s time to accept that the only hope we have of getting back to normal is for us to have a vaccine. Once we have a vaccine, we will start being on the offensive and no longer play the defense game. It’s clear that us humans cannot be trusted with being responsible and staying away from people to avoid infection. We lack the discipline needed for that.
I’m thankful that in the last 8+ months, my family and I have been healthy. I’m also annoyed that people are all up in arms about masks not working or that restaurants, gyms or bars should be open and don’t pose as big a risk. Everyone has an opinion. I just leave the actual scientists to monitor what works and what doesn’t.
I wear a mask, I avoid indoor restaurants, bars, churches, etc. It really is a small inconvenience considering what’s at stake. So, in the comfort of my own Queens apartment, I will do my part while watching patiently for our Obi-Wan Kenobi.