By now we are all sick to death of the pandemic! People are restless, depressed, frustrated, tired of following what often seem to be illogical rules, pushed to get vaccinated, never knowing if they can see loved ones, and more.
Let me be clear: my wife and I have been loyal subjects, following every rule that is imposed on us without public complaint and taking every vaccination made available. I am no anti-vaxxer, not even close. But I do respect the rights of those whose opinions differ from mine to express their opinions in a mature, controlled manner without shouting and without nasty language. We are a population of persons, all of us from different cultures, educational backgrounds; some of us steeped in science, some very suspicious, some having become amateur virologists during the pandemic.
The many, many “talking heads” of media outlets have contributed to some increased knowledge but much public panic. One of my very informed friends told me recently: “I just have to shut off the TV when the Covid messages come on! It is too depressing.”
Then comes Omicron, the latest variant, said by the South Africans that it spreads rapidly, as we are seeing in New Brunswick, but does not make people very sick. So, another “kick in the head” for people exhausted from the emotional distress of pandemic.
The lessons that we are already learning from this terrible journey have been numerous and growing each day. As the science and awareness has evolved, not much of what we experience nearly two years later resembles what we were told in March 2020. Remember the first pronouncements from WHO and CDC and other authorities? These are some that registered with me:
Ken McGeorge is a retired CEO in major teaching hospitals and long-term-care facilities. He was co-chair of the New Brunswick Council on Aging and is a columnist with Brunswick News. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org