Pandemic Memories

The past couple of days Kathy of Lake Superior Spirit has raised the question about our memories of the this past year with the pandemic. As I began to try to answer her question this morning, I realized the number of words my answer would take would make a blog post. So here I am, with the warning that none of this will likely contain the spirit of Christmas, but will contain the hope for new beginnings with the new year.

I can’t think of a memory that calls to me – other than my complete frustration with the deniers, the ones that have caused the virus to continue its virulent spread throughout the world – those who claim individual rights so they needn’t wear masks, those who believe the virus is no worse than the standard flu viruses that visit each year. The memory of how the lack of trust in anything and everything has grown, so that we no longer know what or who to believe. The fact that a huge contributor to the lack of trust, a supporter of the deniers, is the man who resides in the White House. I am astonished on a daily basis how many people still believe in this man, believe his fabrications, who see him having parties or holding meetings where the attendees are not masked, and disbelieve the reports of the numbers afflicted or dead because of this virus.

Many of these people are intelligent with reasonable educations but still believe the most incredible (to me) things – and to quote from a post by another blogger I follow, Leenadll quoting a person she knows, they come along the lines of this:

“There’s no ICU bed shortage! That’s a total lie to scare people into susmission! I have lots of friends who are nurses and they’re not working. You know what nurses are doing at hospitals? They’re not treating patients… they’re all making TikToc videos all day!”

Bonus1:

“The covid test [I don’t recall which one] has a 97% false positive rate.” ORly?!?

Bonus2;

“ALL diseases can be cured by adopting a healthy lifestyle! There’s no reason to take medications, especially not antibiotics or vaccines!”

People who believe these kinds of things scare me, because I believe what the scientists like Dr. Fauci say, and I fear we will never rid ourselves of this virus if enough people don’t follow the recommended guidelines for prevention, but instead skip and hop along their merry way, endangering everyone they come in contact with.

How did we get here? How did we get to the point where we believe the media is completely untrustworthy, a man with no redeeming features that I can see is supported and believed, where a virus can make its way into our country and create the absolute chaos that we are now experiencing?

What have we become?

I end this rant with the hope that the new year will truly be a new beginning. That we can, as a country, as a society, find our way back to compassion and caring, tolerance and trusting, that our government can find its way back to governing, for the good of the people and the country rather than the good of the party. Where we can meet, and speak, and allow our differences to exist without offense. Where once again, we can meet for lunch or a glass of wine without fear of contracting what could be our death sentence.

I hope. I wish.

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20 Responses to Pandemic Memories

  1. I hope and wish too Carol, but our leader here is blinkered IMO and not prepared to stand his ground. The virus has a lot to answer, but our governments have let the people down BIG TIME in their handling of the situation. People have been stupid, and those in power who blatantly flouted the rules have just got a slap on the wrist.
    As for the rest, you only have to open your mouth with an innocent comment, and somebody takes offence for no apparent reason other than they didn’t think of it first. They then get their knickers in a wad and start spouting off about abuse, racism, and infringements of rights.

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  2. Currently, the number one cause of death in the US is the coronavirus. It out numbers coronaries, and cancer. Let that sink in you deniers. THIS IS NOT JUST A FLU !

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  3. dawnkinster says:

    2020, the longest year in history. Unless, I guess you were in Europe during any of the wars. But I digress. I am hoping this year will finally end and that 2121 is somewhat better though I don’t hold out hope that we will ever in the near (or distant) future get back to normal. Having a glass of wine with a friend would be really nice about now.

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  4. loisajay says:

    Everything you say, Carol….I was nodding yes. I don’t get it, either. And to watch nurses on TV, with tears in their eyes, saying the last thing some patients are saying, before they die, is ‘ This is a hoax.’ Come on!!! This has been one helluva nuts year. I cannot wait until it is gone. Father Time will be on his hands and knees, crawling out.

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  5. I hope so too Carol, it is very hard how some people can be so stubborn even on their death beds. I always thought of Australians as a nation of larrikins, I think most of us are kind of proud that we thumb our noses at authority figures. However, a study just out shows that most of us are actually very willing to do as we are told even when we don’t like it. In this case it has worked in our favour. I only wish that some people in the US could see that sometimes you have to act for the greater good of everyone even when you don’t want to.

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    • Carol says:

      I wish the same, and I’m proud your people are smarter than we seem to be.

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      • Joanne says:

        Australians are not all acting submissively, Carol. Many people break the rules. We are incredibly lucky in this instance, however, that we are an island nation, just as New Zealand is, and the borders of both countries were closed to incoming travelers in the early days of the pandemic. Most states have also implemented an extremely successful contact tracing devise, which I am surprised has not been utilised in the US and other countries. Yet perhaps again, Australia is “lucky” as it is easier to trace people who have come in contact with a Covid carrier when the population is comparitively small compared to other countries. It certainly has been a memorable year!

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        • Carol says:

          Your leadership was much more on top of the situation than ours – which really didn’t take much to beat – and yes, your population is smaller. I just don’t understand people and their actions.

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          • Joanne says:

            The closure of our borders was one of those rare times when all politicians agreed on the course of action to be taken. For the first time in my memory, peace reigned momentarily on the Australian political front, but it hasn’t continued, of course. 😉 You can’t control the actions of others, so focus on keeping yourself safe and well, Carol. My thoughts are with you. 💕

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  6. leendadll says:

    Today’s best quote, intended as support of her insane beliefs was “don’t these people realize there is video of what they’ve done?”

    How on earth does she believe that, but not see all the video proof that tRump is an egotistical tyrant with no ability to say anything that isn’t a lie?!?

    She almost told me the name of her primary source if info, which I’m really curious to know, but got distracted and forgot to finish. I can’t ask because she’ll think that means I agree with her.

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  7. leendadll says:

    Pt 2: I got really annoyed with myself late last night for not thinking to ask if her TikToc-ing nurse friends are ICU nurses. I feel pretty confident they work in other depts and don’t have the required skills to be transferred to ICU support!

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  8. leendadll says:

    Thought 3: Part of the way we got here was news evolving to be more entertaining. It’s blurred the line between facts and opinion. Some of us still clearly see the line. Others do not.

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  9. Kathy says:

    Carol, I echo your frustration. It is devastating. I don’t understand some of these viewpoints at all, and many in my extended family hold them. It’s caused so much pain this year because I love these family members–but can feel so much anger and frustration. My spiritual quest this year has been to stay present to this anger while also staying present to an umbrella of love, which is a VERY hard task. I don’t know how to resolve this, but am working at holding them in my heart while also not denying the anger. We shall see how this proceeds during the rest of the year and 2021. I am glad that we’re not together in person this year, for our opposed viewpoints might ruin our family love. Sigh…. But also, thanks for the link back to my blog. I love that you answered with a full post of your own!

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  10. I’m right there with you. I have some of my own incredulous quotes I could share but they have all already been shared enough. 😦

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  11. Lisa says:

    Some of my extended family is in the denier camp as well and Entrepreneur and I don’t understand it either. This virus has taken so much from everyone. Sometimes it is hard to understand because there’s so much contradictory reporting. It’s very frustrating. And the hypocrisy of some of our leaders in their message of “do as I say, not as I do” only fuels the distrust. You are more optimistic about things becoming more compassionate, caring, trusting and tolerant. I see the opposite happening. I hope I’m wrong, but some of the words out of the politicians mouths are already reinforcing that opinion. I really just want this virus to go away. xoxo

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