All eyes on humanity
With masks an essential item, a friendly, smiling face is sadly a thing of the past. Now all I see are glaring eyes that are filled with anger, fear and distrust. I want to plead my case and tell passers-by, “I’m safe, I do the right thing,” but I know this will fall on deaf ears. Today, we walk around in a very different society. One that assumes everyone has this scary virus. Will humanity ever be the same again?
I’ve been questioning this and been doing research on pandemics throughout history. That’s not to say covid will ultimately play out as other pandemics have, but this is just my understanding of the historical data of pandemics such as the Spanish flu, which is all we have to base our future expectations on at this time.
– most pandemics have 3 ‘curves’ or waves of surges in cases. Our data is skewed in Australia, but if we look at the larger Westernised countries where they didn’t care about the amount of deaths in the name of capitalism, they *sort* of are in their 3rd wave (though, this doesn’t work if we consider Delta to be a ‘reset’, who knows. If Delta is considered a new pandemic from a statistics perspective, we’re in the first wave again). Mostly, these three waves occur over 2 years, though I expect ours will be elongated due to the variance in strains.
– after those curve years, it settles, however there are several years of more severe ‘seasons’ for that virus. So I interpret this as, we’re going to be having ‘covid season’ every single year, for maybe 5-10 years to come. At some point during this time, WHO will decide whether it’s still considered a pandemic or endemic.
– after that 10-ish year period it’s usually endemic – seasonal, people still dying from it, but the majority of humans have gotten used to it.
I’ve lost hope this is ever going away, that we’ll go back to ‘normal’. Major catastrophic world events change the world forever, they always have. It’s here for the rest of our lives. We’re all going to end up with scar tissue on our lungs. We’re all going to lose our children’s primary school educations to this thing.
It’s not right or fair, it just is and it sucks and there’s nothing we can do to change it.
All because the world couldn’t stop MOVING for a month or so to just let the virus die.