POSTCARDS FROM A PANDEMIC 2
POSTCARDS FROM A PANDEMIC 2 begins the day we arrive home from Cozumel via Cancun, just before flights to Canada are cancelled, and covers the period from March 28, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The future has never been both more and less predictable.
Our lives are still pretty normal, juxtaposed over a pandemic that never ceases to surprise and horrify. The evidence is mounting that the virus is airborne, and that about half of COVID infections are asymptomatic. In June 2020, the WHO, which did not recommend mask wearing early on, and still does not recognize that the virus spreads as an aerosol, nonetheless changes guidance and recommends cloth masks for the public in indoor settings with poor ventilation.
Some nations try to limit the sickness with lockdowns and other mandates while others make virtually no effort. Experts are noticing myocarditis, cardio-vascular diseases, neurological issues, and diabetes in adults after COVID infections, and a multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.
Despite lockdowns, cases continue to rise worldwide as second and third waves of new variants surge around the world. In the fall, Canada’s borders remain closed to international travel and the US. Meanwhile, after Sweden’s disastrous, failed experiment and the experience of other nations, the WHO announces that herd immunity is not an option for dealing with COVID.
By the end of 2020, the first vaccines approved for Canada, from Pfizer-BioNtech, and Moderna, are rolled out. Healthcare workers and the elderly are prioritized for vaccination, followed by the rest of the population. Masking and social distancing protocols are mandatory in public places. Most people are optimistic about the vaccines and the promise of a return to normal and comply, but the resistance begins early, even before vaccines are released, fueled by misinformation and dumb conspiracy theories.
To see what came before, check out POSTCARDS FROM A PANDEMIC 1: #1-44 December 30, 2019 - March 27, 2020.
July 30, 2020
POSTCARDS FROM A PANDEMIC #45 - 54
MARCH 28 - AUGUST 9, 2020
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