It feels like a time warp. The days are short and the nights are long. You can’t find anything interesting on Netflix. It takes hours to walk to the kitchen and by the time you get there the best cookies are gone. Even Stephen Colbert isn’t funny anymore.
There’s an unescapable diagnosis out there – Covid Fatigue. And we all have it.
Take a deep breath. Relief, like a new TV sitcom, is on its way.
Some say we’re at the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Others say it’s the end of the beginning. Either way, it’s here.
The Orange Man in The White House has moved out. The man with the scrappy fly in his white hair was a few steps behind. Like a bad movie, the lame duck is done.
You might say decency is coming to Washington. That rare event – transparency in government – is leaking through the lies and corruption of the Trump White House. Along with Joe Biden we’re getting a powerful, intelligent female Vice-President – long overdue. They’re building a government that looks like us and doesn’t make insane speeches like Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick who said, “we’re gonna have to let some [old] people die so the stock market can live.”
Good riddens to the stable genius, the chosen one, and drinking-chlorox-for-covid.
We finally have people like Ron Klain (Biden’s choice for White House Chief of Staff), Dr. Anthony Fauci (Biden’s chief medical advisor), and top scientists who know how to manage the pandemic.
Best of all, we have the vaccine.
The sun will come out tomorrow
So you gotta hang on
Come what may
[From Annie, by Martin Charnin]
Here’s the catch – tomorrow might be a bit further away than you think. It’s not fake news, just reality.
Depending on your state and what group you fall into, it will probably be a few months before you get the vaccine. There will be a longer wait for the general population. According to Dr. Fauci, “50% [of the population] would have to get vaccinated before you start to see an impact . . . 75% to 85% would have to get vaccinated if you want to have that blanket of herd immunity.”
Think of it like waiting for a blockbuster, nail-biting movie with a lot of trailers.
There are other factors – anti-vaxxers, morons who call Covid a Democratic hoax, and protestors who believe things like face masks and social distancing take away their rights. In other words, Trump deplorables.
At the same time, Biden, Obama, Clinton, and Bush take the vaccine on TV to address peoples’ fears. They stress that until we reach that 75%-85% we still have to wear face masks, social distance, and avoid crowds inside and out. Most will cooperate waiting for scientists, not politicians, to call the shots.
Hope is creeping into your home-delivered pizza; optimism is floating like whipped cream in hot chocolate. In other words, Covid Fatigue is on its way out like The Orange Man in the White House and toilet paper shortages. If you try hard, you’ll find something to watch on Netflix and laugh at Colbert.
The sun will come out tomorrow.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and be patient, my friends.