Prepare for the next wave

“At 78 I stayed very close to home and garden and had little interaction with others. I loved it! I’m taking this pandemic respite to get some dental work done, some medical appointments including a booster shot and my haircut, and then I’ll happily go back to commune with nature and read.” — Beverly Duffield, Bountiful, Utah

“POOF. And not just any UGH… a Charlie Brown, palms-to-face UGH. A UGH without an exclamation mark because I’m just too tired.” – Carol, Kokomo, Ind.

“As far as I’m concerned, Covid is over. Are we talking about every flu outbreak? No, this is a normal process every year. I’m doing everything I can like I did before Covid.” – Donna Witte, Merritt Island, Fla.

“As a caregiver to my 66-year-old disabled sister who has serious health issues, not only does another wave mean more isolation with fear and anxiety, but I also feel a lack of community support now as no one is wearing masks and just pretending behaving everything is normal again.” – Beth Steelman, Island Lake, Illinois.

“I work at the World Trade Center and was thrilled to be back in the office. If another wave hit I would be devastated. Trains were full, lunch spots have queues around the corner, and there’s an optimism I don’t think anyone is willing to give up that easily. I’m not ready to stay home all week again.” – Sally, New York, NY

“Covid fatigue. I have followed the science and taken all the prescribed precautions. I don’t wear a mask unless it’s required. When assigned, I follow out of respect for others’ immunity issues, but that’s coming to an end. I’m tired and losing interest.” –Jeff W., Santa Cruz, California.

“Preparing to explain all over again to my friends and family why I don’t want to go to the movies, the mall, or eat out — and seeing the distant looks on their faces — is the hard part. As a young person with a chronic illness, I can’t think of many ‘before’ activities that are worth the risk of a long Covid. Coping with health issues at a young age is lonely — and coping with them during the pandemic has been even lonelier.” – Jenny, Minnesota

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