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One year later (COVID-19)

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by MoodyBlues, Mar 11, 2021.

  1. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    It was a year ago today that the WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic. In some ways, it seems much longer than that, yet it also seems like it was just yesterday. I'm not sure how that works. :thinking:

    March 11 now has three separate meanings for me: the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan, my mom's 2013 death, and now the 2020 pandemic.

    I wonder where we'll be a year from now. Will things be back to normal? Something resembling normal? I think so. I'm thinking 12-18 months from now we'll be pretty much living normal lives, but 'normal' may be somewhat different from before.

    Thanks to Pfizer and the other companies who've produced vaccines in record time. Once enough people are vaccinated, 'normal' will be within sight.

    How are you doing now? Where do you think we'll be in a year?

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  2. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Enthusiast

    It was March Eighth when I lost my father twenty years ago,
    Eleventh not so much have a special date to me either.
    In a year, I have no clue.
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  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    we are headed in the right direction, but still have a lot of work to do.......can't lift that foot off the gas just yet. i think we will see the numbers go down considerably, but we may hit another plateau. and i think it will be because of the anti-maskers and those that are skeptical of trusting the doctors and government that the vaccine is safe. also because of equity as well. those in poorer parts of the country are slow to get the vaccine. i hope they make them the next priority group to get the vaccine. then soon after, open up the possibility for all to get the vaccine with no restrictions.

    once that happens, then we can start to slow down and celebrate.
  4. MoodyBlues

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    That sounds familiar--I think we've discussed it, because March 8th was 'my' dad's birthday (really my father-in-law, but the only true dad I ever had, from 17 until his death ten years ago). Gee, Milo, your dad died twenty years ago? He had to still be quite young. I don't remember what happened; share if you like (privately of course is always an option, but you know how bad I've been lately about promptly responding!).
  5. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Well I think the ship has been righted, and NOW things will be better for all of us.
    Sadly I've lost my father in December to covid, and my job was eliminated by my company last month.
    So I'm now struggling to find a job and finding the time to put my father's house up for sale.
    But I'm confident things will work out....
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    This week was the anniversary of my first visit to the lab to be cancelled, and the first week I spent in a collaboration meeting from my sofa/spare bedroom (I saw no reason to go into the office to join a video conference, and good reasons not to). The following Monday was the last time I visited my office for 7 months, and I only stayed long enough to pick up some equipment and rescue the plants from the office. The first UK lockdown was announced that evening, and started a week later.

    I know I probably shouldn't mention this, since we're not in PCA, but this week was also the anniversary here of the first government minister being diagnosed with covid, and 4 days later (and 2 days before announcing a national lockdown) our Prime Minister holding a baby shower party for his fiancee (satirists suggested he delayed announcing the lockdown until after the party, not everyone is even certain that's not the reality).

    As for 12 month's time, yes, much more normal. My fear is that the desire for normality will help vested interests who don't want people to act on the lessons of the last year, like turning the recognition of which are the really important jobs into demands that the people doing them get a fairer deal. It will be easy for a celebration of a "return to normal" to be used to push them back into the margins.

    (Sorry, I should stop being a downer!)
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  7. Steven58


    I'm doing well... working from home is great. I may never go back. I get my second Moderna in two weeks. I'm happy.
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  8. MoodyBlues

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    I knew about your dad, but not your job. I'm sorry, Danny. :(

    Try to keep your head up, though. You'll deal with your dad's house when it's the right time, and I'm confident you'll get another job soon. In my own life, when big things like this have happened, something better was waiting down the road--and I'd never have known about it without the bump in the road.
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  9. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Enthusiast

    I forgot to mentioned, my Aunt is currently ill with it, she is resting up and trying to heal herself, her children are standing by, as she is moving ontop of things too.
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  10. MoodyBlues

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    Did she require hospitalization? How is she doing now? Hopefully she'll make a full recovery.

    My niece had it, but had health and youth on her side, and didn't require medical attention.
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  11. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Enthusiast

    My cousins are around my age on her side of the family.. She is in the hospital right about now, I am glad I have excellent friends who are thinking of me.
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  12. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    I got the polio vaccine.
    I trust them.
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