On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) had reached the stage of pandemic. At that time the bulk of cases were in the ‘European region’. However, the world was put on notice that this deadly killer was for real, and was moving rapidly.
That was eighty-one days ago. While many places around the world have succeeded in controlling the spread of COVID-19, none has eradicated it completely. In many parts of the world, the pandemic still rages, while in others life is slowly getting back to some semblance of what it was pre-pandemic.
Scientists are quick to point out that things may never return to the exact same, hence the over-used term ‘new normal’. These same scientists are also sounding warnings of a second pandemic, or the second wave of the current, that seems all but certain.
Disregarding all the science, warnings, threats and, statistics, some people have decided they’ve had enough. The news, along with pandemic updates, now features items about people who have opted to stop dealing with the social restrictions and get back to normal. Pandemic be damned. This activity will, of course, hasten the arrival of a second wave. Here in Quebec, the recent reopening of grade schools in less populated areas resulted in a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The pandemic has often been referred to as this generation’s world war. I certainly was not around for either world war, but I have a hunch that when people became fed-up with the fighting they did not just walk away, claiming they had had enough. Some deserted and were dealt with harshly.
Photographs, like the one above from Toronto, of those who have decided they’ve had enough isolation and gathered in public places show a primarily young demographic. As such by flouting the regulations they may not do harm to themselves, but may well carry the virus to others who are not as healthy and robust as they.
Everyone would like to be free to go about as they wish. Unfortunately at this time that is not recommended for the benefit of the majority. And therein lies the bitter pill, for some, about the concept of stemming the spread of the virus by not gathering: It’s not about you!