As you have already figured out, it’s going to take some time before we curtail the spread of COVID-19. We may not win this war, but we will “flatten the curve” and stabilize the country to where we need to be.
Notice I didn’t say back to normal because we may never see normalcy again. This virus has changed us forever. Who would have thought the entire world would be subjected to such a crisis straight out of a sci-fi movie?
Well, self-described psychic Sylvia Browne wrote the following in her book, End of Days, in 2008: “In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and bronchial tubes and resisting all know treatments. Almost more baff ling than the illness itself will be in the fact it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again 10 years later, and then disappear completely.”
A lucky guess? But eerie all the same. There is all manner of theories on how the virus started, which makes one wonder if it really did originate from an animal market in China.
But theories won’t help us get out of the medical nightmare we are in. We can’t reiterate enough how critical social distancing is. Some people are still hanging out in groups and jeopardizing the safety of everyone they come in contact with. These people, quite frankly, are reckless and irresponsible and should be fined or jailed.
What gives them the right to put others at risk during this monumental crisis? Kudos to the government for finally laying down the law and banning the resale of food, medical supplies and personal protective equipment (which is facing a serious shortage). By the way, that Lake Country couple who recently hoarded all of the meat from a grocery store received death threats and have made amends. Back to what I was saying before, once we slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, our lives will never be the same.
We won’t be going back to normal because this virus has left such a deep scar on all of us. People won’t be shaking hands as frequently as before, and travel won’t be on their minds as often either. Even if the government gives us the thumbs up that B.C. has weathered the storm, many will still be paranoid that they will get the virus. Perhaps this new normal will be a good thing for all of us in the future. From now on, we can never be too careful. Lyonel Doherty is the editor of the Oliver Chronicle.