I know this is a terrible time to take on, as I am doing, a project related to happiness. It looks like we might be mired down into another mutation of this stupid COVID virus. When will it end? That is the point of this Pre-Happiness post.
I know it has been less than two years since COVID came upon the scene, but it seems like an eternity to me. People who are children, or even middle-aged will sometime in the not too distant future look back on these years as a previous point in their history, not a forever thing. But, personally, I wonder if I will even be around when COVID is only a historical term. Is this how I will be ending my years on this earth? Let’s look at the reality of COVID.
COVID, like many other viruses we have encountered is unlikely to go away, ever. It will continue to circulate for decades. But, vaccines will turn it into a manageable thing, much like the seasonal flu. Some experts in this field think that now is the time to accept this reality and start thinking about it in the same way we think of auto deaths. We accept the risk of dying in a car and do it anyway, as fixating on the deaths denies us the advantages the freedom of transportation provides.
It’s time to get back to at least a semblance of normalcy in our lives. If we are vaccinated, COVID becomes only a little more concerning than the flu. Yeah, we might get it but after a few days of feeling rotten, things go back to normal. Right now, the typical flu hospitalization rate is only a little lower than COVID. The bottom line is there is not going to be a day when we wake up to headlines proclaiming that Covid is defeated. We need to be able to live with that reality like we do with auto deaths.
Hopefully, COVID will teach us a lesson to be better prepared for future viruses when they inevitably arrive. The U.S. and much of the rest of the world had reduced government funding into virus research. It proved to be an easy way to meet the ever demands of lower taxes. If that research had been up to a higher level, the vaccine would have been available months earlier, thus resulting in significantly lower deaths, and a quicker turn around.
I don’t want to downplay the fact that those who are immunocompromised or have other severe illnesses need to continue to take precautions, but I think it is time for the rest of us to get on with our lives, take off our masks and start socializing once again. I believe that when we look a couple of decades beyond COVID, we will likely discover that our amelioration stance to the virus did us as a society more harm than the virus itself caused.