New Year, New Strain
It only took days for California to reach its third million COVID-19 cases and less than a month for more than 5,000 L.A. county residents to die from the invincible killer.
441,454 Americans dead as a result of the pandemic. 40,945 of them are Californians.
Today, 1,789 people in the U.S. lost their battle to the disease.
Early morning today, the U.S. already has 110,470 COVID-19 newly infected. 1,877 of them may die or suffer from the debilitating chronic complications within 2-4 weeks.
These signs should have been an alarm that there is a new variant more infectious and deadly being spread within and outside California but our focus is somewhere else. The heart is somewhere else.
It is easier to pretend it is not happening so we can convince ourselves we can gain back everything that were taken away.
Realistically, we won’t go back to normal. Life, the way we knew then before COVID-19 will be a memory, at least for the next several years.
We will see a saw-like pandemic pattern of surges and plateauing until a global herd immunity happens. Global, because we can’t stop people from traveling. That would be a “huge freedom” violation issue even if life-threatening surges are at its peak and hospitals are overwhelmed.
Every 6-8 weeks predictable and preventable surges will happen post reopening and post holidays.
We will be wearing a mask for a long time if we want to outlive the constantly mutating resistant virus.
The COVID-19 virus learned to adapt quickly for long term survival but humans haven’t.
We gave the virus a year to be stronger, smarter, more contagious because till now, many of us are still ambivalent, defiant, confused, selfish and unbelievably, in denial. The virus is not.
Global focus is on the new more contagious U.K., South African and Brazilian COVID-19 strains but hardly anyone is talking about the California variant that currently may have placed California as the most infected and deadliest State in the U.S.
By April, America will reach its 500,000 predicted deaths.
End of 2021, more than 50 million Americans will be infected and close to a million dead from the many strains of COVID-19.
New Normal has gotten old and “COVID-19 fatigue” is now an “okay excuse” to disregard safety mandates while the consequences for failure to compromise continues to bring tragic loss in lives, health and economy.
Justice won’t happen fairly in 2021. The Goliath’s will keep bullying the David’s and our government will allow it. Didn’t this just happened with the stock market when Penny earners were punished by the powerful Millionaires and Billionaires for trying to make some money at a time when people are simply trying to survive?
Recent California Stay-at-Home did not stop many Californians from going out. It simply crippled many businesses and made more people loose their jobs.
The Lockdowns has targeted the same victims and has become more visibly inhuman. The rich however gets richer by taking advantage of the turbulence, fear and chaos brought by the pandemic. The rich also get freebie bailouts. No one really tracks if hard-earned tax payers money goes to those who desperately need them. Even prisoners got unemployment checks last year while struggling families starved and in constant worry of evictions.
Gross corruption happened in 2020. It will again in 2021. Will we do something about it? Probably not.
Whether we accept it or not, the many new strains of COVID-19, just like the Influenza are here to stay year after year but many of us won’t. This is the truth our leaders don’t want us to fully know because then mass vaccination for the old variant will fail and herd immunity will become an impossibility.
Speaking of herd immunity, based on infection numbers, people’s willingness to get the vaccine, delays in vaccination and rate of virus mutation, it will happen in the next several years, not in 2021, not even 2022.
Herd immunity requires people to unite and come together. Something many of us based on recent events are lacking of starting from our political leaders. When self becomes more important than what’s good for all, we are doomed to fail again and again.
So, what to do until everyone gets on board? Keep following the CDC guidelines that kept you and your family safe, alive and healthy. Get vaccinated and stop worrying of its side effects. The benefits outweighs the risks of not getting it. There’s only one question really in getting the vaccine,”Would I rather have possibly the mild viral illness-like side effects of fever, headache, body aches, fatigue or the possibility of death and disability from being sick with COVID-19?” The answer is crystal clear for me and I didn’t hesitate once COVID-19 vaccine was offered a month ago for health workers at my work place.
Do I feel safer seeing how people are now responding to the pandemic? No. Do I feel more confident to do my work knowing I have antibodies for the next several months? Yes. Will I keep wearing mask and PPE’s? Hell, yes! Mask alone kept me, my family and co-workers safe for a year. Science and experience are enough proof for me.
This will be my last piece about COVID-19 for 2021. I hope and pray my prediction will not come true but so far everything happened in 2020 and beginning of 2021. Some even worse than anyone could have ever imagined.
“A person incapable of learning and changing the past is bound to repeat its loss, horrors and heartbreaks.”
2021 is hope to rewrite our stories with everything better, kinder, happier.
Never let anyone dictate the possibilities and greatness of the next chapters of our lives.
Life is too beautiful and fleeting to be owned by people, things, circumstances and the past.
Try to enjoy and respect life with caution everyday because we’ll never know when our story ends.
Live, love, laugh like there’s no tomorrow. Never feel guilty for trying to be happy because many will always try to convince us that we do not deserve our happiness.
There is always another path to take, another door to open, another future to begin. Never settle nor neglect for what our heart truly deserves.