About 100 years ago, the H1N1 pandemic killed more than 50 million people worldwide. America suffered a loss of more than 675,000 lives. In 2019, discussions about the 1918 pandemic were almost irrelevant, moot, and far less substantive than today.
Earlier in 2020, there was a huge fright caused by the almost instant and overwhelming upsurge of COVID-19 in New York and the quick tallying of deaths. The uncertainty of how the virus spreads sent many of us in a state of confusion. Pundits, naturalists, clergy, scientists all had their varied theories, thoughts, predictions and cures. During the upsurge, many of us feared losing loved ones. The pain of a loss and not being able to visit hospitals can be burdensome.
Now, near the end of 2020, new fears arise. The pandemic has affected our friends, close loved-ones, families, and many of them are losing the fight against the virus. It is now hitting home or very close to home.
On Oct. 24, the country hit a record-high number of new daily COVID-19 cases, recording more than 83,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. That number beats the previous record of more than 77,000 cases in mid-July.
As time walks by us today, whatever you do, where ever you are, whoever you’re with, remember that you are only a sniffle away from a hospital bed. Hospitals are lonely places today. In there, you are just a number. So remember to wear masks, wash hands, stay your distance, exercise, eat right and build up your immune system. There is no certainty of a vaccine. So the only way COVID-19 will leave us is through personal protection. Don’t try wishing it away.