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Editor’s Corner: Is This It?

Editor’s Corner: Is This It?
By John O’Brien, Jr. @Jobjr

Is this it? Is this the end, or merely just the end of the first half, or even quarter? Resurgence is in full employ across the world, but nowhere are the virus infections as severe as here in the U.S. 
Nowhere is the death from COVID 19 as severe as here in the U.S. 
Most countries have gotten containment, except for the U.S.
Most countries have enacted a plan, that is working, except for the U.S.
Most deaths and infections are declining, some, like New Zealand with ALL of the above-mentioned criteria, to near zero, except for the U.S.

A History of Resurgence
History, though limited, tells us that a pandemic will have resurgences, multiple resurgences. Usually because people relax, and go to bars, restaurants, music, or Put-In-Bay. How many is unknown, how severe is unknown, but they have been very, very harsh in the past.  It took the Pandemic of 1918 seven years to go from Europe to the United States. It took COVID19 three months.

As far as I know, I have not been infected with COVID, though I am a higher risk body because of the auto-immune suppressant drugs I take for Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are multiple tradeoffs for 35 years of RA, with all the meds, bills and hoops, and I have made my peace with that for a quality of life with less pain.

In so many ways, I would welcome an end, to pain, blood work, infusions, waiting rooms, taking sick time from work for Dr.’s appointments, tests, shots of cortisone and epidurals, and spending a monster amount of money on those meds, treatments  and appointments.

Will You Murder Me Forever
I check my temperature daily and mask up whenever I am out and about, unless exercising.  Two of my friends have died after they caught COVID19. I have not changed the world, but I am in no rush to leave it. There is still work to do.

It is your body, and your choice, but I don’t wish to die for your choices. Especially when the choices have so little hardship for you. Your 30 minutes of freedom while shopping mean more than my life?

Your rights end where mine begin.  I have the right to shop too. I have the right to live, too. Masks may be uncomfortable for you, for the 30 minutes needed to get your food or whatever you are getting.  My dead life lasts far, far longer to my family, to my employees, and to me. Will you murder me forever, for your 30 minutes of comfort?

Nuair a stadann an ceol, stadann an rince
(When the music stops, so does the dance)

John

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