Nine months have come and gone since COVID-19 reared its ugly head. I first started hearing about it in March, but I guess now we know that it has been around probably since the end of last year.

Fast forward, December 2020. Most have learned much from this, both consciously and maybe even subconsciously.

Panic Sets In

I’ve never been a germaphobe, in fact, I continued eating street food after contracting dysentery in my early 20’s.  However, when warnings regarding COVID-19 started appearing everywhere, I noticed and began to obsess at how many times I was touching my face throughout the day, reading, thinking, or just day dreaming. 

I became more aware of people who sneeze into their hands, knowing millions of microscopic droplets were spraying everywhere. Could it reach me? 

I was sickened to see these same people touch the produce at the supermarket or grab a menu at the restaurant.

Probably this has been going on forever..but now it was different. We are now aware.

It is easy for panic to set in, but it is tough to overcome it.

Hoarding 

Apocalyptic movies have always been my favorite, but I never thought I would live to see toilet paper, water, and canned food flying off the shelves! “This only happens in movies,”- so I thought. 

Were our survival instincts kicking in?  Is it survival of the fittest?  In any case, stores took about a month to catch up with the increased demand.  I dare say that many became a hoarder in one way or another.

Denial and Disbelief

Whether political or not, the amount of disbelief that something truly as big as this pandemic was and is happening in our lifetime is beyond belief at times.  The immensity of people affected is staggering.

The mask issue and the reasons people cite for not wanting to wear them are frankly bizarre.  Medical personnel on the front lines report patients are actually on their death beds in ICU and still deny having COVID-19.

We have learned so much about people and society during this dark time, and we all wait for a vaccine, that some, still, might refuse. 

We must not only be safe and keep healthy physically but also keep our minds healthy. We must accept that wearing masks although uncomfortable has been medically proven to help save lives. Staying home, and social distancing will also help us make it through.