Happy Saint Patrick's Day! The pubs are closed.
It’s not like I really celebrate. I didn’t even celebrate when I was in university when nearly everyone skipped classes to get raging drunk. I supposedly have some Irish heritage, so when I was in high school and a good Christian girl, I would wear orange instead of green to show my Irish, protestant history. Now I only wear the first thing I grabbed in my closet lineup.
Right now, most of us are on edge. I live in an area that hasn’t been hit yet, but the whole state has shut down, as has the rest of the country. Most of the world has too. I waver between fear that we will forever live like the apocalypse has come or blase apathy because my life really isn’t all that different and things will go back to normal in a few weeks or months.
And truly, nothing much has changed for the Wallace family. I’m still unemployed. My parents are still retired. My brother still goes to work at the bank. I just can’t buy toilet paper or spend time at the local diner or coffee shop. But at least I will have an excuse to stay inside to play Animal Crossing when it comes out.
I think about this time and wonder what history books will say. Will this be a time brushed over and not remembered. Or will this be a detailed report where future children will wonder what it would have been like to live in such a situation. Kind of like the black plague or typhoid.
I worry about other people. The people I don’t know. I worry for those in areas that have had breakouts. How scary it must be, wondering if you’ll be next, if you already have the virus and don’t know it. I’m scared for the people who work “nonessential” jobs. Will they still have some form of income? Will they be able to get through the next few weeks without pay? How many will die because they can’t afford to live any longer?
If I get sick, I will be fine. I’m young and fit enough that it’s not a concern. I have my unemployment benefits to float me. Even if I didn’t, I was able to make a savings account. My family will not worry about finances.
People talk about a cure being made… but I wonder if there could ever be one? This is not bacterial, like the previously mentioned pandemics. This is viral, strands of RNA that infect cells. And because it is RNA, a virus’s evolution is much faster than beings with cells. If a cure is made, will it matter? We have to have a flu shot every year for a reason, and even then, it’s only for a specific stand of influenza. I am no doctor nor scientist, but I still wonder.
Please don’t take my wondering as assuming that we will all die. I don’t believe that. It is just questions I have.
One thing about this though… while covid-19 has forced us to all be physically separated, it’s still brought humanity together. The solidarity that is showing up around the world through the internet warms my heart. Below, I linked a video from The Guardian that shows examples (not sponsored).
This is a scary time, a nerve wracking time, but do remember to keep out for your fellow human. Be kind and remember to wash your hands.