These are two words you don’t want to hear during a pandemic, but that’s exactly what Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she was feeling yesterday; “a sense of impending doom.”
John Hopkins reported 68,000 new Covid cases in the US on Monday.. that’s quite a jump. It was around 43,000 the day before and 51,000 a week earlier.
So what’s going on here?
I think if we sit down and scratch our chins for a minute, we’ll come up with a few ideas. We all saw the cringe-worthy pictures of Spring Break and let’s face it, you get that many people crowded together and you’re going to have a problem. Ditto at our southern border where 100,000 immigrants entered the United States in February alone. At a single facility detaining 766 children over 100 tested positive for Covid last Thursday. You get a bunch of people together at a wedding, a birthday, a concert, ANYWHERE and then disburse them to other places ..you’re going to have a problem.
And then there are the more contagious variants..
South America is in the fight of its life against the Brazilian variant “P1.” Brazil itself is logging over 3,000 fatalities a day and seeing a surge in serious illness and death amongst its younger population. Britain, Germany and others have banned people from Brazil. Spain, among others, now requires that the french entering its country produce a negative Covid result. Paris’ hospitals are spilling over with patients while many other countries within the EU are considering moving into hard lockdowns again.
“D” is for doom, but it’s also for deja-vu.
In big ways and small ways, we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.. with the same gun.
I know I have shared this with you before, but this reminds me of the moment I was backing out of my driveway years ago as Hurricane Andrew was bearing down on Miami. I had spent hours preparing our home as best as I could, blown up inner tubes for our three kids (just in case) and thrown them and some food and water into the car. As the four of us buckled in and prepared to evacuate, I glanced over at my neighbor’s house.. and there he was.. mowing the lawn in front of his home.. a home that within 24 hours would have no roof.
I guess what I’m saying is let’s not become so distracted by our own agendas and priorities that we lose sight of the (much, much) larger picture here.
You don’t have to live in fear, just use your head.
Get your vaccine.
Use common sense.
Share your common sense.