That’s good progress, right? Forward momentum, even if taken slowly, even if having to slow down to an almost complete stop, even if a step back is taken here and there.
Ideally, what we want is to keep the hospitals from being overwhelmed. We want to test for antibodies as well as illness. We want the least deaths possible. We don’t want a collapse of the economy, especially not at the cost of those already marginalized and/or previously suffering economic injustices. Right?
The video from yesterday states that overall there will probably be no significant difference between countries that isolated and quarantined everyone and those that didn’t. But that doesn’t mean hospitals and morgues have the capacity to help everyone that would get sick if we opened the country up full swing. Does it?
There was an interesting article in the New York times about a social end to a pandemic vs a medical end and that those two don’t usually coincide. History will write this out and decide when it really will be over. Here is a synapses of it.
I have absolutely no idea, honestly. I’m glad I’m not calling the shots because there is no happy ending here. Lives are being lost, people are suffering, there seems little way to rapidly reverse the economic issues created, and we are all still trudging along with no real directive. Each state is grasping at straws trying to figure out their own strategy. It’s sad to see so much distress happening and no uniting voice in this country.
But I get that there are no easy answers, no ready-made solutions, no magic wand for pandemics or most disasters in general.
I cried today as I watched the sun setting and the clouds meandering by and I wondered, hoped and prayed that something truly great can come of all this suffering and angst. Then I cried more because that seems almost impossible.
But it felt really good to cry.
Sweet dreams world.