Mary Beth Writes

10/15/2021 

Note: The Covid Diary is not, apparently, going away this year either.

One of the confounding realities of the American Covid-19 crisis is this. So far (I just looked) 695,000 people are officially reported as having died of Covid, though it is suspected the actual number (not disguised by other sicknesses or conditions) is 804,000. Deaths. Our current population of 330,000,000. So about 1 of every 400 Americans has died. (Source here)

There are not yet good statistics on how many people are suffering or will suffer long-haul Covid, though the estimate is about 8 million people. (Source here) 

All this and yet we are still in the thick of a damned culture war about the vaccine. Many of us are cynical and bamboozled. Why are people refusing the vaccine in the face of this monstrous disease?

There are many reasons. I don’t know all of them but I think this is one.

People are naive. 

When I was 14 my 48-year-old dad died abruptly of a heart attack. In the ‘olden days’, however we define that, most people lost a family member to death early in their life. A baby lost to an infection that swamped their system. A sibling lost to a childhood disease. Moms lost in childbirth and tired dads in fraught jobs lost to accidents. It was usual to wake up one day to a world turned upside down by loss and grief. Everyone knew that.

By the time I lost my dad in 1967, it was more rare and thus more shocking.

One of the realities of life on earth that I learned through that experience, and which many of you know just as well as me, is that crises seldom arrive with a frame around them. There aren’t flashing lights and ominous weather and an impending sense that doom is now approaching.

Without being quite aware of how much we have internalized this – we expect death and mayhem to arrive with some kind of soundtrack. We expect the extra actors to disappear from the stage so that we don’t have to concentrate on anyone but the victim, perp, and possibly a hero. We have this unexamined sense that if something is going to devastate us, we will see it coming. 

What could possibly get us on a sunny afternoon on our way from one errand to another? We had a hard week at work, why wouldn’t we meet friends for couple beers? Who needs a bunch of shots when we are just ordinary decent folks with jobs and family and things to check off our to-do lists? Maybe folks are getting sick in poor and dirty homes in cities, but not here. Not among reasonable folks like us.

This is really all I have to say. That just because life is pleasant and the spaces we move through are well-kept and the people we encounter during the day are mannerly – doesn’t mean that Covid stopped being an airborne virus that can and will attack any person in which it can get a purchase.

I’m grateful for the vaccine. I’m okay with persistent light sweating inside my mask when I’m in public. I think fear and caution are reasonable sentiments for imaginative people.

The naivete of our nation boggles my soul and mind.

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