The Last One of These Lasted 2 and a Half Years?!
"This could last well into May."
Then the Summer of 2020 was over.
Then the Fall of 2020 was over.
" ... stay home, don't gather in areas with lots of people and don't travel long distances to visit with family ... stay home."
But I decided there is a better way of expressing "common and actual facts are available by searching the internet on your own." But you need to be careful. You need to be able to exercise some degree of skill in differentiating fact from fiction. For example: It is a fact that the last time people on this planet experienced anything like this was in the year 1918. Most people called it "The Spanish Flu" although it had other names. But it is *not* a fact that there is a:
" ... disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And there is a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that."
(There are some things that just don't sound right when heard or seen. Which apparently has no bearing on whether or not people will believe things like that when they hear them based primarily on who says them.)
Here's a good article from Smithsonian Magazine that compares (and distinguishes differences) between the 1918 pandemic -- that we collectively forgot about that one until this one snuck up on us. Important to note is that "you can't really compare the two." The article explains some of the differences.
As of not too many months ago (is "It's only been a year" an exaggeration?) it didn't seem that anyone had learned a lot since 1918. Although that may not be exactly accurate.
Except for the fact that occasional mentions were made over the past year in the televised (or 'streaming') news programs (ooo! See? I'm 'current' and 'with it'!) and other media outlets like " ... we have not experienced anything like this pandemic since 1918 ... ", some apparently did learn from prior history that to 'wear masks, maintain social distancing, and close the schools' seemed like a good way to prevent the spread of the flu.
While many people alive today may have even learned 'pandemic lessons' from history (by Googling 'Spanish Flu'), it is possible that some may have preferred to sound more current and authoritative by claiming 'According to the CDC ... ' or 'According to Dr. Fauci ...' or 'According to the Johns Hopkins map ...' because nobody wants to claim that they know what they know or think what they think based on something from 1918.
And masks were different back then. I would imagine that it wasn't very easy to get a 'Hello Kitty' mask or a fashion-coordinated mask to go with your various outfit colors. Masks then were made of gauze or other materials even more porous. Who'd wanna wear those?
Also unlike 2020/2021, they couldn't put together vaccinations in record time against the pandemic they experienced in 1918. And the recommended method then to reduce the chances of getting sick pretty much amounted to - like this time around: 'wash your hands and wear a mask'. We're now all looking forward to reaching 'herd immunity' via vaccinations. Well, via vaccinations distributed as widely as possible *after* well over a half million people died in the United States alone since the pandemic began.
Sometimes I wonder if some people last year weren't thinking 'just let it go' and handle it like they did a hundred years ago. "It'll eventually go away after enough people get sick."
In 1918, like now, lots of people didn't like being told what to do by their government either. Just like this time around, some people even thought wearing masks was a bad practice. They held rallies and parties where nobody wore a mask (in a show of defiance of being told what to do) which ended up making the virus spread faster and making more people sicker faster.
One public service announcement from the Red Cross then even went so far as to publicly state: " ... the man or woman or child who will not wear a mask now is a dangerous slacker." I don't think the Red Cross would be allowed to put out a commercial like that nowadays. President Biden said that wearing one is patriotic ... a little different than telling someone they're an idiot because they don't.
That last pandemic lasted 2.5 years. We just hit the 1 year-mark today.
This is why I think so many people now, like those during the last pandemic the world experienced, are so impatient to 'return to normal.' It's inconvenient. They can't work and they're *just wanting to 'go back to work'.* Don't care how. Don't care why. They just know that they can't pay bills so they're just wanting to *just go back to work*. This time, however, because of the internet, there really is going to be 'a new normal.'
We were talking about something entirely different at the time and we laughed. But that sentence may sum up this whole stupid post and explain why we are in the situation we're in.