A Post-COVID World?
I found myself in my favorite local (somewhat local) restaurant yesterday asking, are we in a post-COVID world…yet?
What Is a Post-COVID World?
First of all, I hate this expression. I don’t think we’ll ever be fully past COVID.
But I also remember back to when Thaddeus had first read about this emerging novel virus. His response seemed overly reactionary to me at the time. I’m not sure anymore what he read, but he was certain we would go into lock-down before most people had even heard of COVID-19. He insisted that we go to Costco immediately and pick up canned goods that would last us through a few months if necessary.
We did go to Costco before the masses went and wiped out the supplies of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. And it turned out that we really hadn’t needed a case of canned chicken. But Thaddeus’ ideas about what this virus would look like was pretty accurate.
He also didn’t want to tell me, but he knew immediately that I’d have to cancel the Men’s Knitting Retreat that was scheduled for May of 2020. It seemed unthinkable. Surely this would resolve before then.
Fast forward a little more than 3 years laters.
We just had a successful May Men’s Knitting Retreat with 35 guys. No masks, but we did confirm vaccination and a negative COVID test for all of the guys before arriving.
The assisted living place we visit every week to see our friend Charles still has us fill out a screening form where we note our latest booster shot date and our current body temperature. But there are no masks. And no restrictions on hanging out in common areas. In fact, they’ve even re-opened the dining room to outside guests if Charles wants to share a meal with us.
We went back to our favorite local-ish restaurant yesterday. The staff were wearing masks, but none of the diners were. We even considered that the staff were wearing masks because of the smoke from wildfires here in the Northeast. But we were inside with air conditioning. I would guess the masks were for COVID prevention.
Overall, I will say that planning for future events (like the Men’s Knitting Retreats) has become less worrisome. I’m back to taking for granted that we will be able to meet safely and stay in good health. Ticks seemed to be a bigger concern this past May than COVID. COVID-related deaths in the U.S. are under 1,000 per week. And as we plan for the September NorthEast Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat, I will again question whether we need to confirm vaccinations/boosters and get proof of a negative test result.
How’s your life looking lately related to COVID?
Current Tunisian Crochet
I continued to make so good progress on the current cotton cardigan.
I finished the top/back sections and have just started the top/front/right section. Soon onto the sleeves!