All of us have watched and experienced to the fullest, nearly everything the pandemic has thrown at us.
Some have lost loved ones. Others have lost businesses and their jobs. Many others cannot pay their rent or meet their mortgage obligations. Many, many thousands of people now unemployed cannot find jobs.
In the meantime, the economy sputters along.
Mostly everyone in the restaurant business is trying to survive. For restaurant employees and gig workers who work for themselves, the pandemic has been a disaster.
At least the next Stimulus package will provide for adequate unemployment compensation to carry these displaced employees for months to come, and to provide checks for families making $150,000 or less and for younger people out on their own over 18.
Small businesses will qualify for aid and on and on.
The conundrum comes because we are again lulling ourselves into complacency as though the pandemic is over.
It is not over.
Two-thousand people a day are dying all over the nation. Seventy-thousand is being infected every day.
This pandemic has taken 500, 000 lives and made millions sick.
In one year, the world, our world has changed.
The nation forced to close down for a while. All public schools and universities closed down. Bars and major sporting events with large crowds ceased. Crowds of every kind evaporated. All our great cities became ghost towns with thou- sands of small businesses going out of business overnight. Then came a partial reopening followed by a giant spike in COVID-19 cases across the land and here in Everett.
For a long time, masks weren’t required, science wasn’t paid attention to, and what was bad got worse.