We all know someone like this. A year ago, they said Covid19 was overblown. During the first 6-9 months of the pandemic, they insisted that we should ignore Dr. Fauci and listen to "evidence over hysteria." That the corona virus is just like the flu. That they don't know anyone who has it. And even if they did catch it, hydroxychloroquine will "work just fine" because Trump says so. That it's been delightful to flout social distancing at restaurants with friends or at family gatherings.
Today it's different, isn't it? Now we all know someone who has had it. Some of us know people who died. A lot of the same people who complained about masks are now waiting in line to get the vaccine.
29 million Americans -- including me -- have been diagnosed with the corona virus. 524,000 Americans are dead. Heartbreaking. I'm sorry that so much tragedy has brought us here.
|The Harrises and the Bidens at the ceremony honoring Covid19 victims, 1/21|
I wish that, one year ago, we'd had national leadership that took a sober, serious approach to the corona virus. I wonder how many fewer cases we would have had.*
I'm still trying to make peace with this preventable tragedy. I saw a prayer for those who have died, and for those who are finally going to lead us out of this.
*Here's an article about last fall's Rose Garden superspreader event, written from a medical standpoint. Bad examples were set, and there were painful consequences. I hope everyone remembers this when they vote in 2022 and 2024.