It has been two years since our first lockdown due to the mysterious respiratory disease dubbed COVID-19 or more recently called the coronavirus. Discovered in the Wuhan Lab after much speculation and some leaks coming out about its origin we now still face the Omnicron variant. This variant has raised concerns about how much longer will the coronavirus pandemic last.
In totality, more than 5 million people have died since the first case in Wuhan, China. The majority of people around the world have lived under some form of a lockdown with 54% of our global population having had one vaccination — despite shots being given here and around the world rather irregularly. Now we do know much more about coronavirus and how to treat it. Sadly for us, the end still isn’t in sight.
This is the world’s pandemic journey over the last two years:
- “Dec. 8, 2019: The first known patient in Wuhan, China experiences symptoms of a disease that would later be identified as COVID-19.
- Feb. 23, 2020: Italy becomes the first country outside of China to impose a lockdown. Much of Europe, and later the world, will follow suit.
- March 11, 2020: The WHO declares a pandemic. 4,616 deaths have been recorded.
- April 2020: School closures affect 82% of the world’s students, according to UNESCO.
- Sept. 28, 2020: The world crosses 1 million deaths, with the U.S. and Brazil recording the most deaths.
- December 2020: The FDA authorizes the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use Dec. 11, followed by the Moderna vaccine Dec. 18.
- March 24, 2021: With a brutal second wave taking hold, powered by the Delta variant, India suspends vaccine exports. India will become the global pandemic epicenter.
- Early July, 2021: After falling sharply in the spring, cases begin to rise again in both the U.S. and EU, with the unvaccinated hit hardest.
- July 29, 2021: Israel announces that it will begin administering booster shots, starting a trend across most wealthy countries.
- Nov. 1, 2021: The official worldwide death count hits 5 million.
- Nov. 5, 2021: Half of the global population has had at least one shot.
- Nov. 25, 2021: South Africa reports the Omicron variant.” (Source)
I resent when people, particularly in the U.S. call this a scamdemic. 2020 was a sad year for my family marked by my father’s death. Not due to the pandemic, but congestive heart failure. However, it saddens me that his last year was spent wearing masks, no visitors at the hospital, and an unrelenting disease in its own right. Like many who died on a ventilator from coronavirus died similarly to my father on a ventilator. He was alone and a stranger comforted him until he became comatose.
The pandemic stopped us all in our tracks. It made us reflect on ourselves, our loved ones, become more mindful of others and their needs. My father fought for his life while others whine this was a scamdemic? That disgusts me. I could not visit my father and am grateful for our last facetime call which barely lasted a minute before he was intubated. If I had been there I would have stayed with him but the pandemic prevented that. It prevented many of us from doing the things we needed to do, wanted to do for our family, friends, and neighbors.
Perhaps to many, this pandemic was a scam, lockdowns, masks, draconian measures. For me it was a time to reflect on my life, to get my priorities straight, and to realize that no matter what — no matter how bad a situation is — no matter how much I have lost, I am blessed to still be alive. I realized this too will pass and at the end of the day that is what matters. Be patient, be kind, life is too short for all the arguing and fighting going on in D.C. about who is to blame. I do believe most did the best they could even when it was not good enough.