According to Wikipedia, on this day in 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 was a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern". At the time the WHO was making their pronouncement I was reading stories about the virus in the newspaper, but the pandemic seemed far away. However, in early March of 2020 a local college student who had been studying in Italy came home, then tested positive.
Things went downhill from there.
Emergency public health orders were put into place. The mantra was that if we could flatten the curve for six weeks we would be in good shape. (And everyone believed it. How naive that sounds now.) It didn't take long for the pandemic to be politicized. Our County Council has spent a lot of time arguing over mask mandates, and the state governor wasn't a particular fan of them either.
There was, and still is, a lot of vaccine hesitancy in this state. Only 54% of people are fully vaccinated. I am in that slim majority that are. A lot of people think that if they're vaccinated they no longer have to wear a mask. I am not in that category either. Even though the research says that fully vaccinated and boosted people who get Covid will have very minor symptoms, they still need to quarantine. I have no desire to do that! I also don't want to inadvertently infect someone if I have an asymptomatic case.
When will the pandemic end? No one knows. I'm hopeful, though, that I won't be updating this post in another two years.