Community Affairs Consultants
|Posted on March 11, 2021 at 11:05 AM|
In my household here in Washington, DC, we have marked March 13, 2020, as the official start of the impact of COVID-19 upon our lives. It was on that fateful Friday back in 2020, and soon after the World Health Organization (WHO), on March 11, had declared the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic, that my two younger school-aged children - one at High School, the other at Middle School, were dismissed from their classes by District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) because of the pandemic. My older College Grad sons continued to tough it out in the world in their careers in New York and in Florida.
As of today, March 12, 2021, my sons are yet to actually sit in their respective 10th Grade and 8th Grade classes since being upended from their 9th and 7th Grade classes a-year-ago. School has been all virtual for a year and I'm glad to report that my sons have successfully adapted to the new norms of education as demonstrated by their continued As on their class subjects. Moreover, their tutoring of other students in both Math and Chinese have helped them cope with the needed changes both socially and emotionally.
We have been very fortunate and healthy that no relative thus far has become infected with COVID-19, thanks to our ability to stay and to work at home and to the following of scientific health guidelines meant to protect against and to limit the spread of the very deadly pathogen. In addition to an airline cancelled trip back to China, which we had planned for Summer 2020, my family has not been too terribly affectedz by COVID-19.
Yet, we emphatize with the over 118.7 million people worldwide infected by COVID-19 thus far, including our fellow 29.3 million Americans, and tragically, we weep for those killed by COVID-19 - 2.6 million globally, including a stark and sad 531,000 Americans. Back on March 13, 2020, global COVID-19 cases numbered 135,000 with 4,900 deaths. In the United States (US), infections stood at 1,700 and deaths at 40.
It has been a year of hell and suffering for too many people. Government mixed-messaging from the defeated Donald Trump administration from objections to wearing facial masks, to lockdowns and to objections of science - all, played a role in prolonging the COVID-19 disease and deaths across the US, while vaccines were fast tracked.
Today, now with a rational President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris at the helm of American hope and government, optimism is rising that even amid new and more contagious variants of COVID-19, that the pandemic could finally be successfully mitigated in 2021. In other words, an end to living under COVID-19 could now be envisioned.