Safety measures have been established by public health agencies since the pandemic was declared in mid-March. And those measures have been followed by most of the people for most of the time.
But COVID fatigue has settled in – as well as a false sense of security – for some folks.
Some have even grown tired of wearing masks.
And so rules have been broken.
But is there ever a time when it’s OK to break the rules? Such as at Christmas?
It’s a question to consider, especially when there is a growing rate of infection and an increase in active COVID cases in Ontario.
Public health officials are advising to make sacrifices now, since a vaccine is on the horizon. But the vaccine won’t possibly be here for any of us before Christmas.
It’s tricky. If people have been wearing masks, keeping their distance, and isolating since the start of the pandemic, why would they stop now?
Indeed, why take the risk, even if it is Christmas?
The generations that lived during the past century endured much worst than this. They survived war, economic calamity during the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu. They stood their ground. They sacrificed. They waited for better times.
We’ve had only nine months of COVID, but some of us are understandably exhausted by the ordeal.
And there is a vaccine coming. There is an end in sight. And so would changing up the Christmas holiday and the usual traditions – just this one time – be that terrible?
Oddly, we’re being asked to make this unusual sacrifice at a time when the number of cases are climbing. Nine months ago, when the pandemic was fresh on our minds and the number of local cases was relatively small, we probably would have done almost anything that was asked of us. But it seems to be more difficult now.
Little has really changed, folks. We’re still being asked to wear masks. We’re still being asked to wash our hands and to keep our distance from each other, or at least from those who are outside our household or ‘bubble’.
Little has changed – and yet everything has changed.
Why? Because it’s Christmas.
But the virus won’t take a break for Christmas.
Yet the bottom line is that making the sacrifice this Christmas might mean a fuller table next Christmas.
– Kathleen Smith