Just when you thought it was safe to leave the house, it seems the Delta variant is coming to take out any scattered survivors left after the initial waves of destruction:
(CNN) — Covid-19 vaccination rates are down and cases are on the rise, exacerbated by the more transmissible Delta variant — and an expert says the key to winning the race against the spread is getting more Americans vaccinated.
“We’re losing time here. The Delta variant is spreading, people are dying, we can’t actually just wait for things to get more rational,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health told CNN Wednesday.
There’s no dole. Theoretically everyone gets a free bag of rice and some tins of sardines but mostly it gets pinched before it reaches anyone who needs it. There’s meant to be some money, too – not yet met anyone who’s got any.
Lots of hungry people.
Theft and drug dealing both up.
Uncertainty and inconsistency about the rules. There was supposed to be outdoor dining but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Greasing palms can help in obtaining permits for limited capacity operation.
The world’s bizarre reaction to the pandemic has reinforced this notion.
Life is a bit depressing at the moment. If you’re still chipper, you haven’t been paying attention. Hint: this shit is never going to end.
Softening the blow for me is that I’m middle-aged and have already tasted the fruits of freedom when I was young enough to fully enjoy them. I lived overseas, travelled to many countries and was able to drop home once or twice a year to visit family.
That sort of life will not be possible from now on. I know some of you think it will. I need make no argument except: wait and see. Travel from now on will be expensive and highly restricted. Mostly for the rich.