Olivia Herken: The pandemic nearly killed my mother, however she did not catch COVID | Columnists

My household did our half — my siblings, mother and father and I are all vaccinated, a few of us with boosters already — and the pandemic nonetheless nearly took my mother’s life.

This isn’t only a pandemic of a lethal virus. It’s additionally a pandemic of misinformation and a pandemic of a rushed want to get again to a “earlier than” we’re not but prepared for.

I’ve been looking and trying to find one thing profound to say that may change a number of minds right here. What I needed to say was easy: Get the vaccine, belief in info and use your voice if in case you have one.

However in actuality, these messages are simply white noise, already crushed to loss of life and filed away by folks too drained to pay attention, too numb to any voice exterior their very own.

As an alternative I’ve discovered myself questioning what the frenzy is.

Belief me, I’m able to get again to the conventional we as soon as knew, too. However hurrying again causes harm that may’t be undone, as a result of there are individuals who can’t return except we every do our half to make it protected for them.

If a few of us can transfer ahead like nothing has occurred, however our neighbors can’t, how truthful is that? If remaining unvaccinated is your method to preserve freedom over your personal physique, nevertheless it comes on the expense of others’ entry to well being care, how simply is that? How united is that? How true is that freedom? Ought to our future have area for our neighbors?