The saddest part of this is that experts are right; there is going to be another surge, and it could be ridiculously hard. Why?
- More Americans went travelling for Christmas than any time since, well, LAST Christmas, and we’re already in a surge
- There’s a new viral version known to be more easily transferred to others.
So, it’s as sure as arithmetic. There IS going to be a big surge.
I’m further saddened personally, because the large aerospace defense company I work for has, over the last few weeks since Thanksgiving, seriously tightened up their guidelines for minimizing transmission at work to the point where people are being disciplined if they continue disregarding them.
And the pictures from the airports are clear; it simply isn’t possible to intelligently social distance when traveling in holiday travel rush. Period.
They have also repeatedly warned us about holiday travel. But for all of that, several people I work with (and sometimes for) are traveling to spend time with family.
Some of these people have been recently required to isolate after people they closely worked with either tested ‘positive’ or tested positive and were sick. (So far no one’s died, thank Goddess.)
So, I’m spending my Christmas break keeping to myself and tagging up with people online, relaxing, exercising, eating and sleeping in turn while hoping like hell everyone who’s traveling is being more careful than they ever thought they could, so that my certainty of bad things coming is wrong.
I’d like that a lot.
S/SGT, USMC, -ex