Covid (still?!)

DB Ryen

Tara asks when the pandemic is going to be over. 

[Keywords: Covid, virus, mutation, still, global, prognosis]

Length: Short, 637 words

Dr Ryen, what the heck is going on! We’ve been in this darned pandemic for nearly two years. It seems like everybody and their dog has caught it. People are slowly getting vaccinated. We’ve been isolating and quarantining and masking and not shaking hands. When’s this going to be over?! Sigh, I just want to get back to normal.

- Tara, Brockville, ON, Canada

Tara, you’ve spoken the words that have been on all our minds since this all started. Everyone is sick of Covid. This pandemic has us all a little crazy and there’s nothing we’d rather do than ditch all the regulations, vaccines, and quarantines and get on with our lives.


Here are a few of the many reasons why that hasn’t happened yet.



Covid is a nasty bug. The vaccine is safe, but the lack of uptake in the general population has allowed Covid to continue to spread. Will the vaccine work for future strains of Covid? Only time will tell. Above all, Covid has made everyone crazy - some are fearful, some are ambivalent, most are upset, and everyone is burned out. An almost-normal summer helped our mental health somewhat, but this latest Fourth Wave seems to be more than we can bear.


When is the end coming? Eventually. But there may be another virus right around the corner. I apologize if this is a dismal outlook, but our “normal” from 2018 is most likely gone for good. It’s time for us all to find a new normal. So go get vaccinated (if you haven’t already), wash your hands often, and don’t stop praying.

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