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Glimpses of Post-Pandemic Life

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Jerry's Weekly Newsletter

April 11 · Issue #14 · View online

I'm Jerry, a software engineer, YouTuber, and blogger. Every weekend I write about some thoughts, life lessons, and interesting things I came by for the week. I'd love for you to join.


Hi friends,
The COVID-19 global pandemic has undoubtedly taken the world by storm and forced many of us to change our lifestyles. Many have suffered hardship, and many lives will never go back to being the same. That being said, there is a glimmer of hope.
All Americans Eligible For Vaccine On May 1
Up to now, the FDA has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the vaccines, and the priority goes to healthcare workers, essential workers, and the like.
Here’s a list of dates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process, straight from the US Department of Health & Human Services.
I'm Cautiously Optimistic
But mostly optimistic. Maybe because I want to be, and maybe because I can’t wait to socialize like normal again. I’m tired of socially distanced hangouts and having to wear masks.
I mean, I will continue to practice good hygiene behaviors, like washing my hands frequently and applying hand sanitizer often. But the pandemic has undoubtedly taken a toll on many of us, and it’s about time to go back to normal.
What's The New Normal?
I get it… some people will claim that normal won’t be the same. And I don’t completely disagree.
But it hasn’t been that long since we’ve lived life without a pandemic, and most of us have far more years of experience living without a pandemic than with a pandemic.
At the end of the day, humans are social creatures. We thrive in community and shrivel in isolation. Even countries are like that. When China started shutting itself off from the world in the early 15th century, it missed out on crucial technological advances (industrial revolution, renaissance, weaponized gunpowder, steam engine, etc.) that put it behind the formerly lagging European nations. Humans can miss out on stuff too, and it negatively impacts us psychologically.
People need to gather together. Workers need to go back to the office. Students need to go back to school. Kids need to play with other kids. Family needs to gather together, especially with the elderly.
Of course, there will be certain exceptions. Some people may prefer to continue working remotely if they have the option. Some students may thrive in an online environment. Others may prefer to be geographically untethered.
But I’m willing to bet everything will eventually be 90% normal again.
Thanks again for indulging me with your time. See you next time!
Best,
Jerry
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