It’s 2022 and since March of 2020, we have been in the middle of a pandemic and personally, where I live in, in a one form of lockdown or another. From a full out stay at home order to various steps and stages, life has not been normal in a long time. And I hate it. Now, some might argue, this is the new normal. But I reject that as all of these measures were supposed to be temporary. And instead, just as it starts getting better, each time, we take a step or two or even three, backwards, into lockdowns. And I’m honestly just so tired of it.
I want to make it clear, I do not believe that Covid isn’t serious. I am not against vaccines either. But I have questioned the measures governments have taken since the beginning of this pandemic, and I’m at the point where I can’t make sense of any of it anymore. Here are my issues.
Vaccinated and Still in Lockdown
This is my current biggest beef with the measures the Ontario government has taken. If I am not mistaken, over 80% of our population is fully vaccinated (two doses) if not more. You had to present proof of vaccination to dine indoors or work out at the gym. But, early in January 2022, they closed down gyms, schools, and indoor dining again due to Omicron. Caps were also reduced as to how many people could gather indoors (as in guests in your home etc). And I’m having trouble figuring out why. Many of us even have the booster shot, so I’m wondering why we are again being restricted. I don’t believe that yo-yoing between open and closed is sustainable for society, so I’m left puzzling as to the logic of these measures.
They say masking helps reduce the spread…I have seriously doubted this since the very beginning, but I do wear masks and am not opposed to them entirely. But in relation to what I discussed above, I am again left dumbfounded as if masking works, coupled with vaccinations and social distancing…why have they locked us down again?? Is it because to eat and work out you need to remove the masks? But then, only those with the vaccines are allowed in those venues, so where’s the logic there? Sure, you can still catch and spread Covid and be vaccinated…but the idea was that it would be less likely and that you’d get less sick. So again, I’m concerned about this measure as it seems that if there are always going to be variants, then we are always going to be masking and locking down and then opening up. At least, based on the trends I’ve seen over the past two years.
Frankly, I think these are hugely inappropriate. It is up to each individual how to maintain their health. Mandating that people must be vaccinated to work is authoritarian and frightening in my eyes. It is not a measure to protect public health. A measure to protect public health would be ensuring that everyone has access to clean drinking water. Or to vaccines. Not to mandate that people must take vaccines.
Restricting Only the Unvaccinated
Again, authoritarian and frightening. I do not believe, given that the vaccinated can catch and spread Covid, that the unvaccinated are the cause of continuing cases or variants. Nor do I believe that such measures protect the unvaccinated. They are fully aware of the option to vaccinate, have access to vaccines and know the potential consequences to their health should they not vaccinate themselves. It’s up to them to manage their health and activities, not governments. I do not support the government’s actions in these measures at all.
We Live in Strange and Troubling Times
I know that no one could have predicted this pandemic. And I know that no government was equipped with dealing with such a crisis. And I know it’s easy for us on the outside to sit and judge. We are living in strange times, but also I find troubling times. It concerns me deeply to see people divided over vaccines, over mask wearing and to lay the responsibility upon all their peers and neighbours to do things (like wear masking) that their neighbours find problematic, or impossible. It reminds of me when in World War I people gave white feathers to those not enlisted in the war, calling them out, calling them a coward without knowing why a man was not enlisted. Or caring. It troubles me that we are so quick to judge without even trying to understand.
Writing about the pandemic isn’t something I dove into without serious thought. It’s a polarizing topic. A touchy subject. But is a subject relevant to all of us, and a subject we ought to be looking at critically and seriously. And one is that is highly biased, and has been since the very beginning. I don’t have answers anymore than anyone else, but I thought it was important to put some questions out there, to be honest and say my piece because silence is just as troubling as some the measures I describe as frightening. It indicates that some of us are afraid to speak our minds, lest we be misunderstood, attacked or dismissed. I am not afraid. I’m just muddling through like everyone else, trying to understand why are doing what we are doing. And I’m afraid much of it isn’t for our health and well being, but rather, for policy. And that is deeply troubling too.
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