When numbers get higher and higher, they become more and more meaningless and incomprehensible. The numbers lose value, and the shock element that might have been present at the start, begins to fade away.
On the 1st of October 2020, I wrote an article titled “1 Million” (https://thelevinelowdown.com/2020/10/01/1-million/)
On the 17th of January 2021, I wrote an article titled “2 Million” (https://thelevinelowdown.com/2021/01/17/2-million/)
In only another 3 months, another 1 million people have passed away from COVID-19. It’s impossible to rationalise. I can’t differentiate between 3 million and 2 million in my head, but I must attempt. I have to try because I can’t let these numbers become meaningless. They are people, and they have lost their lives due to the global pandemic.
The post is a reminder to me, and hopefully to you, that although the news about vaccines has overwhelmed the news about the negative consequences of the virus, thousands of people are still losing their lives to COVID-19 every day. I am incredibly grateful to be in Australia, a country that has eradicated the virus from the community and can now travel overseas to New Zealand.
We no longer hear about the devastation of the virus. We only hear about the progress of the vaccine rollout and the new freedoms we can enjoy. There’s a widespread belief in Australia that the pandemic has passed, and everything will be back to normal shortly. I admit at times, I can completely forget about the pandemic and ignore its continued impact.
More people contracted COVID-19 globally in the last week than any other previous week. Although Australia has eradicated the virus, worldwide, the virus has never been more infectious and dangerous to citizens.
To those outside Australia, I can only imagine the pain and frustration that you feel as you continue to battle a virus that has been present in society for well over a year. However, there is great hope in positive changes coming sooner than ever. Vaccine rollouts have begun in most nations, and relief from restrictions will occur. Remain resilient and continue to listen to the guidelines provided by local authorities.
No one wants to hear about COVID-19 anymore; however, we must remember that the virus continues to cause widespread destruction, and that damage isn’t limited to human health. The impact of a pandemic transcends the health consequences. It affects jobs, family relationships, and basic human necessities.
Remember that there is still and will always be hope.