Most of us here on Cake have been aware of the Sars Cov 2 virus, and its associated Covid 19 illness, for almost a year now, here in the western nations.
We listen to the daily new casts or read the daily new reports about the effects of the pandemic, the number of folks sick, the number of hospitalisations, and the number of deaths, and they just seem to relentlessly keep rising, with more new variants of the virus almost every day. None the less, life seems to go on. Talking heads talk, and politicians pontificate.
When the pandemic began it was a foreign illness, then an illness on the coastal states of the USA, and finally has spread across all 50 states.
Gradually, as last year progressed, I began to hear from friends and aquaintances that they had had Covid 19. Fortunately, almost all of them were under 50 or 60 years of age, in otherwise good health, and they all seemed to recover without hospitalizations, or more than a minor illness. I know well over a dozen aquaintances and a several family members who have passed through the Covid storm and recovered without late issues.
Many folks have even come to think the illness is not really as dangereous as the news media portray it.
Today I received a telephone call from my office where I practiced for almost 40 years, that an individual whom I worked with daily, much of that time, did not survive their Covid 19 illness this week end. They were less than 55 years of age.
It is remarkable how we can read about 400,000 deaths, and just a single one of them, can have such an impact on us. They were not a close family member, but I worked with them and spoke to them daily for over 25 years, and find their absence quite distressing.
One cannot fathom the distress being experienced by our nation with over 400,000 current deaths, with substantially more predicted. I have even found predictions of well over 500,000 before summer starts......... Some predictions are even a lot higher than that.....
I wonder how many other readers here on Cake have had similar experiences...