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ASK AMY: Offering hope regarding the unending pandemic

ASK AMY: Offering hope regarding the unending pandemic

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Dear Amy: I’ve noticed in many replies about COVID-19, that you and many others have said things like, “When this is over, we can get together” or “When we reach the end of the virus, the life will return to normal.

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In my mind, we are now two years into what was supposed to be 14 days. When is everyone going to realize that this virus will never go away?!

For me, except for work, I am completely isolated from the world – except for the internet.

I would love to go out like I did before the pandemic, but I don’t see it ending.

Why keep people hopeful and not prepare them for what could be forever?

– Above and Hopeless

Dear Desperate: As of this writing, we are experiencing an alarming increase in hospitalizations as the pandemic enters its third year.

Yes, the end seems to recede with every passing complication, but the reason people keep hope alive is because… the pandemic will end, just as the pandemics that preceded it also went from pandemic to “endemic” .

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This virus will not go away, but the pandemic will transition to endemic status, and the virus that causes COVID-19 will become one of many viruses sweeping through Earth’s human and animal population, mutating and sweeping again. Vaccines, drugs, and remedies that treat symptoms will help people cope with the virus.

According to the World Health Organization, the only viral disease we humans have ever completely eradicated is smallpox, which has plagued the planet for thousands of years. Today, the only remaining pathogens of smallpox exist in laboratories.

The viruses that caused other pandemics and epidemics – including polio – still exist, but we live with them, mitigating the risks.

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Your choice to trust some initial reports that it would last two weeks was understandable, but this viral outbreak didn’t last two weeks.

After the tragedy of September 11, we have adapted to our “new normal”. Nations rise and fall; natural disasters upset our landscape. Life can be very hard.

In terms of physical and mental health, you can get out – and you should get out. You should spend as much time as possible outdoors. You can safely meet people for walks or visits outside. You can minimize the risks to your health and the health of others by wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands well. Humans are social beings, and spending safe time with other people will be good for your health.

You can also examine your internet use to see what is helping you and what might be hurting your mental health.

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Also, take a book. There are many ways to experience the richness of being in the world. Reading a good novel is one of them.

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Dear Amy: My late husband was a much admired scout leader. He has received many handmade gifts from his scouts over the years.

He’s been gone for over two years and I’m doing my best to go through his (many) things and decide what to keep and what to give away.

My adult children don’t want those particular memories made by others, and I don’t know what to do with them.

Is it rude to give them to the person who gave the gift?

– Worried Widow

Dear Worried: Not only is it not rude, but I think it’s extremely generous and thoughtful to gift these handmade things to the original creator.

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They are artifacts from another era, and if you are able to return these treasures to the people who made them, then they can make their own decisions about what to do with them.

Write a short note, telling the recipient that your husband enjoyed his Scouting experience and cherished the memory for decades – and now you hope this handmade item will bring back fond memories for you, in a new home .

Dear Amy: “Worried Grandfather” worried about the weight of his young grandsons. You suggested he speak gently to his son about it.

A word of warning. I told my (former) daughter-in-law about our grandson’s weight when he was young, and she never spoke to us again.

– Was there

Dear summer there: Weight is an extremely sensitive subject and family members often wish to express their concern.

I never heard of this working as intended.

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