A Very Covid Christmas

The thing a lot of Aussies have been dreading leading up to Christmas has happened. We’ve had a Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, resulting in the rest of the Australian states closing their borders. Fun times.

I was due to leave to visit my family in Queensland in just a few days. After a full year of not seeing them in person, I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to heading up there. I mean, it is what it is. But still. It’s shitty and it’s sad.

It’s evident that the effects of shutting an entire country down are just as devastating as a virus spreading through and wiping out thousands. How do we move past this? The fact of the matter is – there’s no quick fix. We can self-isolate and quarantine all we want, but while the rest of the world is still in strife and we’re accepting international flights, there’s no way to guarantee a stop to cases in any part of the nation. You can’t stop international flights until a vaccine is developed and distributed, nor can you lock people away for that long. It’s inevitable that cases will continue to pop up.

This isn’t the first disappointment that Covid has dropped on us all, and it definitely won’t be the last.

The hardest part is sitting in constant limbo. We’re ok for a few weeks, then we’re hit again. We’re ok for a month, then we’re right back at it again with new cases. Until we have a vaccine, this is how we live. There’s no getting around that.

It’s so strange to think that future generations will look back on this time in a similar way as to how we look back on the Black Plague. Obviously Covid-19 isn’t anywhere near as horrifying as the Black Plague and we’ve got medical advancements and technology to help us through. Oh, and there will be millions of memes to show that it hasn’t all been doom and gloom and we’re just as sarcastic and hilarious as we always are, even in the face of a global pandemic. It’s still strange to think that we’re living through such a crazy point in the history of the world though.

I hope you’re all keeping safe and well and are able to at least video call with your loved ones if you can’t reach them in person. I’ve still got my partner’s wonderful family to celebrate with so I’m thankful for that. It’s important to find things to be thankful for when you’re hit with news that’s…not ideal, to say the least. Let me know in the comments what you’re thankful for this holiday season so I can get those good, good endorphins going to counter the shitty feels of the past few days.

Have as wonderful of a Chritsmas as you can everyone!

Until next time,

Kates

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