It’s Been 4 Years Since COVID Hit
And it feels like a nightmare still
I still remember the day I first heard about COVID-19.
It feels like a dream now.
It was January 2020, and I was sitting at my desk at work. Typing away meaningless sentences. Well, they weren’t without meaning, but it surely feels like it now.
I saw a headline about a new virus that was spreading in China, and I thought to myself, “That’s strange. Sounds like something from a sci-fi movie.”
But I wasn’t worried.
Boy, was I wrong…
Over the next few months, I followed the news about COVID-19 closely. I started to worry a little, but I didn’t think it was anything to be too concerned about in our time and space.
I thought it was just a matter of time before the virus was contained. I thought it would never reach me (in Germany).
But then, in March 2020, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. And everything changed.
The virus that changed everything
Suddenly, COVID-19 was everywhere.
People were getting sick and dying all over the world. It felt like straight out of a science fiction movie.
The news was filled with stories of overwhelmed hospitals and empty grocery stores. To tell you the truth, I couldn’t believe it at first.
I felt scared and uncertain. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to protect myself and my famiy.
Like everyone else, I started to adjust to my new reality. I started wearing a mask in public. I washed my hands more often. I avoided crowds.
I also started to appreciate the little things more. I was grateful for my health, for my family, and for my home.
The things you’d never thought about for a second before. Not really. Not truly.
In the spring of 2021, I got vaccinated against COVID-19. I was so relieved to be vaccinated. I felt like I was finally taking back control of my life.
Altohugh I didn’t know anything about the vaccine… or any vaccines in general.
And even though I was vaccinated, I knew that I still needed to be careful. The virus was still mutating and spreading.
Life with it
In the winter of 2022, I tested positive for COVID-19. I was lucky. I had only mild symptoms, and I recovered quickly.
But I wasn’t alone. My son got it too. And it was one of the scariest times in my life. What if he got it bad? Worse than me?
It was mental hell.
My experience with COVID-19 made me realize how serious the virus is. Even though I was vaccinated, I still got sick. And I know that not everyone is as lucky as I was.
My son was lucky. My family was too. A blessing. In times of horror.
Connecting with others
I know that I’m not alone in my experiences with COVID-19. Millions of people around the world have been affected by the pandemic.
That’s why it’s so important to connect with others and share our stories. When we share our stories, we realize that we’re not alone. We realize that we’re all going through this together.
I’ve found that connecting with others has helped me to cope with the pandemic. It’s helped me to feel less alone and more hopeful.
A hopeful future
I know that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet. Far from it.
News doesn’t report about it anymore. It isn’t newsworthy anymore. Still, people are dying with COVID-19 every day.
Pandemic, it’s called for a reason.
Yet I am hopeful for the future. I believe that we will overcome this pandemic and build a better future for everyone.
Slow & steady
We’re already making progress. Millions of people around the world have been vaccinated against COVID-19. And scientists are working on new treatments and vaccines.
The trust goes beyond belief. Because we don’t know any better.
I believe that if we continue to work together, we can defeat COVID-19 and create a healthier and safer world for everyone.
I’m still learning to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. I have good days and bad days. I’m trying to stay positive and focus on the future.
I’m grateful for the people who have supported me during the pandemic. I’m also grateful for the scientists and doctors who are working to learn about, cope with, and ultimately defeat the virus.
It’s us against nature's most potent enemy.
And we almost lost.
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