The Latest: Is this what optimism feels like?
I’m disturbed by the rising Covid-19 case numbers and hospitalizations in the U.S. The bungling of Covid-19 is a national shame and tragedy. But hang in there! Because for the first time in a very, very, very long time there’s good reason to be optimistic. It’s absolutely worth it to do what you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe right now because there is a light at the end of this seemingly never-ending tunnel of doom.
From a scientific standpoint, I’ve been ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the pandemic all year, because of the vaccine progress. But what I was feeling was anything but optimism — I was often full of rage and deeply depressed. Now, though, I feel really hopeful regarding the Covid-19 vaccines and the eventual quelling of this pandemic. So do many health experts. So does Dr. Fauci.
It will be awhile before things return to “normal” and there’s a lot of work to do. But the vaccines are coming. When recently asked in an interview how people will know it’s OK to get a vaccine, Fauci said: “It’s pretty easy when you have vaccines that are 95 percent effective. Can’t get much better than that.”
And for that I am allowing myself hope and optimism. Try it. It’s good for your mental health, and it will be helpful for getting through a dark winter. Especially if you’re missing family this holiday season. ❤️
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