On Monday, November 9, Pfizer Inc., a company which has been working on the COVID-19 vaccine, released a statement saying that their new vaccine could be as much as 90% effective. It was based on early and incomplete testing. Regardless of the testing being in the early stages, this news is monumental simply because we can finally say that we might have a viable cure on the way.
Now if you’re like me, you instantly thought, “Does this mean that life will go back to normal soon?” But then I also wondered, “What is normal? Will our lives ever be the same? Will we continue to have a heightened sense of concern for human life and health? Or will things in 6 months look like COVID was just a bad dream and nothing ever changed?”
Unfortunately, I think it will be the latter. I think the year of COVID will be a crazy story we tell our kids at the very most, and that human nature will do the rest as we go right back to living as if it was a myth. I don’t say this to be negative, but I simply refer to how people seem to treat everything else.
We see and hear of millions dying from smoking, drinking, cancer, and the list goes on, yet we, for the most part, continue to indulge on things which cause these deaths because we don’t wish to be inconvenienced. In the case of COVID, we were essentially forced to fall into line because the whole world essentially did.
However, I think we can prevent this outcome as a society, if we choose to use this positive momentum that we’ve started to develop, instead of falling into the age-old rut of neglect that we can’t seem to kick. We can adhere to our current manner of care about health and safety.
Therefore, as much as I think we can all agree on not having to wear masks anymore, or holding in a cough till you pass out, we shouldn’t take for granted this experience. We should consider health and safety the luxury that it truly is and always act to preserve and keep it that way, whether we are in the best times or the worst.