When the coronavirus pandemic started, we were forced to give up various aspects of our everyday lives in order to avoid either infection or death. I miss several aspects of my old life and look forward to returning to them when the pandemic is over. I miss joining social gatherings where I get to mingle with my friends, neighbors, and loved ones. I miss going inside restaurants because that would give me more options to choose from when it comes to food. I miss going on vacations and visiting my favorite locations such as Hawaii, New York City, and Washington D.C. Finally, I miss going to the movie theater and I am annoyed that all the movies I have been looking forward to have been repeatedly postponed. Even though I have grown accustomed to wearing a mask and doing social distancing, I look forward to when the pandemic is over and I get vaccinated. Only then will I get my life back.
This week, I underwent my very first Coronavirus test. I expected it to be uncomfortable as the swab was shoved up my nose. However, instead of being painful, it actually tickled. I have a sensitive nose when it comes to small physical contact like with the swab. I went through a sneezing fit that lasted for minutes. I eventually collected a sample with the swab and gave it to the doctor. This morning, I got the results and I am negative for the virus. I am relieved because I don’t want to infect anyone at my sister’s wedding. I also am glad that I am not at risk of dying from the virus or being physically ruined from the after effects. As long as tests remain available, I will continually test myself until a vaccine is made and the pandemic is over.
I have been listening to news updates on the Coronavirus outbreak, but it is clear that we have no coherent leadership in our federal government. Trump and his cronies keep spreading misinformation as usual. While I do appreciate the governors and mayors doing what they can to combat the situation across the country, I am unimpressed and angry about the Trump Administration’s complete failure to handle the Coronavirus pandemic. They waited two months to do something about it and by then it was too late. Because Trump and his minions have spent their entire Presidency spreading misinformation and lying about pretty much everything, they have absolutely no credibility, which is why their investors in the stock market are freaking out. Now, Trump is lying his ears off and sugarcoating the situation because he knows that with every case of Coronavirus death or infection, the stock market will continue to go haywire and his chances of being reelected will disappear. This whole thing could have been avoided if Trump didn’t disband the pandemic team two years ago. The only reason he disbanded them is solely because they were set up by Obama, which means disbanding them had nothing to do with policy; it had to do with Trump’s ego and the delusional belief that he could do better than Obama. Now that he disbanded the pandemic team and failed to form a replacement, we are in our current chaotic situation. Also, Trump is using every trick in his book to try and deflect blame from his poor response to the pandemic such as blaming Obama and the democrats, attacking the media, and even resorting to racism by calling the Coronavirus either “Chinese Virus” or “Kung Flu.” All of his usual tricks may work in normal times, but those tricks will only make things worse as the pandemic spreads. Overall, the political, economic, and social atmosphere of this country is more chaotic than ever. All of this dysfunction and mayhem is not supposed to happen in the United States. We are only in this situation because we have an inexperienced, irresponsible, pathologically lying man-child in the White House supported by a political party that was too weak, spineless, and corrupt to remove him from power when they had the chance. If they had removed Trump from power during the impeachment trial like they were supposed to, none of this would be happening and we might have someone more competent in charge.
As the Coronavirus spreads like wildfire, my family and I are under self quarantine. We are watching movies and shows on our streaming services, I’m spending more time writing, and my mother is spending more time quilting. Even though we are spending more time together as a family, there are several drawbacks to our current state. We can no longer go to our favorite places such as restaurants, movie theaters, and baseball stadiums. We go on occasional trips to the grocery store. When we go to the grocery store, we are notice that all the meat and bread products are picked clean and everyone was stockpiling on junk food, but the fruits and vegetables were largely untouched. I still don’t know why people are stockpiling on toilet paper. I can no longer go to my usual job or go to school until this crisis is under control, which disrupts my sense of normalcy. Overall, I feel like I am in a dystopian story or zombie apocalypse story.