One year ago, the first Covid-19 cases began appearing in America. We barely knew it at the time, and I still 100% believe that many of covid cases were misdiagnosed in January and February in the US. I still remember the stories about movie industry types convening at the Sundance Film Festival and coming back to LA with a mysterious, lingering flu which knocked them out for weeks/months. One year later, and we know of 400,000 Americans who have died from the pandemic which is still raging across North America and Europe. In the past year, Donald Trump never even thought to memorialize the dead. But Joe Biden and Kamala Harris wanted to spend the night before the inauguration remembering those who have passed.
There is hope that this will turn the page. After a year of this viral hellscape, we have several vaccines on the market or coming out shortly. The vaccine distribution has been an utter catastrophe and that won’t be fixed overnight. What will hopefully be fixed overnight is how we talk about the pandemic and how we expect our leaders to talk about public health and public safety. One of President Biden’s first acts will be a mask mandate on all federal property, and he’s already spoken to governors across the country, encouraging them to also put stronger mask mandates into place. There’s also a hope that the Biden-Harris administration will be able to fix the vaccine rollout and incentivize an even larger vaccine production by working in concert with drug companies.
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