Week 37: I have been reading about Covid confinement burnout lately and I know I am there. In Michigan on October 12th we had 1,829 cases of Covid diagnosed that day. Six weeks, or so later, we are at 8,000 to 11,000 a day. What changed? A couple things. First the Supreme Court of Michigan overturned the Governor’s executive orders on masks, certain lock downs, etc…. Many people were grateful to get back to work, see family, and eat in restaurants without masks. Some stores started dropping mask mandates. Gyms, bowling alleys, and movie theaters were opening. Yeah! We were tired of all this just as the weather turned cold here.
So, six weeks later the cases have spiked, middle/high schools have closed. Movie theaters have closed, again. Bowling alleys are closed. Restaurants are take out only no dining in at this time. You can have outdoor dining but in Michigan? It snowed a few days ago and we are expecting a lake effect snow storm next week. So we are closing down again with cold weather. Sigh.
I don’t have any answers. I wish we could get this all to just go away. But, it will not right now. I worry about the months to come. As it stands right now if we don’t change anything they predict 3,000 deaths a day in the US and 250,000 cases a day in mid-December to mid-January. I think if it was plane crashes, tainted foods, or cars that were killing 3,000 people a day we would stop the world to fix it. My weariness with all this is starting to show.