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Virus Fatigue


I’M GETTING tired of this whole Covid thing, especially all the rules and regulations that change like the wind. Last weekend my husband and I went hiking and closely passed groups of other hikers from time to time. Less than half of them wore masks. In fact, here in Maine masks seem to be losing popularity. Often you’ll see people who have one hanging off of one ear, signaling they are ready to use it if some obvious need appears. Otherwise it dangles there like a giant cloth earring.  Still, I wear one to keep other people’s germs, Covid or not, from entering my system. In fact, I probably will wear one forever; why not? They also keep out bugs, and I have surely eaten my share of those little gnats when I’m out walking.

What we need is a brand new obsession, like maybe an asteroid heading our way that will smash into the Earth in a few months. Imagine how exciting it would be to anticipate. Suddenly there would be something that nobody could be blamed for!

In fact, according to NASA, a large asteroid “the size of two football fields” recently passed by Earth, but nobody said much about it. Another one is expected to come fairly close around Election Day, again doing little damage. What I’m talking about is one that will hit us head on and take out the whole lot of us.

But that’s not happening today, so I shall get out there and enjoy this fall weather and start counting how many intact pumpkins are on people’s front steps, before they get smashed by the asteroid.
—Andrea Rouda
Andrea Rouda blogs at The Daily Droid

4 thoughts on “Virus Fatigue

  1. Nancy G says:

    Everyone needs a distraction right now, as things are getting worse, not better. We are bombarded with bad statistics every day. Thanks for something a bit light-hearted.

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Thanks, Nancy. We were thinking the same!

  2. Ellen says:

    I opened this post, expecting to read a thoughtful and well researched article about virus fatigue and how to manage it. Imagine my shock when I realized what I was reading was a long, drawn out whine. Covid-19 is not a “thing.” It is a major public health event that is affecting the lives of millions of people. People are dying or experiencing severe health impacts from it and your columnist calls it a “thing.” I was stunned. My Little Bird did its readers a major disservice by publishing this flippant and irresponsible article.

    1. Nancy McKeon says:

      I’m sorry you were offended by the “distraction” columnist Andrea Rouda offered. For serious posts about Covid-19, please take a look at the 16 posts MyLittleBird’s well-being reporter, Mary Carpenter, has written: 2/10/2020, 3/9, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/10, 8/24, 9/14 and 9/28.

      To start you off, going from the most recent:

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