Last time, I described 2020 as a rough year. But ‘rough’ is… just too nice of a word to describe what people went through. No, 2020 was painful.
First, the impeachment of the president fell through. It may not seem like much today and was not surprising to many, but it revealed things of what was to come. The Senate majority party basically cemented alternative policies that aren’t our national policy in dependence of a man who literally leaves his own supporters in the freezing cold. They told all Americans again and again that they’re not going to check the executive powers as Donnie and his associates broke federal operations all the way to the postal service just to cheat in an election. He knows that this government is very lenient on presidential authority, that charges would not be filed against him while he’s President.
Yeah… it’s not over.
Then, a novel virus transformed the way we lived. We all have either gotten it or know someone who was affected by it, from intubation to amputation, to outright death. I got a strain of the virus recently (fully recovered), but 0.1% of the national population didn’t stand a chance. Over 340,000 fatalities. To give you perspective, the flu kills only about 20-62,000 a year nationally. Death from complications of the virus made a new statistic as the third leading cause of death, under cancer and heart disease. And that’s not counting the number of individuals who are still alive but have organ damage; there’s no statistic on that because it’s way too contagious. The people who still attempt to call it a hoax or compare it to the flu don’t get that the coronavirus is extremely inflammatory but at the same time about as contagious as the cold. They can complain as much as they want, but the use of masks in public is completely necessary.
Thankfully, vaccines are now being administered.
There wouldn’t be a pandemic with closures without permanent closures. The Great Wall buffet, a Chinese restaurant with a great variety of food and good quality, closed for good.