Updated: Jan 30
It's behind us, 2020.
However, 2021 blew in with some unsettling business.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus has been found to mutate, as many respiratory viruses tend to do, and health professionals and scientists are doing their best to stay one step ahead of it all. But thanks to the multiple decades of infectious disease studies and research, improvements in healthcare, advancement of technology, and global team work, we have some hope to reduce the severity and length of the SARS-CoV-2. Again, much like the health and science community did for the H5N1 flu "avian flu" (2003), and the H1N1 flu "swine flu" (2009), SARS-CoV-2 "Covid 19" will be on the watchlist for the world health organizations including the US Center for Disease Control.(1) These same organizations will continue to work to curb the virus' ability to harm people or take our loved ones.
Meanwhile, it's about trying to keep our heads above water when it comes to being careful in our personal interactions, finding jobs or maintaining our jobs, keeping the delicate balance of managing finances in uncertain economic times, and getting enough rest to do it day after day.
When will it be okay to lift our heads up and take a deep breath, already?
Now. Now is the time to lift our heads and take that breath.
Many persons have had to adjust their lives and reframe how they view their priorities. Others have had to move outside of their comfort zones and request assistance. Some have decided to make the leap to changing their lives completely, either by choice or by circumstances, and see what may happen next for them.
It's time to stop holding our breath, breathe and move.
Move forward, move sideways, move a little at time, move one leap at a time or multiple jumps from side to front, back to side.
Lean into the support persons or networks, talk to family, colleagues and friends, plot your next move. And if it feels too much, that you're stuck or the fear is still a barrier, please reach out and find a mental health professional to talk to and figure out where you want to go next.
Take care, stay safe!
(1) Influenza Historic Timeline, CDC
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