Is it really the end of quarantine?
The national ending of the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine in the United States didn’t really feel like the ending of quarantine to me. Why not? Because people were still dying people and getting sick. People were losing their loved ones and some people have gotten mental disorders such as PTSD because of Covid and quarantine.
It was difficult to connect to people after years of being away from each other. And it still is. Some people just got used to it. They forgot how to socialize. Some people still don’t feel comfortable taking off their masks or gloves.
Life had gotten scarier for some people, even while others are enjoying the fact that the quarantine is over, going out partying, going to concerts, hanging out with friends and family members, and generally just enjoying their lives. However…
Just because quarantine ended, it doesn’t mean Covid is completely gone.
Other diseases are here, too, and the end of quarantine makes it more dangerous for people that don’t have a healthy immune system.
Nobody that we know of is immune to the virus, which means anyone can get it. The end of quarantine was not the end of the virus but the beginning of a new normal.
The pandemic didn’t completely end and people are still struggling with long Covid, related and unrelated health issues, and money because of COVID-19. COVID-19 took people’s jobs and people’s homes.
Yes, quarantine has ended but everything has changed.
Most people are just trying to get back to their normal, pre-Covid, selves. We don’t have to be stuck at home anymore but COVID-19 is still here.
Some stores still require you to keep your mask on, especially at the doctor’s office.
Aside from all of this and some of the negativity that was brought into the world, there were a lot of positives about the end of quarantine. For example, having free will back with no restrictions and being able to travel without requiring a negative Covid-19 test makes life a little easier.
Now, people go out regularly, are finally able to reunite with family and friends, and travel more to do it. The lift of quarantine also allowed businesses to operate again, which created more jobs for people who lost theirs due to quarantine. The most positive thing about the ending of quarantine was being able to go outside and reconnect with people in both public and private ways.
What were your experiences during quarantine? What do you think about lifting Covid restrictions?
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