This spring, even as late as early July, things were looking up. Vaccines were widely available, transmission rates were down and the media was hyping a return to almost normal. Then vaccination rates stalled, the delta variant became the dominant variant, and transmissions of COVID-19 began and continue to rise.
Yet again, it feels like we’ve taken too many steps backward. It’s frightening but also frustrating, because now is supposed to be different. At least, that’s what we’ve told ourselves.
It may be a while yet before masks come off once more. We may start or continue to pause our in-person meetings and rethink our plans for the near future. But we should not lose heart. We can do this.