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A Shot in the Arm

After a full year of avoiding social gatherings and travel, Nancy and I just received our second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Hopefully, everyone will soon be able to be vaccinated and we can put most of this terrible scourge behind us.

A long sorrowful Year of Covid is coming to a close. Will Spring be the beginning of the end of this dreadful pandemic? Photo: © Donald J. Rommes

It will be two more weeks until we have optimal protection from the vaccine, but already it feels as if a great weight has been lifted from our shoulders, With 500,000 people dead from the disease in just a year, we had great respect for the virulence of this virus and took every precaution to avoid getting it.

Of course, that meant no travel, no socializing, no eating in restaurants, minimal family time, and a lonely Christmas holiday. Many, many others suffered the same disruption of their lives—and worse. We don't personally know who lost their life to the virus, but more Americans have died from this year-long pandemic than died in WW1, WW2, and the Vietnam Wars combined. That's a very sobering thought and reason enough to have sacrificed social time to avoid the disease.

But now, finally, with the protection afforded by the vaccine, we can see the light at the end of a very long tunnel and are daring to make travel plans again—just in time for spring!

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