Thursday, December 31, 2020

Problems Will Not Go Away as the Calendar Changes

New Year's Day is always an optimistic time as we all hope that next year will be better.  2020 was a terrible year for all as COVID-19 has claimed about 350,000 lives to date in the United States.  Millions have been sickened by this dreadful disease as unemployment has devastated the country.  Civil unrest and political polarization also dominated the headlines in 2020.

The problems that I briefly discussed in the previous paragraph will not go away as the calendar turns to 2021.  The experts say that the COVID situation will get worse before it gets better.  I was optimistic this summer as the numbers went down, but there was a resurgence in the fall.  Thankfully, vaccines were developed and are being distributed.  This process will be slow as hundreds of millions of Americans will have to be vaccinated.

We can hope that as more receive the vaccine, the numbers of deaths and hospitalizations will go down.  I pray that sometime in 2021 the numbers will be minimal, and we can return to "normal".

My best wishes for a happy, healthy, and safe new year for all readers of Bruce's Journal.

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