Winds of Freedom
On May 10, we celebrated that the Government of Jalisco finally ventured to eliminate the use of face masks (with some exceptions) after more than two years of the pandemic, which gave a great breath of fresh air to the main tourist destination in the state.
After the official announcement, people relaxed setting their masks aside and began to enjoy any party, concert, or meeting that came their way. This is understandable since people no longer want to hear about confinements, safe distancing, or antibacterial gel; in short, they no longer want to know anything about coronavirus, so they are trying to lead a life as “normal” as possible.
The above made me wonder: is the pandemic over, are we free at last, can we go back to living as we did in 2019? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the answer is no. The institution indicates that the epidemic has not been declared over and suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 virus will remain present like many other respiratory viruses, including the influenza virus.
The good news is that, apart from the hard data, it has been possible to prevent severe illness, reducing hospital occupancy and deaths, according to the WHO.
Although we should rejoice in having certain freedom back – and celebrate that the Government of the State of Jalisco did everything to restore it – it is now up to each one of us to act responsibly, to not let our guard down, to take care of ourselves and to live in the best way possible in this new normality, looking to the future with optimism.
What do you think?