going into a new year with an old acquaintance. It’s unwanted,
uninvited and undeterred. COVID-19 has guaranteed us another rough
year. In some ways, 2020 toughened us up for this year but it also
sucked up a lot of our energy, resilience and optimism. It’s
time for a new game plan in 2022.
seems like our worst enemy right now but its only doing what viruses
do. It is trying to stay alive. For it to live, humans become the
collateral damage. While the virus is not a living cell, it is a
parasitic organism always working to find a living host. And the
longer the virus hangs around, the more of its buddies it can summon
up. Now we have Delta and Omicron. Who else is waiting around the
of us knew before the pandemic’s full impact that Black
communities would be disproportionately and negatively affected due
to long-standing racial and economic inequities in the U.S. Confirmed
COVID-19 cases and deaths were higher for Black families and
presented a cascading set of circumstances that will take years to
recover from. The pandemic is showing us all of its ugly faces.
all of the challenges we faced, it probably feels like you’ve
aged years since COVID-19 struck. Reports confirm this is more than a
feeling. The pandemic has shaved nearly two years off the life
expectancy for those in the U.S. For Black men, make that three
years. It’s heavy and almost too much to deal with some days.
big reasons COVID-19 is alive and well this very minute is because of
human ignorance and political incompetence. They are nourishing the
environment that allows the virus to keep hanging out with us.
2020 survey on the pandemic revealed that Black respondents held the
least favorable views of how government officials have responded to
COVID-19 than their counterparts. It’s hard to have any faith
in a government that doesn’t support you in the good times -
especially when they won’t even support mask mandates.
aren’t likely to change the attitudes of a governor who wants
to prosecute a city or school official for pushing mask mandates to
save lives. We haven’t been able to persuade a mother who was
willing to get her baby four or five required immunizations to
safeguard them from childhood diseases but balked at the COVID
vaccine. We should continue to educate and agitate both those we love
and those in positions of authority who make decisions about our
lives. Ultimately, we only have control over our own actions and hope
that they influence the actions of others.
folks must look inward. There’s nobody coming to save us but
us. There’s a world that demands our attention. Racism didn’t
sit down because of COVID; injustices still abound. Sitting around
being frustrated or mad at the world is not going to change this
situation. Those of us of relative sound body and mind must find new
ways of organizing our neighborhoods towards good health and
empowering families to be their own best advocates.
three of the pandemic is a reality check. We must prepare ourselves
for the long haul. At the rate the pandemic is going, it may be
another two years for us to continue vaccinations, incessant
handwashing, social distancing and facial masking.
will be plenty of stress coming our way so get in some deep breathing
along with some meditation. Bring positive people around you. Find
some joy and happiness each day. You are building up your endurance -
for your spiritual and mental health. You can’t rumble with
‘Rona if you’re weak in mind, body and spirit.
new year must bring new ways of living. Our shields against the virus
are information, a healthy lifestyle, and determination. We must be
victors, not statistics. Let’s get to living and loving!