The “togetherness” sentiment lasted about a minute. Arguably it was never true at all. The pandemic exacerbated partisan divides. It accelerated all sorts of things. It changed everyone. Have you thought deeply about how it changed you?
This is huge news — but most Covid updates have fallen off front pages and homepages due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The relaxing of Covid-era measures and the return to “normal,” whatever that means, has happened so gradually and variably that everyone has experienced it differently. If March 11, 2020 was the “start” date, there will never be an equivalent “end” date.
So, to reflect means to make sense of what happened. The death and suffering and reordering of so many lives. The loss of trust in institutions. The gift of vaccination and the grift of anti-vax pundits. Here’s a hopeful note: When my nearly 5-year-old daughter was getting ready for bed on Thursday, what did she want to watch on YouTube? Videos about doctors helping people get vaccinated.
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The best of us
Megan Thomas writes: “A surfer who rode his wave of grief with a sea of strangers. A couple whose road to marriage was paved by a pandemic quarantine that lasted more than 200 days. A woman who found an inspiring outlook after almost losing her life and her unborn child to Covid. A mother who got to know her son unlike ever before. And a musician who in dark times learned that creativity is a light that carries on. Starting Friday, CNN’s culture, enterprise and entertainment teams are presenting five stories about people who in the aftermath of a time like no other have been given the gift of clarity.”