One Year Later

One Year Later

Word of the Day: Zoonotic (adj.) – a virus that was originally detected in an animal, but is now infecting people also

This word seems very fitting for today’s post! Here’s just a little timeline of where we were at last year.

  • March 11, 2020: COVID-19 becomes a pandemic
  • March 12, 2020: sports were cancelled (I went to a Warriors game on January 14, 2020)
  • March 17, 2020: Bay Area restaurants closed for dine-in (take-out only)
  • March 20, 2020: California placed in statewide shelter-in-place

To think that it has already been one year is crazy.

January 2020 was normal. I remember going to my second ever Warriors game with my friend, now roomie Erin. The stands were completely full. No masks. No talk of COVID-19 except for on the news. I even travelled to Oregon at the end of January. Once again, no safety precautions, nothing.

February 2020 was normal. I started working and going into the office at the beginning of February. The office was full. I interacted face-to-face (not 6 ft apart) with people everyday. I was going to the gym everyday. My boyfriend came to visit for Valentine’s Day and we went to Napa. There was talk about COVID-19, but nothing major at all.

March 2020 everything changed. Events started being cancelled, such as Coachella and a Post Malone concert I was supposed to go to. Work places and restaurants started closing. I didn’t stop working until March 16, but I know a lot of people stopped going into the office March 12. It was so weird driving around town. There were barely any people on the road… everything was a complete ghost town. At this time, people weren’t really masks consistently.

April 2020 masks were introduced. On April 3, 2020 facemarks were not required, but highly recommended. Two weeks later, April 17, 2020 masks were required in the Bay Area. I can’t believe one month after all this masks were required. You’d think they would’ve been earlier. My days were spent going on long walks with my mom, playing a lot of sequence, watching Andrew Cuomo’s press conferences (who knew he would turn out to be a bleh person), and talking on the phone.

Spring and Summer of 2020 were pretty much a blur. I wish I had known that I could play Sims 4 without downloading anything onto my computer because I would’ve spent hours filling my time with that… like I do now. I think people were starting to get more used to staying at home and spending time with their fam, but I also think people were starting to go slightly crazy.

November/December 2020 there was a lot of talk about what people would do for the holidays. Who would be at gatherings? Immediate family or extended family? My family did not have extended family over. This was the first time in like 6 or more years. It was definitely different, but at the same time it was kind of nice. I am looking forward to a more normal Holiday season though this year. Also in December, the FDA approved the use of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Hooray!

January 2021 there were capital riots. Very scary. Looked straight out of The Purge. Also, America said goodbye to Trump and hello to Biden. California COVID deaths were still increasing.

February 2021 my mom received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine! Sadly, coronavirus deaths top 500,000 in America. We suck. Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approved by the FDA. Things are looking bright. Roads are much busier and people are even starting to go back into the office. My dad received his first dose at the end of February too!

Here we are! One year later… March 2021. I received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine just two days ago, on March 10, 2021. My mom received her second dose in early March! Yay she is fully vaccinated. Things are looking bright. Lots more people are getting vaccinated. The only thing is that there are freaking new variants…so we’ll see what that means. Also Texas is fully opened. Please tell me why the f*** Texas thinks they should open? Stupid stupid stupid.

That is a general rundown of the past year. Seriously crazy. Obviously a lot more happened throughout the year, personally, politically, and racially, but I’ll leave it at that. Am I the only one who low-key misses the beginning of the pandemic? Obviously, I wish people weren’t getting sick and passing away, but there was something really calming and nice about having no cars on the road and seeing people just walking around. Never in our lives will we ever experience this again. I will never ever forget this and I cannot wait to tell my kids about it in 10-20 years. Get your vaccine when you can!

~Taylor

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