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Sunday Blog: You and I may be over the pandemic, but is it over?

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I don’t know if we have flattened the curve, made a dent on the spread of COVID-19 or if we have built up some natural immunity to this virus, but I do know one thing. We are over it.

Friday, the Sumner County Commissioners approved the emergency order from Health Officer Laura Rettig that opens up gatherings as high as 60 people (see story here). In 19 days, it will be a free-for-all, unless the COVID-19 numbers spike.

From the people I have talked to, they are over it. Judging from the many adversarial posts on social media, a large bulk of you are certainly over it.

Honestly, I’m over it, and I’m a social distancing kind of guy.

I went to church last week and enjoyed the experience. I still didn’t listen to the sermon, but it is better than not listening online (joking, pastor). I have enjoyed eating out and getting food not served on styrofoam.

I would like to go to a sporting event soon and take a picture of a swim-team champion. Please, please, please have a football season. I know that is selfish of me, but I love it so.

I need life to be normal again, so I can return to complaining about doing normal things.

I’m over the conspiracy theories and people complaining about their rights being violated. I’m over people making this pandemic political. I’m really over that.

I’m over trying to explain all of this is temporary. Everyone’s “rights” will be firmly intact to its former glory when this is all over.

Yes, not everything is over. There are some things that will be different this summer. This year we won’t have the Wheat Festival – except the Medallion Hunt, the ultimate social distancing event. This was a very wise decision by the chamber board. It takes one positive case of the COVID-19 to place the chamber in a lawsuit for recklessly endangering the lives of its citizens.

The most interesting question moving forward is how the world adjusts. I waver. On one hand, I’m an optimist. Most of you who are furloughed, I believe will return to work. Many Zoom meetings will diminish once employers discover workers are less productive at home. After all, why pay employees to sit at home watching “Young and the Restless” when they could be online at the workplace reading Sumner Newscow? At least the bosses can keep track of the lack of productively when they can actually see the employees.

But on the other hand, I see real change coming. Corporations have discovered that the cost of doing business in the confines of people’s homes is much more economical just as I predicted here. Rural communities like Wellington could ultimately benefit from it. Let’s address that at a later time.

Ultimately, though, people are creatures of habits, and I’m convinced we will return back to doing what we have always been doing – being us.

This pandemic will be yesterday’s news soon. Next year, when we finish another graduation ceremony for another batch of seniors, put up the Avenue of Flags in the cemetery, send our kids off to the Wellington Aquatic Center, watch our children/grandchildren play a mean game of little league baseball at Worden Park, attend a Heat game, barbecue in the backyard with friends and relatives.

As the saying goes: “This too will pass.” It always does.

However…

If you are asking me if we are reopening too early that will increase the death toll of other people, I’m not going to answer that question. I have to admit, this reopening process at this particular time makes me a bit uneasy. Yes, this too will pass… unless you die.

I may be over the pandemic. You may be over the pandemic. But the COVID-19 virus may not be.

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