It’s not back to normal

By “not back to normal,” I should clarify that I mean society at large, who are acting like the virus never existed around me. Everything is good and has been with my husband. We even celebrated our 26th anniversary last week.

Restaurant parking lots are packed. I went out for a drive on the weekend and every place was as busy as on a normal weekend. I can’t help but blame the poor examples of our leaders and to point out that experts are predicting that my area is at high risk for a second wave.

Yet nobody is taking the virus seriously and that concerns me a lot. I don’t know if my husband is going to be at more risk of contracting the virus after everyone partied it up on the holiday weekend. Fortunately, it rained most of the weekend, so maybe that put a damper on celebrations.

Still, I feel almost like it’s only a matter of time until one of us brings it home, and that’s obviously a challenging thought to wrestle with. It feels like I’m constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, holding my breath. It’s terrible, especially for my mental health.

I had an appointment with my hair stylist for this week for a haircut. I had made the appointment back in February since I only get my hair cut every 3-4 months. I’m friends with her and I finally messaged her yesterday saying that I had to cancel because I just thought the risk to my husband was too great.

Then she told me that she was going to contact me anyway to see if I wanted to cancel because one of her clients last week told her (AFTER getting her hair cut) that she’d tested positive in previous weeks. I couldn’t help but feel empathy for my stylist. She can’t get unemployment anymore because salons are open but doesn’t necessarily feel it’s safe yet to be back at work. And unfortunately that client experience so early after re-opening seemed to solidify that.

This virus seems to be bringing out the worst in people. I mean, who is so selfish that they go out to get a haircut after testing positive for the virus?

My salon has a policy requiring both clients and stylists to wear masks, which was part of why I initially thought it might be okay. My stylist told me that so far she’s had one client cancel based on the mask policy and another one who just walked out when she saw my stylist wearing a mask.

I really hate how something as simple as wearing a mask has become so politicized. The anti-mask people are a growing but very loud (and often violent) minority. There’s no clearer way to say “I don’t give a fuck about you” than to refuse to wear a mask, since masks protect the other people around you more than they protect yourself.

We’re not ready to be reopened yet no one seems to care. They’re going to infect the rest of us who do care and there’s not a damn thing we can do about it. It sucks to know that so many people are so selfish and so lacking empathy that they care more about their “freedom” than they do about other people.

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