Sun. Jun 4th, 2023

Time changes everything — the Pandemic is but one element that puts this into perspective. As we approach year two of ‘new normal’, pandemic fatigue is setting in everywhere.

By | Aiden Diaz

It’s common knowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused disarray for all – including students.

Even now, it’s easy to see how COVID-19 has affected our lives both socially and personally. The new “normal” pertaining to the requirement for face masks is still in effect today, and it’s likely to stay that way for a while.

However, the possibility of the current pandemic switching gears into an endemic is highly probable. And with pandemic fatigue setting in everywhere, it will be a welcomed respite.

people wearing diy masks
Masks are still the mandate across BC.

That of course does not mean that the pandemic will cease to exist in the future – but, the prospects that COVID-19 will lay low on the radar for the coming years remains plausible.

It might even be possible for COVID-19 to attain a similar role to influenza, a fleeting sickness that will become an inevitable part of your daily life, one that is tedious as opposed to threatening.

There are many sources that prove this fact. “The virus becoming an endemic is likely,” Angela Rasmussen, a virologist from Georgetown University, explains in this article from nature.

Despite the fact that, according to Rasmussen, COVID is reportedly “hard to predict,” it’s still easy to see how things will line up for the future.

So, keep your heads up. Even if things right now are still rough and chaotic, everything will eventually return to normal. It will take time, and ironically some getting used to, when we inevitably go back to “normal,” but we will be able to adapt.

Just like we did for the pandemic.

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