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Leaving COVID Wonderland

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14.10.2021

On the Saturday before Labor Day weekend, my son’s football team played its first game in almost two years. An omnipresent feeling of gratitude could be felt in the air of my little adopted Northern California burg. The sun was shining, Old Glory was flying, fans were laughing and cheering, and our boys were playing football. Save the occasional mask, you wouldn’t know there was anything different about this year than any other.

Then, at the end of the game, something silly happened that dragged us all back into COVID Wonderland. Rather than having the boys line up and shake hands at the end of the game as usual, both teams lined up on their respective hashmarks facing the other, and waved from a distance.

I couldn’t believe it, and as I gathered from the loud chuckles among spectators, neither could they. I looked at a fellow coach, whom I suspect is far to my left politically, and whispered, “Can you believe this?” He just smiled, shook his head, and said, “Nope.”

After all, we had met all the other team’s coaches earlier. No masks, but there were plenty of handshakes and conversation without adhering to the entirely made-up standard for social distancing that everyone came to know in 2020. No one in the crowd was distancing from one another, either, and the boys had just been all over each other without anyone having the slightest concern. But somehow, the players and coaches shaking hands at the end of the game was just too dangerous?

That stupid visual of us waving at the other team was, like so many other things we’ve become accustomed to, just theater to keep us immersed in the fantasy that COVID lurks everywhere, and will mercilessly strike if you live a normal life.

In reality, if you are at any significant risk of COVID, there are plenty of vaccines available. And if the vaccines work, those people should feel comfortable to enjoy their lives while appreciating a reduced risk of harm from the virus. For me and my kids, and for most of us at that game, COVID is a nonfactor in our day-to-day lives, despite these........

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