I have never in my adult life heard one response used more frequently than, “Because of COVID.” It doesn’t matter the setting – in a school, store, doctor’s office, playground, or at a concert. Because of COVID is said all the time. It started last year:
Sorry, kids. Sports are cancelled …because of COVID.
Sorry, staff. All meetings are now virtual …because of COVID.
Sorry, Ma’am. All regularly scheduled appointments are limited …because of COVID.
Sorry, travelers. Flight restrictions are now in place …because of COVID.
I expected and grew used to the adjustments we were asked to make because of COVID in March of 2020. Back then, the 2-week pause made sense. I thought it was a reasonable request, and I actually welcomed it. I didn’t expect the restrictions, and the go-to response …because of COVID to continue to hamper parts of life for as long as it has. But even this week, I heard several times …because of COVID being used in a school setting, in a medical setting, and in a political setting.
It’s become a response, an excuse, and a justification. Since 2020, it’s been said countless times. Some weeks, I hear it daily. I respected it …until I didn’t.
…because of COVID meetings and office get togethers are encouraged to be virtual. Unless it’s your birthday and you have some celebrity status. https://www.inquisitr.com/6494809/see-leaked-photos-videos-of-barack-obamas-decadent-birthday-part
…because of COVID restrictions are still in place in the community. Unless you believe you’re above the law.
…because of COVID, air travel for passengers and some airlines has taken a hit. Unless you’re an unmasked elected official shirking your work.
I’m guessing you heard it as many times I had last year. You’ve probably heard that catch phrase most of 2021, too. It’s not so much a catch phrase, though, is it? Now, it’s being used as a threat.
Because of COVID, you must get a shot.
Because of COVID, if you don’t get the shot, you’ll lose your job.
Because of COVID, if you lose your job, you lose your benefits, your tenure, and maybe even your retirement.
Because of COVID, you stand to lose everything you’ve worked hard to attain.
Those who’ve opted to receive the shot may not be facing those same threats, but for those who’ve respectfully declined it, all of that is becoming true.
Health care workers, state workers, educators, federal employees, and the military could lose their jobs or face strict restrictions …because of COVID. Not because they have suddenly lost skills. Not because they’ve performed an illicit act. These community helpers, whose passion in life is to help others, are facing a major decision: get the shot, or be forced out of their profession.
…because of COVID.
Never in my entire life have I ever seen a liability-free medical product be used in the way that this one has. The vaccine was a promise, it was purported to be a preventative, and then it quickly became a requirement for life. Get it or else! We never used to live like that, with freedoms removed and with seemingly illogical demands placed on daily activities. But we do now …because of COVID.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.