Thirty years later I became an independent historian and two years of a pandemic in which many of us thought that isolation, misunderstanding, and vaccination would have helped end long ago, I found myself alone last week. Before I started my late year of research at Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, I had to sit for two days and volunteer, a new process amidst Omicron’s differences. Two days after turning six – between submitting my PCR exam and waiting for the delayed results – I ask myself one never-ending (and tedious) question: When will all these things end? I became quite disillusioned with my answer: I don’t really know. Not only are historians reluctant to predict the future, plague history can tell us much about the time when an epidemic in our modern, interconnected world could be history.
Although I received the vaccine three times and tried my best to stay as good as possible, every airport between Detroit and Heathrow was full of chaos and transmission. People undoubtedly due to patience, in one wave of the eternal plague, were wearing (especially cloth) masks with their exposed noses, some colliding with each other without concern, and there was no place of any kind, not even 3 to 6 feet. As I was driving to my new home I was sweating and worrying, the idea of being alone changed from education to unpleasant reality.
Locked up in my room, my knowledge of 700 years of solitude was worse than the fact that I had not been comforted. For centuries, from 1348 when ships were shut off to the port of Venice to protect against the Black Death, the whole purpose was to help people with smallpox, diphtheria, cholera, the flu, and many other epidemics. take those who are infected and keep them away. Isolated islands in the US and abroad until the 20th century were like prisons, with a shortage of nurses and doctors, not to mention compassion, warmth, or food. Patients there may have been infected with the virus by their immune system or by dying from the virus.
I, meanwhile, had all the benefits of modern privacy: a beautiful home, your computer, the internet, food, central heating, a smartphone, and access to any weather. Crown (My favorite), almost every show and movie ever made. However, isolation, especially after a long period of isolation may be necessary, isolation. Just 12 hours after moving to my new place, when it got dark in the evening, I had a strong desire to travel a long distance.
Who would have known? I thought. It is very dark outside, and I am wearing a mask, so who can tell me?
The desire to break the law is to get out with every medical component I have ever studied. In 1892, for example, in 1892 the New York Health Ministry complained to reporters that Russian immigrant children in solitary confinement from typhus were coming out of windows and fleeing to play with their friends, which could have spread deadly diseases and prolong the epidemic. When I was detained 22 months later and locked up all over the world in March 2020, I feel sorry for these children, just as I feel sorry for the millions of tired people who are declaring themselves an epidemic. twisted rules designed to stop the spread of Omicron. However, that sympathy has greatly diminished in the last few weeks of the expanding Omicron species, which will continue to prolong the epidemic.
Public health experts say that once the epidemic has dropped from a record (or higher) and 100,000 deaths a day to less than 5 cases and deaths per day, for several consecutive days, officials will have a better chance of announcing Covid. it is no longer a plague. But as Omicron continues to swell, we are not close to it. As the virus spreads, and more people around the world become vaccinated, more and more people become ill and die. To help with the end, I obeyed my conscience and stopped walking, closed the door, and went to sleep.