We’re on the knife’s edge of the pandemic

Vaccination Site Opens At Elementary School In Louisville As Kentucky Sees Rise In COVID-19 Cases
A vaccine site that opened in Louisville, Kentucky on April 2, 2021, as cases rose in the state. | Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images

This is a surreal moment in the pandemic, brimming with hope and fear.

Here in the US we’re at the last leg in a marathon — vaccines are here, and appointments to get those shots are becoming more plentiful. People are planning for the moments they’ve put off for a year or more. The finish line is in sight.

At the exact same time, our will to power through to the end just slammed into a wall. Restrictions are lifting while cases are still high, sending case counts through the roof. Hospitals are getting crowded again. Testing has dropped, leaving us with incomplete information as new variants take hold.

“We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope,” said Rochelle…

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Author: Mary Beth Griggs