Chapter 40 “the good and bad of a short memory”
As the last vestige of COVID-19 faded off into viral heaven by the end of 2026 the weary world finally took a credible breath of fresh air. Gradually the world slid into what 2019 normalcy that it could.
The good part about having a short memory is that suffering and pain, including psychological pain in most cases begins to fade. Healing of the mind if you wish to refer to it as such. But there are many where this is not possible particularly if they had lost someone close to them and many of these survivors would be plagued by depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder forever living with that because of that chip in your shoulder which had the effect of having many not seeking psychological or psychiatric assistance lest any diagnosis be recorded on that chip.
The bad of short memory is that it brings about a lack of sharp focus of the past and if you can’t recall the past you won’t be able to improve what wasn’t so good in the past including how the victim count could be reduced the next time a virus struck and the common feeling was not if another virus hits but when.
For almost the entire world this was their first virus pandemic that they experienced. A poll conducted in Canada showed that 84% of the population had not heard of the 1918 influenza and 36% had not heard of SARS, 36% about H1N1 or even the generic bird flu. Perhaps if scientists, physicians and the general population had better knowledge about it somehow some of the historical knowledge might have saved lives. Firstly that a pandemic can kill you! Secondly what went wrong in the 1918 influenza and COVID waves that could have been avoided?
Sadly by the time Virus #26 raised its ugly head what worked from a socioeconomic and medical standpoint in the past was not going to work all that well for Virus #26. It was as if the new Virus #26 was so deadly it was if it was something above and a virus and not subject to the anti-viral protocol. The states throughout the world had very little money to fund what they had funded for the COVIDs so this was a nasty virus that was going to decimate.