Letter: Yes, COVID-19 is hard, but it could be so much worse

Editor:

I’ve been reading comments on Facebook since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.

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I realize it’s very difficult to not be able to see family and friends, to not be able to go out and to essentially be grounded.

I’m thinking back to before my time, to the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 to 1920. Everybody is comparing the COVID-19 pandemic to the Spanish Flu pandemic, but I think the comparisons don’t go far enough.

We have it a heck of a lot better.

During the Spanish Flu, there was no television, no radio, no Internet and far fewer travel options.

There was no online shopping, only the matter of getting the horse ready to go to the general store and hope there was food to buy.

Oh — and there were no washing machines, nor plows to move snow. People still needed to get wood for the stove to keep warm and to cook.

I wonder how they endured the long isolation. We seem to have complaints about not being able to meet friends for dinner and not having family over for Christmas and about the government allegedly interfering with civil rights by mandating mask usage.

Think about it, people — we have it very easy compared to our ancestors.

I know the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions are frustrating the longer they last, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Let’s try to stay positive, as being negative makes everything harder. Unlike the Spanish Flu, there are vaccines for COVID-19. It may take a while to get vaccinated, but it will happen.

Let’s send positive thoughts. We are not as bad off as we think we are.

Read some history books during this time. Life is not as bad as most of us are making it out to be.

There is an end. Stay safe.

Sylvia Newcombe

Kamloops

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