Last year we were all rocked by a deadly new virus. Somewhat like the early days of HIV, we didn't really understand the modes of transmission—we just knew it was potentially deadly. The country went on lockdown, people lost jobs, and many lost their lives. We began hoarding toilet paper, paper towels, and sanitizer. Disinfectant wipes became a hot commodity—masks, gloves, and face shields became the norm. We learned the term "social distancing" and felt its impact as we quickly realized how boring life was without our family and friends. In other words, COVID life sucked.
Zoom became part of our new normal, not just a place to hold meetings, but also for birthday parties, BFF chats, family gatherings, and school for our kids. We followed the arrows pointing the way on the floors of the grocery stores and "mean mugged" anyone going the wrong way. There were no handshakes, hugs, or friendly kisses. No annual HIV conferences or meetings for us to gather, learn, and love on each other. Not a single concert, movie, or sitting in a restaurant. In other words, COVID life sucked.
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