COVID Three Years Later: Are Things Getting Better?

President Donald Trump declared a nationwide emergency on March 13, 2020. From there, the entire world was introduced to face masks and hand sanitizer. 6 million deaths and three years later, the world is still fighting to maintain some sense of “normal,” whatever that may look like. 

Fast-forward to today – there are vaccines against COVID-19 and social debates about mask-wearing. Anticipating when this global pandemic will end is impossible, and now with the Omicron variant present, the end doesn’t seem near. It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has added to everyday stress. Taking a step away from the obvious factors, let’s see how COVID has developed and truly examine if things are getting better. Before Coronavirus was a concern, stress factors were typical things: rent, school, money, childcare cost, etc. None of these concerns include a deadly virus. With coronavirus taking the center of attention all the time, it’s hard to tell whether things have gotten better or worse.

Say Their Names

On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor was shot in her apartment by police who were following through with a no-knock warrant. Breonna Taylor was not named on the warrant.

Two months later, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed due to officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Floyd is heard on video saying, “I can’t breathe,” eerily like Eric Garner, another victim of police brutality.

February 2nd, 2022, marked yet another life familiarly taken by police brutality. Amir Locke was shot in his Minnesota apartment while police were carrying out a no-knock warrant. Amir was not named on the warrant.

George Floyd’s death sparked protest and cause for action. Many called for defunding and reforming the police due to the lack of accountability that was displayed to the officers involved.  Amir Locke’s death wasn’t nearly as widely broadcasted, but it speaks volumes to the state of society today.

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