Except they are trying to make the quarantine be gone and that really isn't the rigth move I think, but that's a discussion for another time.
My parent's self quarantined for over 3 months. On the rare times I saw them, I stayed in my car across the driveway and they sat in the garage and we talked. I was happy to do it. As an essential employee, I never stopped working and was exposed to many many strangers (masks or not) so it was the smart thing to do on all our parts.
That said I honestly feel like I had this damn virus the first week of January. All the symptoms were the same, high fever, coughing, pain in the chest, weakness, exhaustion, and I couldn't get out of bed for a week; upon getting up and going back to work, it still took a good 2 months to stop coughing and feel like I was human again and not a walking sleeping beauty! And before you ask, no I did not get tested - why? there are actual sick people who need those tests more then I do!!
So everyone is starting to feel better about life and restrictions are easing and here is where I KNOW we are going to get slammed again - how do I know? Same pattern as the influenza pandemic of 1919 (and we all know I know way too much about that one). In the meantime, still working, still mask wearing, still avoiding crowds (not that I was a fan of crowds in the first place.....).
If there was one thing I really learned about all this is that humans are not meant to be without physical touch. See - I have a housemate, but we aren't the touching each other kind. Of course my parents weren't getting near me, let alone hugging me and I haven't seen my siblings, nieces, nephews or friends in months. So - no hand shakes, no hugs, no cuddles... the best I've gotten are the elbow bumps I exchange with some of my co-workers as that is the only touching we are allowed during the Covid. All I want is to sit snug between a few of my best friends and just feel like I'm still alive and not alone. A nice long hug would really be nice. I've begged the land lord to allow me a pet (I am restricted in my lease) but it was a grand NO NO NO! So I don't even get to hug a dog or cat. This has been the biggest Corona punishment for me and I am very hurt by it, inside and out.
I guess we will see what the next few months bring - now that people are using public pools, considering face masks optional and standing too close together. Hell at this rate, we should all go to the movies and get it over with, right?
On second thought - I'll pass and just stay home.