Thursday, 13 January 2022

The Other Side of Covid-19

There is an old adage that says, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Now that we have two years of Covid under our belts, maybe it’s time to try another approach. Maybe it’s time to learn to laugh again. I do not say that to belittle the pandemic; heaven forbid! After all, we all know people affected by its talons. That part is no laughing matter.

Having said that, most of us are also responsible people. We listen to the scientists; we listen to the infectious disease experts; we do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We wear masks and practise hand hygiene; we get our vaccinations as recommended; we practise social distancing. We’ve done our part. So now what? Dare we live again?

With that in mind, and as a longtime humorist, I dedicate this post to learning to laugh again. My intention is to revisit this post from time to time as I discover new Covid-related material that makes me chuckle. I take no credit for the cartoons and/or memes (unless specifically indicated). As such I expect that it will be a work in progress. Maybe laughter really is the best medicine. Maybe that’s the long sought-after cure that we’ve all been hoping for. Peace.
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Perhaps the first step in overcoming the Covid-related fears is to spend a little more time with the TV news turned off. This also applies to its social media cousins. It is amazing how much peace returns with just that little simple action.
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One of my favourites. Reminds me of another saying: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Did nasal swabs have their origins with the ancient Egyptians? Hmm.
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Most of us have grown up with childhood vaccinations. When we think of some of the horrible diseases of yesteryear, it makes sense. We even vaccinate our pets in an effort to try and keep them healthy. Perhaps Covid vaccines will one day become as popular as ice cream.
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I love loyalty cards. It is nice to see that Pfizer now has one too. Now that my wife and I have had our first booster shots, we’re well on our way to our free pizza. Nice.
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It’s also nice to see that rapid testing has become readily available. What a wonderful society we live in. Best two out of three?
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On the plus side, one of the things Covid-19 has instilled in us is the importance of disinfecting that which we are likely to come in contact with.
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Is this what we’ve become? Sadly I think it’s at least somewhat true in my life after all but completely hibernating from society these past two years. Can you relate? Dare we reverse this trend? Dare we try and recapture some of our humanity? I hope so.
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You are here! One thing I haven’t figured out yet is why the beautiful Greek alphabet is getting slandered with the blame for this current pandemic. What a shame. What did it ever do to deserve such a horrible honour? With twenty-four letters in her alphabet, does this mean that the powers that be are preparing for a few more variants? Hope not! Hmm.
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Pinocchio? I am not suggesting that there is a connection between this picture and Covid, but then again, like anything else coming from a politician’s mouth, maybe sometimes there is. Hmm. At the very least, though most of us have trusted and followed the vaccination advice we were given, we are not so blind as to believe everything we hear on the subject either. After all, we don’t necessarily believe everything else we hear from politicians either.
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What were we thinking? Remembering the early days of the Coronavirus and that weird phenomenon of toilet paper hoarding. Other items too were strangely absent from store shelves for prolonged periods of time.
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Hand lotion and a prayer. For many of us the pandemic brought feelings of uneasiness when having to go shopping or into other public spaces. Many vendors helped us to overcome our fears by offering curb side pick ups. Still, praying for God’s protection is never a bad idea.
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