From reading the readers’ comments, it can be deduced that a lot of people are starting to get tired of hearing about COVID-19.
It is no wonder. Two weeks of the Olympic Games and we can’t take it anymore. Thirty-five days of electoral campaigning, and some come to hope that the winner will establish a dictatorship so that it never happens again. Imagine eleven months of a pandemic!
A big secret will therefore be revealed here and it may surprise more than one conspirator or a Radio X host, but be aware that there are many columnists who are tired of talking about the pandemic too!
The large buffet
No, but it’s true. Every day is like helping yourself to the same buffet. We will dip into it before writing.
Thus, one day we could say that the CAQ government is really doing too much with all these measures that prevent restaurant owners and gym owners from running their businesses. Another side could say that François Legault was really in too much of a hurry to give people a nanane by allowing the reopening of stores while we are still at 1000 new cases per day.
We could also say that the government lacks empathy towards a confined population or that it is too soft when it comes to punishing violations. We could say that it is madness to keep schools open or, conversely, that we are not doing enough to ensure the success of young people in this period of deprivation.
As for Justin Trudeau, there is never a shortage of material to show that he is incapable of managing this crisis, that it is only good to spend money. Conversely, other columnists will prefer to point out that it is not Ottawa that we manage CHSLDs and that we should direct our blame to Quebec.
What many people prefer is raising a contradiction in the government’s message. Let him tell us, for example, to wear a mask today, when he said the opposite in April. We can accuse the Prime Minister and his director of public health of lacking transparency or rather demand that we crown them peace with this accountability in times of crisis.
Once again, we can talk about citizens, too. Tell them that they are not living under the bombs of a global conflict, and stop moaning. Denounce the slightest misconduct as if it were tantamount to denying the pandemic. We can also take the side of people to demand relaxations or tell the world not to give up, but after a year, we must admit that it starts to be worn out.
Thinking about the future
The worst part is that we can defend each of the points of view stated above and do so in good faith and at least partially right. And everyone, over a period of almost a year, will undoubtedly have received Communion once at almost all of these chapels.
In the end, whether they are journalists or columnists, people who have the privilege of having a media platform are also citizens who deal with the vagaries of the pandemic and who are tired of confinement. And sometimes we start to get tired of dipping into the great COVID-19 buffet every day. That we feel a little “covid”, intellectually.
Still, that’s what we’re going to continue talking about, since we have to. Precisely because the disgust of COVID is what our readers are experiencing too.
Nevertheless, we will soon have to start thinking about the future again, if only to rest from the present.