Ah, COVID, the gift that keeps on giving. What started as a two-week period to “flatten the curve,” has turned into a year and a half of uncertainty, mixed messages, multiple virus variants, and most surprisingly – a nation descended into violence and division. Who could have known 18 months ago that so many Americans would find themselves at the crossroad of individual freedom versus community protection?
The U.S. Marine Corps has a slogan: “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.” If there was ever a fitting slogan for organizations during the COVID crisis, it is hard to think of one better suited.
Over the last few months, communities around the country have pushed vigorously to increase the number of vaccinated individuals aged 12 and older to develop “herd” or community immunity. The concept, according to medical science, is if enough people get vaccinated, an immune response occurs that helps the population become protected from the virus, thus giving it nowhere to go. Now, while the merits of this claim have been argued ad nauseum, many hospitality, entertainment, and eating establishments around the country have begun to require employees to show proof of vaccination, proof of negative COVID testing, or find their way to the unemployment line. This push has been so strenuous and dramatic, that in many places these mandates have turned communities into complete chaos and created a new division between what otherwise would be peaceful environments.