For many, the coronavirus pandemic has served to do nothing but highlight the existing social inequality that exists in the United States. The elderly and communities of color were the most affected and accounted for in a disproportionate amount of deaths due to the virus, which has officially reached a death toll of 500,000 people.

Most of us are tired of masks, staying at home, and yearn for a return to normalcy. However, we must remain steadfast in our resolve to avoid any more unnecessary deaths despite how grueling life may be right now. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to President Biden, made comments about how normalcy will more likely be experienced by the end of 2021, though mask wearing is expected to continue through 2022. Despite President Biden’s ambitious vaccination rollout, it is still predicted that most vaccinations will be distributed by mid-summer.

In order to protect our eldelry and at-risk communities, it is imperative that we stick to mask wearing and social distancing. Reading up on CDC recommendations is one of the best things one can do to stay informed on how to avoid contracting this virus. Continuing to avoid any and all social gatherings while minimizing contact with those one doesn’t share a household with is important. We recommend you continue with your Zoom hangouts and keep abuela in mind before coming to visit – the health of many is at risk and we must all do our part to help them.

If you’re looking for resources on commemorating those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus, we recommend instagram account @covid.victims, which works to provide an illustration and short biography of the victims of this virus.

Another way to remember those who have passed, The New York Times podcast “The Daily” released an episode titled “One Million Lives” centered around telling the stories of some of the victims as the worldwide death toll reached one million due to the coronavirus.

During this time we must stand in solidarity to protect our at-risk communities. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn, wear your mask, and social distance. We must remember that it’s not over and we must all do our part to stop the spread.

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