Covid-19, January 2021: Reality Check

Early in the new year on a day that’s nippy but not bone-chilling, I’m walking along Barclay past dense, bare bushes that are alive with chirping noises. A flock of sparrows is hunkered down and although no more than 1 or 2 metres away, they are so well camouflaged that it’s a challenge to spot them. Feathers puffed out to trap body heat, they appear content to be out of the wind and remain remarkably at ease when my lens probes the shrubbery. Their singular focus on survival is a trait we'd do well to adopt in our battle against Covid-19. Instead, we too often ignore the present danger, using the anticipated panacea of vaccines to rationalize dubious behavior.

© 2021 Daniel Wiener