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The last time I wrote about the COVID-19 virus, I discussed how it contributed to a lot of my anxiety. My constant need for control, and the pandemic being unpredictable, scared me so much that sometimes I would have full-blown panic attacks about getting myself or others sick. I am still really scared of the virus. However, I do think there will finally be a light at the end of this Coronavirus tunnel. 

It’s been about a year and a few weeks since this whole mess started. I don’t think anyone ever estimated that it would end up being this long. A year with masks, social distancing, lots of hand sanitizer and too many carry out orders. I’ve seen friends, I’ve been to a handful of restaurants and I’ve traveled, but I have done my best to be very cautious when doing these things. I can’t tell you how many COVID-19 tests I’ve taken to make sure I do not have the virus. It has been so intrusive on my life and countless others, and really isolating. But, like I said, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. 

My light at the end of the Coronavirus tunnel is that I got the vaccine! My appointment for the second dose is coming up pretty soon. I am beyond excited because I know that once others and myself get fully vaccinated, we’ll be relieved of a lot of anxiety. Of course, we can’t automatically know if someone has been vaccinated just by looking at them. Also, we still don’t know the long-term efficacy of the vaccines either. But with the Biden administration speeding up the timeline for when people can get their vaccines, I certainly feel as if the pandemic will come to an end sometime soon. 

I am hoping that if everyone remains vigilant and gets the vaccine, we can finally go back to somewhat normal. We will be able to see our friends again, travel without masks, eat in restaurants without feeling scared and not worry about getting a virus. However, while I am hopeful that this is ending soon, and happy we are getting our vaccines, this should never have happened. Nearly 600,000 people in the United States have died and I can’t help but think that this never would have happened if we had handled it better. I wish that as a country, we could have just worn masks since the beginning and self-quarantined as the experts suggested, but unfortunately, we can’t go back now. We can and will get through this. I am hoping that the sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner the light will come closer.

Maddie Houx is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in psychology and minoring in criminal justice. She is a second-year Her Campus member and is also a mentor on campus for students with disabilities. She is passionate about food, advocacy, and her favorite sports teams.
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