Post-Traumatic Stress: It’s Not Just for Soldiers Anymore By Paul Shemella

I have acquired a serious case of post-traumatic stress. I did not get it in Afghanistan or Iraq; I got it right here in the United States of America. We the American people are not soldiers, but we are fighting several wars at once. The opponents are – not in priority order – Corona virus, Climate Change, and Each Other. That’s a lot to endure as a civilian.

Let’s take these in order. Corona virus is a clear and present danger unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. Science tells us that the virus will spread until we stop it. But many of us have ignored that fact. You shouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s spreading. That’s what virus’s do. Oh… I forgot to say that half the country is at war with science. So, the Corona virus is spreading faster than ever. Even if we win this fight, the “new normal” promises to change our society in profound ways. Handshakes and hugs are gone for good. Air travel will be limited to the risk-taking well-to-do. We will do almost all our shopping online. Even if we eventually stop wearing masks, people will always be wary of others.

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