Year Three: Covid Is Not Over

Dani Bethea
12 min readSep 20, 2022

Updating the rant.

Content/trigger warning: discussions of self-harm, disordered eating, suicide.

Scott Pelley: Mr. President, the first Detroit Auto Show in three years…is the pandemic over?

Joe Biden: The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID, we’re still doing a lot of work on it, but uhh the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one is wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape…and so I think it’s changing and I think this is a perfect example of it.

Oof, well, where to start with unpacking this one? First of all, hi everyone, long time no type. Second, this is going to be a run-on train of thought attempt at writing like you wouldn’t believe, so get ready for this acapella piece of writing eh? Third, I hope you all have been navigating the quagmire of our impending doom with the same vigor (and anxiety that I have). Since pontificating on Jordan Peele’s Nope, the world has plunged further into chaos. This is truly the roaring (20)20s because everyone able-bodied and wealthy is partying to excess while climate change and economic instability are in the rearview mirror. Alas, the world is always being upended in some form or fashion, but whether many of you have been in the direct path of recent events is escalating with unerring frequency and for that I am sorry.

Oscillating back and forth between these two.

Once upon a time, many of us were able to enjoy a world with breathable air and safe drinking water, but history will always show you otherwise because there’s always been a segment of society (usually Black and/or Native or poor) that’s never had any of the luxuries that we so take for granted based…

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Dani Bethea

Horror Sommelier & Pop Culture Pontificator. Prev EIC: We Are Horror. Published: Studies In the Fantastic + Women of Jenji Kohan + Montréal Monstrum Society .