Do you remember where you were on March 11, 2020?

March 10, 2023

If you were like me, you were glued to the news all while hiding under the bed. Those early days of the pandemic were s c a r y! I remember doing my own research, looking back to the 1918 Spanish Flu to try to figure out what was ahead of us. 

The experts I read all said it takes about three years for a pandemic to work its way through a population before things are “normal” again. The Spanish Flu killed more than 50 million people globally, so looking as to what was coming was a little unsettling, to say the least. 

Looking back three years seems to be appropriate. Although Covid-19 is far from over, anecdotally, society in general to seems to have moved on. 

The Kaiser Family Foundation is looking back, too. In an article published on the “anniversary” date, they published “Ten Numbers to Mark Three Years of COVID-19.” 

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The numbers are impressive: some 6,859,093 people have died from Covid globally.  In the U.S. we lost 1,115,637,  a stark difference from the 50 million who died from the Spanish Flu worldwide.  Even starker than that, it was estimated that the Black Death killed 30 to 60 percent of all Europeans in just four years in the 14th century.   That would be the equivalent of between 100 – 200 million Americans dying in four years.

Obviously, science and careful management has averted what could have been far worse.  The mitigation strategies and the development and efficacy of vaccines saved millions of lives. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 71 percent of the world in general has received a dose. 

Do you remember those early days? 14 days to flatten the curve? Do you remember the morgue trucks going to New York? 

We dedicated the 2021 Bedford Guide to that most unusual year.  The Bedford Guide 2021

It’s interesting to look back at it all now. Biogen’s super spreader conference, toilet paper shortages, no traffic, unicorns, drummers, and more.

Here is a snippet of the timeline we showed in March:

I remember thinking, three years?  That seemed like forever.  Well….we’re here.

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